By (author) Voltaire

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  • Publisher: CSA Word
  • Format: CD-Audio | 4 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 150mm x 16mm | 146g
  • Publication date: 16 April 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 190460594X
  • ISBN 13: 9781904605942
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 2,000,918

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In this sharp and witty tale, Candide and his tutor Pangloss journey the earth, following the philosophy: All is for the best in this, the best of all possible worlds. This adage, however, is disproved at many turns, with the characters encountering opposition to their outlook. The initially naive Candide realises some of the dark truths of the eighteenth-century world, but could there be any light at the end of the tunnel? The reader - Andrew Sachs, famous for playing Manuel in Fawlty Towers, is one of Britain's best-love narrators. His talent for accents suits Candide perfectly.

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Author information

Francois-Marie Arouet (1694-1778), better known by his pen-name Voltaire, is hailed as a genius of the Enlightenment. This philosophical and political movement concerned itself with promoting a free-thinking, rational and scientific way of life. Alongside social commentators such as Locke and Descartes, Voltaire was a champion of logical reasoning, and critical of the largely superstitious and religious attitudes of his time.

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* The brilliant unabridged narration brings out all the ironies, tragedy and exuberant comedy of this 18th-century classic. The Observer * A classic audio in every sense. The Guardian