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Candide, or, Optimism

Author: Voltaire; John Butt
Publisher: Baltimore, Md. : Penguin Books, 1947.
Series: Penguin classics, L4.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This work is a French satire written in 1759 by Voltaire, a philosopher during the Age of Enlightenment. Voltaire savagely skewers a very "optimistic" approach to life as a shamefully inadequate response to human suffering. The swift and lively tale follows the absurdly melodramatic adventures of the youthful Candide, who is forced into the army, flogged, shipwrecked, betrayed, robbed, separated from his beloved  Read more...
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Named Person: Voltaire
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Voltaire; John Butt
OCLC Number: 4205549
Description: 144 pages ; 18 cm.
Series Title: Penguin classics, L4.
Other Titles: Candide.
Optimism
Responsibility: Voltaire ; translated by John Butt.

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This work is a French satire written in 1759 by Voltaire, a philosopher during the Age of Enlightenment. Voltaire savagely skewers a very "optimistic" approach to life as a shamefully inadequate response to human suffering. The swift and lively tale follows the absurdly melodramatic adventures of the youthful Candide, who is forced into the army, flogged, shipwrecked, betrayed, robbed, separated from his beloved Cunégonde, and tortured by the Inquisition. As Candide experiences and witnesses calamity upon calamity, he begins to discover that -- contrary to the teachings of his tutor, Dr. Pangloss -- all is perhaps not always for the best. After many trials, travails, and incredible reversals of fortune, Candide and his friends finally retire together to a small farm, where they discover that the secret of happiness is simply "to cultivate one's garden," a philosophy that rejects excessive optimism and metaphysical speculation in favor of the most basic pragmatism.

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