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Candide

Candide

Paperback Norton Critical Editions

By (author) Voltaire, Volume editor Robert M. Adams

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 211mm x 13mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 7 June 1991
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393960587
  • ISBN 13: 9780393960587
  • Edition: 2, Annotated
  • Edition statement: 2nd edition
  • Sales rank: 231,599

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"Candide" is the story of a gentle man who, though pummeled and slapped in every direction by fate, clings desperately to the belief that he lives in "the best of all possible worlds." On the surface a witty, bantering tale, this eighteenth-century classic is actually a savage, satiric thrust at the philosophical optimism that proclaims that all disaster and human suffering is part of a benevolent cosmic plan. Fast, funny, often outrageous, the French philosopher's immortal narrative takes Candide around the world to discover that -- contrary to the teachings of his distringuished tutor Dr. Pangloss -- all is not always for the best. Alive with wit, brilliance, and graceful storytelling, "Candide" has become Voltaire's most celebrated work.

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