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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  563 ratings  ·  16 reviews
One of Voltaire's earliest tales, Zadig is set in the exotic East and is told in the comic spirit of Candide; L'Ingenu, written after Candide, is a darker tale in which an American Indian records his impressions of France
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 27th 1978 by Penguin Classics (first published November 30th 1767)
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--L'Ingénu (The Child of Nature)
Dec 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Quick, enjoyable reads, very much in the spirit of Candide (read previously). Very interesting to see the different ways the Voltaire presented his thoughts on good and evil and religiosity. Would have been more enjoyable to read an edition with footnotes to explain historical context beyond those supplied by Voltaire himself.
Apr 01, 2011 rated it liked it
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I'd never read Voltaire before this book, but I've found that he's quite a funny author. I especially enjoyed Zadig, and his misadventures that led him to becoming King. Although, he does tend to portray women in a negative light, the stories are still entertaining, and have lots of meaning, especially when taken in context of the time frame in which they were written and the politics in Europe.
Lorenzo Berardi
Voltaire had two sons:
Candide was naive and amazing, Zadig was ingenuous and good looking.
Louis Chatelet
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Las chocoaventuras de Zadig han provocado que recuerde la estrecha relación de los héroes y el destino.
Erik Graff
Oct 01, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Voltaire fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: literature
I read this book while travelling to and from grandmother's Michigan cottage via the Chicago South Shore, South Bend RR and its bus connection to Bridgman in Michigan City, Indiana. Having liked Candide quite a lot, I expected much from more Voltaire but was somewhat disappointed by these two less outrageously funny tales.
Jul 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
These stories are every bit as good as "Candide," if not superior. Voltaire is probably the funniest pre-1800s author I've read. However, don't let the humor fool you into thinking the stories lack depth.
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Quite good, L'ingénu was better than Candide for me
Jul 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
i don't know ... can we still find the man in L'ingenu
Jenny Delasalle
Intellectual stuff! Good to have an insight into this aspect of French enlightenment.
Mohammed Zakaria
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
An amazing story of a person endowed with good knowledge, wit and honesty who scuffle in every sphere of life by his destiny.
مروى أحمد
amazing book
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much about love and it's varieties, friendship or amity, cicero brought me much peace at the tender age of 15.
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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