Candide (Paperback)

Author: Voltaire

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Publisher Book Jungle
Mfg Part# 9781438531427
SKU 213737555
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1438531427
Release Date 1/4/2010
Author Info
Voltaire, born Fran?ois Marie Arouet, came from a cultured, middle-class family. He received a classical education at a Jesuit school and went on to study law. He was a clever and intelligent boy, wrote poetry, and loved the theater, which sparked his decision to pursue a literary career. Voltaire spent much of his life exiled from Paris, due to his often offensive satirical verses aimed at those in power. This injustice on the part of the French monarchy and high ruling officials influenced his interest in philosophical, religious, and political freedom, the rights of writers, and the plight of the persecuted. While in prison, and later while living in England (where he envied the country's more liberal attitudes towards freedom of expression), as well as during stays in other parts of France, Switzerland, and at the court of Frederick II of Prussia, Voltaire continued to write. His prodigious output includes the first so-called "modern" historical treatises, philosophical poetry, a massive correspondence, novels, and tragic plays. By his 30s, Voltaire was a respected man of letters and had amassed a considerable fortune. As an Enlightenment thinker, he defended the extremes of rationalism, and had an enormous influence on the intellectuals who helped bring about the French Revolution. At the age of 83, Voltaire returned at last to Paris where he was met by a welcoming crowd. A few weeks later he died, at the age of 83. He reportedly wrote his masterpiece, CANDIDE, in only three days.
Praise
"Comedy turns sad as soon as it becomes human. Does not 'Don Quixote' sometimes make you grieve? I greatly admire those works of a serene and smiling desolation, like the incomparable 'Don Quixote' or like 'Candide', which are, when properly taken, manuals of indulgence and pity, bibles of benevolence."
"Thus the end of 'Candide' is for me patent proof of a genius of the first water. The claws of the lion are marked on that quiet conclusion, as stupid as life itself."
"He experienced the clarities of dawn. He illuminated the true, the just, the good, and what there is of honesty in the useful. He lit up the interior of superstitions; these ugly sights are good for us to see....to attack the ferocious magistrates and the bloody-minded priests, to take a whip and drive the moneychangers from the temple, to reclaim the heritage of orphans, to protect the weak, the suffering, and the humiliated, to struggle in behalf of the persecuted and the oppressed: that is the war of Jesus Christ. And who is the man who fought that war? It is Voltaire."
"...Voltaire is like us. The average spirit of France is in him....Voltaire is light, impulsive, a fighter; he is a Frenchman."
"As for novels, Voltaire wrote just one, which is a summary of all his works...His whole intelligence was an implement of war, a weapon. And what makes me cherish him is the disgust I feel for his followers, the Voltaireans, those people who laugh at great things. Did he laugh, himself? He ground his teeth."
"Other cynics astonished the virtuous, Voltaire amazed the vicious. He plunges into filth, roll in it, saturates himself; he yields his imagination to the enthusiasm of hell, which lends all its forces to drag him to the absolute limits of evil. He invents monsters, prodigies which cause one to blench. Paris crowned him, Sodom would have banished him."
"Other cynics astonished the virtuous, Voltaire amazed the vicious. He plunges into filth, roll in it, saturates himself; he yields his imagination to the enthusiasm of hell, which lends all its forces to drag him to the absolute limits of evil. He invents monsters, prodigies which cause one to blench. Paris crowned him, Sodom would have banished him."
"As for novels, Voltaire wrote just one, which is a summary of all his works...His whole intelligence was an implement of war, a weapon. And what makes me cherish him is the disgust I feel for his followers, the Voltaireans, those people who laugh at great things. Did he laugh, himself? He ground his teeth."
"...Voltaire is like us. The average spirit of France is in him....Voltaire is light, impulsive, a fighter; he is a Frenchman."
"He experienced the clarities of dawn. He illuminated the true, the just, the good, and what there is of honesty in the useful. He lit up the interior of superstitions; these ugly sights are good for us to see....to attack the ferocious magistrates and the bloody-minded priests, to take a whip and drive the moneychangers from the temple, to reclaim the heritage of orphans, to protect the weak, the suffering, and the humiliated, to struggle in behalf of the persecuted and the oppressed: that is the war of Jesus Christ. And who is the man who fought that war? It is Voltaire."
"Comedy turns sad as soon as it becomes human. Does not 'Don Quixote' sometimes make you grieve? I greatly admire those works of a serene and smiling desolation, like the incomparable 'Don Quixote' or like 'Candide', which are, when properly taken, manuals of indulgence and pity, bibles of benevolence."
"Thus the end of 'Candide' is for me patent proof of a genius of the first water. The claws of the lion are marked on that quiet conclusion, as stupid as life itself."
"Other cynics astonished the virtuous, Voltaire amazed the vicious. He plunges into filth, roll in it, saturates himself; he yields his imagination to the enthusiasm of hell, which lends all its forces to drag him to the absolute limits of evil. He invents monsters, prodigies which cause one to blench. Paris crowned him, Sodom would have banished him."
"As for novels, Voltaire wrote just one, which is a summary of all his works...His whole intelligence was an implement of war, a weapon. And what makes me cherish him is the disgust I feel for his followers, the Voltaireans, those people who laugh at great things. Did he laugh, himself? He ground his teeth."
"...Voltaire is like us. The average spirit of France is in him....Voltaire is light, impulsive, a fighter; he is a Frenchman."
"He experienced the clarities of dawn. He illuminated the true, the just, the good, and what there is of honesty in the useful. He lit up the interior of superstitions; these ugly sights are good for us to see....to attack the ferocious magistrates and the bloody-minded priests, to take a whip and drive the moneychangers from the temple, to reclaim the heritage of orphans, to protect the weak, the suffering, and the humiliated, to struggle in behalf of the persecuted and the oppressed: that is the war of Jesus Christ. And who is the man who fought that war? It is Voltaire."
"When we observe such things as the recrudescence of Fundamentalism in the United States, the horrors of religious fanaticism in the Middle East, the appaling danger which the stubbornness of political intolerance presents to the whole world, we must surely conclude that we can still profit by the example of the lucidity, the acumen, the intellectual honesty and the moral courage of Voltaire."
From the Publisher
Annotation This inside of this book is the familiar, classic tale of the innocent Candide and his travels, translated from the French by Theo Cuffe. What sets this edition apart is the cover, where quirky cartoonist Chris Ware quickly and hilariously sketches the cast of characters, the plot, and the major themes of the story in a few panels.
Annotation 1 This inside of this book is the familiar, classic tale of the innocent Candide and his travels, translated from the French by Theo Cuffe. What sets this edition apart is the cover, where quirky cartoonist Chris Ware quickly and hilariously sketches the cast of characters, the plot, and the major themes of the story in a few panels.
First Line There lived in Westphalia, at the country seat of Baron Thunder-ten-tronckh, a young lad blessed by nature
First Line 3 There lived in Westphalia, at the country seat of Baron Thunder-ten-tronckh, a young lad blessed by nature
Annotation 4 This inside of this book is the familiar, classic tale of the innocent Candide and his travels, translated from the French by Theo Cuffe. What sets this edition apart is the cover, where quirky cartoonist Chris Ware quickly and hilariously sketches the cast of characters, the plot, and the major themes of the story in a few panels.
First Line 5 There lived in Westphalia, at the country seat of Baron Thunder-ten-tronckh, a young lad blessed by nature
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