Best of All Possible Worlds: A Novel
When offered a chance to read Gary Anderson’s Best of All Possible Worlds, I’ll admit to having some cautious skepticism, something along the lines of: Tell me more (actually, exactly along that line). After checking out the synopsis, I realized that to do the book and the author any justice, it was going to require my rereading Candide—something I wasn’t exactly excited about doing. I accepted the opportunity and set about contriving excuses for my inevitable disappointment.
I dutifully reread...more
Set sail with Gary Anderson as he navigates the corridors of the human heart across the familiar seas of Voltaire’s masterpiece Candide. Best of All Possible Worlds, the title of which is taken from the mantra of Voltaire’s Pangloss, an unflattering caricature of ...more
This novel is a sort of spinoff of Voltaire's Candide. Although the optimistic Candide and his mentor Dr. Pangloss figure in the cast, the book centers on the career of the beneficent
Anabaptist who aids them; here he is given the name Jakob Onderdonk. It also follows the fortunes of his brother, polar opposite and nemesis, Robrecht.
As a literary creation, this book is quite dazzling. The world created is convincing, painted in m ...more
Firstly, I liked this book because it is of the ilk that I almost always appreciate. I love irony, satire and even sarcasm. I read Candide in preparation for reading BoAPW. I ...more
I continue to be impressed with Gary Anderson’s literary genius and I highly recommend Best Of All Possible Worlds to anyone looking for a critical and fr ...more