Candide

Candide

Brought up in the household of a powerful Baron, Candide is an open-minded young man, whose tutor, Pangloss, has instilled in him the belief that 'all is for the best'. But when his love for the Baron's rosy-cheeked daughter is discovered, Candide is cast out to make his own way in the world.

And so he and his various companions begin a breathless tour of Europe, South America and Asia, as an outrageous series of disasters befall them - earthquakes, syphilis, a brush with the Inquisition, murder - sorely testing the young hero's optimism.

Title:Candide
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780486266893
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    Candide Reviews

  • Manny

    - Bonjour, M. Candide! Bienvenue au site Goodreads! Qu'en pensez-vous?- 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...

  • James Lafayette  Tivendale

    Voltaire's novel introduces the reader to Candide, a wide-eyed, calm and slightly bland young gentleman who resides at Castle Westphalia and who believes in the philosophy that "everything in the worl...

  • David Lentz

    "Candide" is an accessible masterpiece which demonstrated to the world Volatire's genius as a satirist. The eponymous Candide is a young man tutored by an optimist who is convinced according to the ca...

  • Fabian

    Slightly disappointed with the next-Gabriel Garcia Marquez, I took on this classic in one sitting.J**US!Where has this one been all my life? I adore "Candide" because it is rife with adventure, it is ...

  • Lisa

    “If this is the best of possible worlds, what then are the others?”If the world was created to drive us mad, as one character in "Candide" suggests, it is quite well suited for its purpose and run...

  • Lizzy

    I dedicate this review to my dear friend Roger, a writer of inspiring reviews. This is in great part in answer to your question: "Do you ever read anything light?"Roger made me think: what major liter...

  • K.D. Absolutely

    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. ...

  • Chris

    Zounds! This book is wildly entertaining and I giggled all the way through Candide's awful adventures. Who would have thought that murder, rape, slavery, sexual exploitation, natural disaster, pillagi...

  • Rakhi Dalal

    I loved Candide! It is such a brilliant satire on the ideas observed through the glass of rosy eyed philosophy. “All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds”!!! Candide, a young fellow,...

  • Rowena

    This is a truly hilarious satire which starts with poor Candide being kicked out of the castle where he was born and brought up, after he falls in love with the baron’s daughter, Cunegonde. Then his...