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Candide and Other Stories (World's Classics)

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Candide is the most famous of Voltaire's "philosophical tales," in which he combined witty improbabilities with the sanest of good sense. First published in 1759, it was an instant bestseller and has come to be regarded as one of the key texts of the Enlightenment. What Candide does for chivalric romance, the other tales in this selection--Micromegas, Zadig, The Ingenu, an ...more
Published November 22nd 1990 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1759)
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Anthony Vacca
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anthony by: Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
After dismissing Candide as something probably dumb for the better part of twelve years, I decided to finally read Voltaire’s most famous work, thanks to the prodding of fellow GR-er Nathan “N.R.” Gaddis , who in turn gets all his best ideas from Steven Moore, such as choosing this English translation as opposed to all the others. In any case, I’m happy to report that Roger Pearson’s translation of Candide is the cat’s pyjamas. Never has rape, mutilation, murder, amputations, public burnings an ...more
Ana Rînceanu
Having already read Candide, Zadig and Micromegas, I skipped to the following:

What pleases the ladies - a poem about a knight making a trip to Rome, makes a detour to Paris where a does harm to a pretty shop-girl's eggs and virtue so is brought before the queen; he is sentenced to hang unless he can gain pardon by finding "what pleases all the fair". (view spoiler)
En esta selección de cuentos del filósofo francés Voltaire, uno de los máximos exponentes de la Ilustración, no están todos los recogidos en el volumen Romans et Contes (1778), pero sí los mejores. No me suele ocurrir que me encanten todos los cuentos de un autor, pero en este caso así ha sido. Los cinco cuentos reunidos en Cándido y otros cuentos (1974) son filosóficos. Voltaire los escribió con el fin de hacer reflexionar al lector.

En el primer cuento, titulado «Memnón o la sabiduría humana»,
Adriane Devries
Candide is perhaps sixteenth-century French philosopher Voltaire’s most memorable work. It is his anthem of a world view that challenges the naïve notion that all of man’s troubled existence is “the best of all possible worlds.” Voltaire moves his protagonist Candide through every conceivable trauma available in his time period: enlistment in the army, beatings, shipwrecking, robbery, torture by the Inquisition, and separation from his beloved Cunégonde, for whom all his sufferings began; expose ...more
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
At seven stars for Candide, and three stars for the other nearly identical Voltaire works included in this book (Ingenu, White Bull, Zadig and Micromegas), the average neatly comes out to a hearty five stars. I'm not sure if it's just the work of this translator, but the writing and biting sarcasm feels very modern; perhaps Voltaire's antipathy is something people of any age can relate to. The writing easily reaches out through the ages, giving a finger to the modern reader in a sarcastic voice ...more
I only read Candide but I feel like that's enough Voltaire for now, although I did enjoy exploring the text in detail. His use of satire and intelligent vocabulary makes for an enjoyable read, but knowing the background information kinda completes the experience. A good read for my course yay
Jackie "the Librarian"
Another one I read in French class, although I cheated and got a copy of the English translation.
What a wacky story! We live in the best of all possible worlds, according to Dr. Pangloss. And yet Candide suffers through trial and tribulation, and meets the victims of terrible situations. Mainly, I remember something about women forced to slice off one butt cheek each to have something to eat.
Absurdity at its finest.
Apr 06, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z-2014, z-spring-2014
garbage book
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Candide is still the best of all possible stories in this collection, a five-star amusement. Zadig, Micromegas and the Ingenu follow a similar philosophical road trip to knowledge, or not.
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There may be some dispute about what the purpose of philosophy should be, but one strong contender is that it should be about seeking the good life and finding happiness. In this selection of stories, Voltaire, the philosopher’s anti-philosopher, shows many characters seeking happiness in different ways, and we get to see just how elusive that happiness is.

This volume comprises six stories. Candide is of course the most famous one, and tells the tale of a young man dismissed as a servant and for
J.T. Wilson
Five of the arch-scoundrel's tales compiled in one volume but diminished by their similarity to one another.

The title story is a classic: a cartoonish aggregation of improbable adventures, miseries and implausible escapes in which the hapless knave Candide must travel the globe and survive torture, murder, earthquakes, mutilation and the Spanish Inquisition in order to win the heart of his inamorata Cunegund.

The supporting material comes off as so many inferior versions. The eponymous hero in
Eliana Rivero
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quien piense que la literatura y la filosofía no pueden estar ligados, no ha leído a Voltaire. Las dos novelas cortas (porque Cándido y El ingenuo deberían ser consideradados como novelas cortas) y los cuatro cuentos que nos presenta este autor francés, representante de la Ilustración, son sus versiones altamente paródicas sobre los cuentionamientos en torno a la vida. A parte de la vida y sus intrincadas tragedias, se cuestiona mucho las corrientes de pensamiento que imperaban en esa época (sig ...more
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My copy includes these stories:
Candide (of course)
The Ingenu
The White Bull

Among all five stories, my favourite is the “The Ingenu” because it was simple and yet concise and very meaningful. Candide and Zadig are two similar stories (in my opinion) the ideas and wits are the same. I enjoyed every bit of Voltaire’s witty short stories. It’s not that FUNNY (like The Family Guy or SNL type of humour by today’s modern world) but it must have been a good laughing experience reading Volt

"The Baron was one of the most powerful noblemen in Westphalia, for his castle had a door and windows."

