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- It's OK, we can speak English. Pour encourager les autres, as one might say.
- Eh... super! I mean, good! So, what do you make of twenty-first century Britain?
- Vraiment sympathique! I am reading of your little scandale with the expenses of the Houses of Parliament. It is a great moment for la démocratie. Now there will be des élections, the people will be able to choose better representatives, we will see that the country ha ...more
Here then begins Candide's incredible, fantastical adve ...more
Where has this one been all my life? I adore "Candide" because it is rife with adventure, it is a speedy read, and at the very end you experience a vortex of feelings and NOVEL concepts. It transcends literature itself.
Compare this to Dante. To Shakespeare! I could not help but smile at all the awful misadventures of our poor fool. This is made for someone, like me, who thinks "The Alchemi ...more
Roger made me think: what major literature work, as nothing less would do!, that I read would fit the definition of light? Of course, Candide came up front to my mind. And what makes Candide so brilliant and hilarious? Not one think, but various factors combined:
1. Remarkable characters: a hopelessly naïve protagonist, for whom you ha ...more
If the world was created to drive us mad, as one character in "Candide" suggests, it is quite well suited for its purpose and running like a fine-tuned machine. If, on the other hand, everything is for the best in this best of possible worlds, as the optimist philosopher Pangloss claims in admiration for Leibniz' idea of a benevolent, planning, organised deity, the above question is fair and scary. What are the other worlds like, ...more
Still a bit much indeed.
Sure, I see what Voltaire is railing at: Effete philosophically liberal posturing - without a heart.
But aren’t theorists of all stripes NOW more or less heartless? Ah, for the old Kantian days...
No wonder we’re at our current impasse everywhere!
Sure, I know where Voltaire is coming from. He’s coming out of a traumatically blighted Childhood at the hands of so ...more
panglossian - adj. characterized by or given to extreme optimism, especially in the face of unrelieved hardship or adversity.If an English word came from a book's character, that must be something. If the book was written and first published in the 18th century and many people still read it up to now, that must be really something.
I thought Voltaire's Candide was a difficult boring slow long read. Wrong. Exactly the opposite. It's an easy, very entertaining, fast-paced and short (only 100 pa ...more
Here's some pretty good insight from the old woman with one buttock:
"I have been a hundred times upon the point of killing myself, but still I was fond of life. This ridiculous weakness is, perhaps, one of the dangerous principles im ...more
I did not laugh once. I do not engage with stories that are simple allegory to represent a philosophy. I want a little bit of substance. I want some storytelling involved.
Call it a product of its time if you like, but laziness is the word that comes to mind.
I won't waste anymore words here.
Candide, a young fellow, believes that whatever happens is for the best, courtesy his tutor Dr. Pangloss. The writing covers a number of unfavorable happenings and incidents, which should have been sufficient enough to let him abandon the colored glasses. But voila! Our man Candide is one optimist! He continues believing even ...more
― Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
You know what really irritates me? Over the top optimism due to a belief that everything happens according to some divine plan. 'Oh, you just lost your home in a hurricane? Well, "God" has a plan and a purpose for this. Just you wait, someday you'll be thankful this happened!' 'Oh, your child has blood cancer and will die a horrific death? Well, "God" works in mysterious ways but his will is always best.'
Bull. Fucki ...more
Candide experiences trial after trial, each one as bad and as far-fetched as the last. However, the way in which these trials were described did not make one feel too sorry for him; the story had more of the feel o ...more
I have to admit straightaway that in my youth, I was most like the naïve and often foolish Candide, believing in the teachings of the optimistic Dr. Pangloss that "all is for the best". Tho ...more
At one time, Candide was a must-read. But, for the average person ...more
And following this sententious wisdom Candide embarks on the quest of his life.
Never was anything so gallant, so well accoutred, so brilliant, and so finely disposed as the two armies. The trumpets, fifes, hautboys, drums, and cannon made such harmony as never was heard in Hell itself.
His adventures begin with war… Wars bring glory to those who are on the winning side… Especially to the monarchs and their generals… As for the rest, they may ...more
3.5 stars rounded up for its Classic-ness.
Everyone knows this story, don’t they? A gentle-hearted and dimwitted pretty boy has his life turned upside-down, repeatedly, and in the most reprehensible ways—not just him, everyone he knows or admires or loves—all for the love of a woman* whose name is, presumably, premised on a joke, a pun, for female genitalia.
Yes, folks, a charming little picaresque which, in addition to being an extended opportunity for risqué jokes, afforded Voltaire a much-ne...more
Cacambo expliquait les bons mots du roi à Candide, et quoique traduits, ils paraissaient toujours des bons mots. De tout ce qui étonnait Candide, ce n'était pas ce qui l'étonna le moins....more
Cacambo explained the king's witty remarks to Candide, and, althou
The first I find to be as silly and pointless as Aesop or Passion Plays. Characters in an allegory are oversimplified symbols, and so cannot comment on the nature of actual human beings. The style is already so firmly affixed to cultural states and norms that it cannot really say a ...more
What I found particularly interesting here was the discussion of war – how the horrors of war are presented in such an off-hand way and almost invariably the utter inhumanity of what is describe ...more
There is a good deal of social and political satire, something I often find to be a little weak; it's easy to point and laugh, harder to say what might be better. Voltaire, does howe ...more
In this book, we also have a philosophical conversation: between pessimism and optimism. Throughout the bo ...more
However, I'll give a summary for those who would be interested in reading the book. The story is about Candide and his journey through so many adventures and perils in the hope of being reunited with his love. The writing is full of satire and Voltaire's critic ...more
This is a piece of satire that was entertaining enough, but by the end, I was really skimming and I don’t think I actually got much out of this.
So Candide was written in an era where philosophical thought was that the world was full of meaning. Voltaire disagreed. And so he wrote an entire book making fun of it, as you do.
And that is…. all this book is. All of the characters are horribly dislikable, the plot is completely ridiculous, etc etc etc - this is just satire and ...more
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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 ...more