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Short Description for Candide One of the world's great satires since its first publication in 1759. Witty, caustic skewering of romance, science, philosophy, religion, government -- nearly all human ideals and institutions. A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
- Published: 01 May 1991
- Format: Paperback 112 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780486266893 ISBN 10: 0486266893
- Sales rank: 2,603
Full description for Candide
"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.