Now,that's funny. And so are all the disasters and contretemps imaginable that beat down on our hero Candide.

I appreciated Voltaire's biting philosophical satire that Candide is - it's funny in places and keeps the story going without dwelling on the finer points of philosophy, which explains its tremendous popularity when it was published and got banned by the Pope.

The story, however,
Evi Routoula
Τα δύο αστεράκια δεν είναι για τα διηγήματα του Βολταίρου αλλά για την άσχημη μετάφραση και την κάκιστη έκδοση. Κάποια στιγμή οι εκδότες , κάποιοι από αυτούς, όχι βέβαια όλοι, πρέπει να συνειδητοποιήσουν ότι δεν φτάνει ένα καλό κείμενο. Η μετάφραση είναι σημαντικότατη στα ξενόγλωσσα έργα, είναι ένα είδος συγγραφής. Επίσης η επιμέλεια σε οποιοδήποτε κείμενο είναι επιβεβλημένη και όχι προαιρετική.
Fadhl Alesayi
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Candide is one of the best book I've read because it talks about a peroson (Candide) who is kicked out of a castle after he steals a kiss from his lover. After that, his adventures starts. The story of Canide reveals the differences of several societies at that era and how a human being is treated differently.
Feb 24, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Lu en classe.
Ils sont excellents.
May 12, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For some reason, I wrote "I have rich lady cheekbones" on the inside back cover. I have no idea why.
Aug 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: university
3,5 stars.
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Optimism," said Cacambo, "what is that?" "Alas!" replied Candide, "it is the stubbornness of maintaining that everything is the best when everything is the worst!"
As a self-declared optimist, I probably shouldn't have enjoyed Voltaire's sardonic satire nearly as much as I did. Candide looks at the misfortunes of the world in stark--and humorous--contrast to the way in which philosophers attempt to grasp all the deepest mysteries of reality and human suffering. The ending, admittedly, leaves som
Daniel B-G
The version I read contained Candide/The Ingenus/Zadig/Nanine, listed in descending order of merit. Candide is an excellent story with a good "moral" (don't assume others are happy for all their status, instead learn to be happy where you are). The ingenu is a raucous description and criticism of french society. Zadig is a hopelessly naive tale of enlightenment delusions. Nanine is a pedestrian polemic against distinctions of class.
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is probably one of the few books that I liked so much that I read the introduction too. A must read for all panglossian optimists.
M. Milner
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A compact collection that pairs Voltaire’s most famous work with a handful of lesser known stories, the Oxford World Classic’s edition of Candide is an interesting read but one that left me wanting a lot more.

A short tale and infamous almost right off the bat, Candide follows a the titular character through Europe, the New World and a couple places not exactly on the map, showing up philosophers and organized religion everywhere he goes. He’s a guy with a cheerful sort of naïveté, always looking
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Good Reading: 100 Significant Books
Voltaire is a famous philosopher of the Enlightenment, and Candide his most famous work. It's very short, less than a hundred pages, and the edition I read filled out the book with three other novellas, Zadig, Ingenu, The White Bull and a short story Micromegas. Although Candide is the most celebrated work in the book, it wasn't necessarily my favorite--but I did find it amusing. Candide is a satiric send-up of Leibniz's theory of optimism through Candide's mentor Dr. Pangloss, who believes we l ...more
Matt Perry
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If, after 257 years, your satire of human nature and contemporary Europeans can still make a 7th grader laugh, you know you did something right. I recently finished reading this book with one of my students, and he thought it was hilarious from the first page. The sheer absurdity of the situations in which Candide, his teacher Pangloss, and other characters constantly find themselves is funny enough, but their stubborn refusal to see the world differently despite their many setbacks and tragedie ...more
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: naughty-classic
This is a wonderful collection of short stories including the famous Candide first published in 1759. I did not know what to expect of Candide or indeed anything from Voltaire; but I found Candide an immensely funny and clever tale. I now gather that it has been highly regarded since it was written (except of course the Catholic Church that banned it at the time for its insightful arguments against religious ideas and doctrines). The turn of phrase is skilfully funny and pithy. Candide is a Germ ...more
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Saddened by the great Lisbon earthquake that killed tens of thousands Voltaire penned this classic story of a simple man enduring countless adversities and hanging on to the notion that all works out for the best and that this is the best possible of worlds.

This brand of positivism that was espoused by many including Leibniz was essentially the idea that everything has some good attached to it, even great evil. Voltaire couldn't see how this could be and attacked this in Candide. Voltaire hated
Martin Hernandez
De este libro solamente recuerdo los primeros dos cuentos, "Cándido" y "Micromegas". "Cándido, o el Optimismo" es una divertidísima sátira de la filosofía positivista de LEIBNIZ, y es un muestrario de los horrores del mundo del siglo XVIII. En Cándido, LEIBNIZ está representado por el filósofo Pangloss, tutor del protagonista. A pesar de observar y experimentar una serie de infortunios, Pangloss afirma repetidamente que "todo sucede para bien" y que vive en "el mejor de los mundos posibles" pero ...more
Aug 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In 1694, Age of Enlightenment leader Francois-Marie Arouet, known as Voltaire, was born in Paris. Jesuit-educated, he began writing clever verses by the age of 12. He launched a lifelong, successful playwriting career in 1718, interrupted by imprisonment in the Bastille. Upon a second imprisonment, in which Francois adopted the pen na
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