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Candide was the most brilliant challenge to the idea endemic in Voltaire s day, that all is for the best in the best possible worldsIt was the indifferent shrug and callous intertia that this optimism concealed which so angered Voltaire, who found the all for the best approach a patently inadequate response to suffering, to natural disasters such as the recent earthquakes in Lima and Lisbon not to mention the questions of illness and man made war Moreover, as the rebel whose satiric genius had earned him not only international acclaim, but two stays in the Bastille, flogging and exile, Voltaire knew personally what suffering involvedIn Candide he whisks his young hero and friends through a ludicrious variety of tortures, tragedies and reversals of fortune, in the company of Pangloss, a matapysico theologo cosmolo nigologist of unflinching optimism The result is one of the glories of the eighteenth century satire Consider me dramatically and unequivocally unimpressed I did not laugh once I do not engage with stories that are simple allegory to represent a philosophy I want a little bit of substance I want some storytelling involved.Call it a product of its time if you like, but laziness is the word that comes to mind I won t waste any words here. Bonjour, M Candide Bienvenue au site Goodreads Qu en pensez vousIt s OK, we can speak English Pour encourager les autres, as one might say Eh superI mean, good So, what do you make of twenty first century Britain Vraiment sympathiqueI am reading of your little scandale with the expenses of the Houses of Parliament It is a great moment for la d mocratie Now there will be des lections, the people will be able to choose better representatives, we will see that the country ha Bonjour, M Candide Bienvenue au site Goodreads Qu en pensez vousIt s OK, we can speak English Pour encourager les autres, as one might say Eh superI mean, good So, what do you make of twenty first century Britain Vraiment sympathiqueI am reading of your little scandale with the expenses of the Houses of Parliament It is a great moment for la d mocratie Now there will be des lections, the people will be able to choose better representatives, we will see that the country has become stronger as a result So really it was a good thing Oh, of course, all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds What Including, I don t know, the Iraq War AbsoluementIt is similar If M Bush had not started this very unpopular war, then the American voters would never have decided to choose M Obama, who you can see is the best possible pr sident you could have at this moment tr s difficile de l histoire But I think they chose him,than anything else, because of the economic meltdown Bien s r, the war on its own would not have been enough, la crise conomique also was necessary All is for the best M Candide, you think that global warming and the impending collapse of the world s climate is also for the best Mais, a se voitBecause of the global warming, la science et la technologie will be forced to make new avances, people in all countries will start to work together, and we will enter a new golden age Soon it will be as in El Dorado, that I visited once in l Amerique du Sud Um So I suppose that the spread of AIDS in sub Saharan Africa, genocide in Rwanda and Rush Limbaugh are also good things when you look at them from the right angle EvidementFirst, le SIDA By making drug companies and researchers focus on No, wait Forget AIDS What about Stephenie Meyer Is she a good thing too Eh oui non this book, Fascination how do you say, Twilight alors If only my dear Doctor Pangloss was here, he could explain to you 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 world is for the best One of the first scenes is filled with two emotional opposites for Candide who first gets to kiss his love, Cunegonde behind a screen, only to then be kicked out of the castle, literally, by the Baron of Thunder ten Tronckh Here then begins Candide s incredible, fantastical adve 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 world is for the best One of the first scenes is filled with two emotional opposites for Candide who first gets to kiss his love, Cunegonde behind a screen, only to then be kicked out of the castle, literally, by the Baron of Thunder ten Tronckh Here then begins Candide s incredible, fantastical adventure which takes him all over the globe with his mind always believing in the viewpoint that the folly of optimism Moving on from being a soldier in the Bulgarian army to being shipwrecked, being involved with the aftermath of an earthquake to being robbed and swindledtimes than seems fair our hero has a lot of bad luck One of the overarching issues of this narrative is to present that it isn t just Candide that bad things happen to and that the world is just pretty damn horrible Tragic things happen to all our main characters including philosopher Dr Pangloss and a nice old lady who saved Candide from certain death The tale is humorously and satirically presented in short, sharp chapters by Voltaire Some descriptions of doom and degradation are presented in a comic fashion because if they were not they might be too unspeakably horrid and upsetting to read, and therefore would not keep us readers interested in, well, reading further The heartlessness, negativity, and cold heartedness of humans is a frequent aura and undertone throughout The novel features all sorts of nastiness such as rape, murder, prostitution, and slavery among other diabolical nastiness and nonsense The only part of this book where Voltaire excludes any use of humour is when he talks about slavery after we meet a mutilated man This is quite poignant when the author has presented all the mephistophelian activities previously that slavery doesn t deserve any humour arguably making this the crime Voltaire begrudges the most in this world There are many heart rending, pitiful and distressing moments throughout, sprinkled with humour and comedy Candide and his valet Cacambo, after nearly being eaten by indigenous people arrive in Voltaire s Utopia El Dorado This was my favourite section of the book as this unobtainable existence is a polar opposite of everything that the two young men have faced so far Gold and diamonds litter the streets as pebbles, there is no law, scientific advancements that make the Western world jealous, no prisons and is opposite to the popular viewpoint of the story that all is misery and illusion The main plot progression throughout the book is Candide trying to find his love Cunegonde as he wishes to marry her which is his reason for stupidly in my opinion leaving this wonderful place The whole cast is likable Some of the times they meet up with friends spontaneously all over the world is amazingly far fetched Two of the main characters are previously mentioned optimistic philosopher Dr Pangloss and ultimately pessimistic scholar and travel companion of Candide s, Martin The juxtaposition here is very interesting It is very black and white for these extreme viewpoints There is no compromise or middle ground A great amount of philosophy is discussed throughout the book in conversations usually prompted by Candide who wants answers to how the world works It may very well be that he changes his optimistic opinion throughout the narrative I probably shouldn t like a book with so much negativity but it is incredibly written It reminded me of Verne s Around The World In Eighty Days Both being high octane adventures transversing across the globe but with Candide s undertones being a lotmacabre.My favourite scene was when Candide discusses classic literature such as Homer, Virgil, and Horace to a King who dislikes everything You will agree that this is the happiest of mortals, for he is above everything he possesses Negativity and hatred is the main theme throughout the whole novel The problem with reviewing classic literature like this is that many greater wordsmiths over previous centuries have writtenpoetic and moving opinions I m an ant looking up at these amazing intellects and just trying to give my thoughts I struggle to write about legendary books however I enjoyed the book so much I had to write down a few blurbs of thoughts even though the quality will be lacking when compared to previous critics If you haven t already, this book is very well worth reading James Tivendale Slightly disappointed with the next Gabriel Garcia Marquez, I took on this classic IN ONE SITTING J S Where has this one been all my life I adore Candide because it is rife with adventure, it is a speedy read, and at the very end you experience a vortex of feelings and NOVEL concepts It transcends literature itself.Compare this to Dante To Shakespeare I could not help but smile at all the awful misadventures of our poor fool This is made for someone, like me, who thinks The Alchemi Slightly disappointed with the next Gabriel Garcia Marquez, I took on this classic IN ONE SITTING.J S Where has this one been all my life I adore Candide because it is rife with adventure, it is a speedy read, and at the very end you experience a vortex of feelings and NOVEL concepts It transcends literature itself.Compare this to Dante To Shakespeare I could not help but smile at all the awful misadventures of our poor fool This is made for someone, like me, who thinks The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho isn t all that I even told G that I was put off by the cover that is, not until the entire book is ravished torn apart by the ravenous reader does the simple, almost academic print of a globe in this particular edition of Candide make sense.Sovoila Voltaire Easily EASILY Top Ten