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Candide and Zadig

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  139 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Two of the Most Brilliant Satires Ever Written. Candide & Zadig are also superb tales of adventure and action. Written in a clean, hard prose, they magically transport the reader to the four corners of Europe, to the New World and to the Levant.

Candide and Zadi are innocent young men who set out to test the lessons of the classroom in the outside world. The misfortune
Paperback, 217 pages
Published 1968 by Washington Square Press
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Sep 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
The two stories contained in this paperback are very similar. Both are satires and romances of some sort, each focusing on a main character, one who gets through life on his wits, the other gets through life on his luck of stumbling on a land of riches. Both travel the world in hopes of being reacquainted with the women that they have fallen in love with.

Candide is a written to kind of laugh at the philosophy of "optimism", which, the editor notes, was very common philosophical lean during the t
Crystal Hunter
Candide was a bit disappointing; however, Zadig was a good read.
Claus Brinker
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some fairly amusing short novellas.
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Candide was a reread - I had fun rediscovering the many quips & satiric witticisms, & can appreciate the ridiculousness of extreme Optimism even more now than when I was a teenager. I really enjoyed the parables in Zadig, & vastly preferred the characters, but it didn't have the sharp bite of Candide, & wasn't fully satisfied with the concluding philosophy. Great read overall.
May 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A section in the middle of Candide gets a bit boring, but Voltaire quickly recovers. Overall, hilarious and brilliant. If you want evidence that humanity has always been idiotic, Voltaire provides plenty. (i only read candide.)
Tracie Hall
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Yikes! Both of thee stories are about virtuous optimists who endure the bleakest of life's vicissitudes at every turn, and so it seems do most all the characters they encounter. Challenging the ideas that men live by, they succeed as philosophical satires.
Danny Bobby
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Candide about a month or so ago and loved it, so I decided to check out the story of Zadig. This story definitely has a similar feel to it as Candide, but it leans ever so slightly more toward the "feel good" side of the scale.
Nov 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Timeless on human nature. Love it.
Miriam Fitting
Young man travels epically in 1700s (?), tries to ive life according to philosophy, discover true philosophy, ltimatly fails and is miserabe. Highly humerous, much biting sarcasm and wit.
Aug 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Oh, Voltaire. Such wit, such sarcasm.
Sep 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
One of my favorites! I love Candide!
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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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