Caustic and hilarious, Candide has ranked as one of the world's great satires since its first publication in 1759. It concerns the adventures of the youthful Candide, disciple of Dr. Pangloss, who was himself a disciple of Leibniz.
In the course of his travels and adventures in Europe and South America, Candide saw and suffered such misfortune that it was difficult for him to believe this was "the best of all possible worlds" as Dr. Pangloss had assured him. Indeed, it seemed to be quite the opposite. In brilliantly skewering such naïveté, Voltaire mercilessly exposes and satirizes romance, science, philosophy, religion, and government — the ideas and forces that permeate and control the lives of men.
After many trials and travails, Candide is reunited with Cunegonde, his sweetheart. He then buys a little farm in Turkey where he and Cunegonde, Dr. Pangloss and others all retire. In the end, Candide decides that the best thing in the world is to cultivate one's own garden. A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
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good adventures. encouraging modest lifestyle
Just finished reading Votaire’s adventurous novel Candide. I had planned to compare it with those of Alxander Dumas, especially with the The Count of Monte Cristo, but then I realized they are not comparable. The former focuses more on tragedies and philosophies; the latter emphasizes more on romance and adventurous plots. The Candide at its conclusion tells us to live modestly, and The Count of Monte Cristo teaches us how to use our imagination or optimism. Personally I prefer The Count of Monte Cristo, but as for the accuracy and efficency of using language the Candide demonstrates a better worth.
Nothing Like No Fear Shakespeare
No modern English whatever on the opposing page. Such a lie. Don't bother paying 99 cents for this- its the same exact thing as the free version.