Candide begins in the German town of Westphalia, where Candide, a young man, lives in the castle of Baron of Thunder-ten-tronckh. A noted philosopher, Doctor Pangloss, tutors the baron on philosophical optimism, the idea that "all is for the best . . . in this best of all worlds." Candide, a simple man, first accepts this philosophy, but as he experiences the horrors of war, poverty, the maliciousness of man, and the hypocrisy of the church, he begins to doubt the voracity of Pangloss's theory. Thus, philosophical optimism is the focus of Votaire's satire; anti-war and anti-church refrains also run throughout the novel.
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I liked it, it challenged me grammatically and mentally.
Definitely a good read.
I’m always amazed to read books or articles written so long ago and find their relevance in today’s world. I found this work a pleasant departure to my usual diet of deep reads, but wasn’t sure I could force myself to finish it seeing I wanted very much to get on to reading “ Notes from the underground” by Dystosky sp?
I’m glad I pressed on.
Candide, author Voltaire
This book, written purposely as a melodrama, actually captures the truth of the human condition. It deals with actual human nature, including the empirical fact that your fellow humans are willing to slice you up for their own benefit. And it explains, succinctly and at the very end, of how you deal with ‘the nature of the beast’ and do so constructively and in an acceptable way that will satisfy your needs.