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Candide (Paperback)

Author: Voltaire Translator:  Lowell Bair
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0553211668
ISBN-13: 9780553211665
Sku: 30098786
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7H x 4L x 0.5T
Pages:  128
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There lived in Westphalia, at the country seat of Baron Thunder-ten-tronckh, a young lad blessed by nature (from the first line)
"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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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 philosophers 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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Candide, the quintessential innocent, has been taught by his tutor, Pangloss, that "all is for the best in this best of all possible worlds." Gradually, Candide and his beloved, Cunegonde, learn--as they travel through a world peopled with evil characters and various cruelties--the limits of Pangloss's philosophy. Voltaire's great comic masterpiece is a satire of the doctrine of optimism, which Voltaire sees as a blind acceptance of human misery.

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Norton Critical Edition
"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." - Gustave Flaubert 04/24/1852

Norton Critical Edition
"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." - Gustave Flaubert c. 1859

Norton Critical Edition
"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." - Anatole France

Norton Critical Edition
"...Voltaire is like us. The average spirit of France is in him....Voltaire is light, impulsive, a fighter; he is a Frenchman." - Emile Faguet

Norton Critical Edition
"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." - Joseph de Maistre

Norton Critical Edition
"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." - Victor Hugo 05/30/1878

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Product attributeBook Format:   Pocketbook
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0128
Product attributePublisher:   Bantam Classics
Product attributeSeries Part:   1
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