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Don Quixote and Candide Seek Truth, Justice and El Dorado in the Digital Age

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  8 reviews
After years of living off their celebrity, Don Quixote and Candide join forces to seek adventure in the modern world. In this re-imagining of literary history the two meet Cyrano De Bergerac, Merlin, Sherlock Holmes, the crew of the Starship Enterprise, Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Dean Moriarty, Elizabeth Darcy (nEe Bennett) Mr. Darcy and multitude of historical figures, and sh ...more
Paperback, 302 pages
Published June 23rd 2017 by Marketing Concepts Intl
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Kirsty ❤️
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is delightfully bonkers. Candide and don Quixote are still alive in 2017 and happily off on another adventure which now has me wanting to go back and revisit all the old Star Trek movies...

There's a lot to pack in here: the duo go to America to start with on the quest to find El Dorado but then end up shipwrecked near Bermuda amongst other things. It's quite fun, it goes really fast. I think the whole trip lasts them about 6 months but time seems to go as quickly as reading the book. I
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Ditrie Bowie
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Don Quixote & Candide Seek Truth, Justice, and El Dorado in the Digital Age, by Stefan Soto (a.k.a. Stephen Doster) is a work of pure genius. Told entirely from Candide’s perspective, this book is full of wit and irony (a word whose meaning is debated several times by key characters). This is the perfect read for those well-versed in classic literature, but even those without that background will find this story entertaining. ...more
Paul Franco
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Candide—after he got tired of his farm—wanders into a bar where Don Quixote is entertaining German tourists with his stories. They feel a kinship and decide to explore this modern world together, with Candide’s ultimate goal to get back to El Dorado.
For someone who’s loved the book for decades, it’s more than a little weird listening to the thoughts of a grown-up and no longer-innocent/naïve Candide. Yes, at the end of that novel he’s lost that charm, but he’s far worse here. On the other hand,
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Jim
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
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I have to say that I really liked Candide’s response when Don Quixote asks him if the people of America are as civilized as Europeans:

If by civilized, you mean they have had many wars, oppressed whole peoples, and embraced social status based on wealth, then the answer is a decided Yes! In addition to all that, they have theme parks.

But other than that, I felt like this book was a bit lacking.

Yes, it’s a fun idea. I know it’s been done in different ways by different authors (see Phili
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Mariah
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: lots-of-laughter, arc
“May I propose that we name the first chapter, The Quest—In Which We See The Resurrection Of Don Quixote, Otherwise Known As The Man Of La Mancha And Hero Of Great Deeds, His Meeting Candide, A Self-Claimed Frenchman Of Dubious Notoriety, As They Embark On A Most Perilous Journey Fraught With Dangers, Intrigues, Battles With Sorcerers And Giants, Seeking Untold Treasures In The Mythical Realm Known As El Dorado, Beseeching The Guiding Hand Of Providence To Lead Them As They Encounter Enchanted ...more
Katya Vinogradova
I read a digital copy of this book through NetGalley.

What a brilliant concept! And a great execution of said concept - well done, Stefan Soto!
I was a little confused at first by the odd presence of Don Quixote and Candide in the modern world. I wasn't sure if they were real, imaginary, human, immortal, or something else entirely. What made it more difficult to comprehend was their varying perception of the modern world. Candide was embracing technology, however slowly, and other modern realities
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Joel Mitchell
Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This book is basically an excuse to have various fictional characters interact with each other in the modern world. If you look up picaresque novel on Wikipedia, you will get a pretty good idea of the wandering, disconnected style of this book. The focus is on individual episodes and snarky quips rather than an overall plot with the connections between episodes being fairly random and unbelievable. If you like this picaresque style you will probably enjoy the book...personally, I'm not a huge fa ...more
Bob
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this. As a fan of both Candide and Don Quixote, I was prepared to be very critical indeed, but Stefan Soto has succeeded in blending the doomed search for the "best of all possible worlds" with the equally doomed "impossible dream" while at the same time mixing in his own satiric humour in a work that is both intellectually satisfying and at the same time funny as Hell! Brilliant!
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