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Candide : or Optimism.

Author: Voltaire.
Publisher: Yale University Press, 2008.
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In this new translation of Voltaires Candide, distinguished translator Burton Raffel captures the French novels irreverent spirit and offers a vivid, contemporary version of the 250-year-old text. Raffel casts the novel in an English idiom that--had Voltaire been a twenty-first-century American--he might himself have employed. The translation is immediate and unencumbered, and for the first time makes Voltaire the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Voltaire.
ISBN: 0300106556 9780300106558
OCLC Number: 952732588
Description: 1 online resource (172 pages)
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Introduction Candide, Voltaire, and the Enlightenment / Johnson Kent, Wright --
Translator’s Note --
Chapter One. How Candide was raised in a noble mansion, and how he was driven away --
Chapter Two. What happened to Candide among the Bulgars --
Chapter Three. How Candide saved himself from the Bulgars, and what became of him --
Chapter Four. How Candide met his old philosophy teacher, Doctor Pangloss, and what had happened to him --
Chapter Five. Tempest, shipwreck, earthquake, and what happened to Doctor Pangloss, Candide, and Jacques the Anabaptist --
Chapter Six. How they had a beautiful auto-da-fé in order to put an end to the earthquake, and how Candide was flogged --
Chapter Seven. How an old woman took care of Candide and how he got back his beloved --
Chapter Eight. Cunégonde’s story --
Chapter Nine. What happened to Cunégonde, to Candide, to the Grand Inquisitor, and to a Jew --
Chapter Ten. In what diffculty Candide, Cunégonde, and the old woman reached Cadiz, and how they boarded a ship --
Chapter Eleven. The old woman’s story --
Chapter Twelve. More about the old woman’s misfortunes --
Chapter Thirteen. How Candide was forced to leave lovely Cunégonde and the old woman --
Chapter Fourteen. How Candide and Cacambo were greeted by the Jesuits of Paraguay --
Chapter Fifteen. How Candide killed his dear Cunégonde’s brother --
Chapter Sixteen. What happened to the two travelers with two girls, two monkeys, and the savages known as Oreillons --
Chapter Seventeen. Arrival of Candide and his valet in the land of Eldorado, and what they saw there --
Chapter Eighteen. What they saw in Eldorado --
Chapter Nineteen. How they got to Surinam, and how Candide came to know Martin --
Chapter Twenty. What happened at sea to Candide and Martin --
Chapter Twenty-one. Candide and Martin approach the French coast and argue --
Chapter Twenty-two. What happened to Candide and Martin in France --
Chapter Twenty-three. Candide and Martin reach the British coast, and what they see there --
Chapter Twenty-four. Paquette and Friar Giroflée --
Chapter Twenty-five. Visit to Lord Pococuranté, a nobleman of Venice --
Chapter Twenty-six. A dinner that Candide and Martin shared with six foreigners, and who they were --
Chapter Twenty-seven. Candide’s journey to Constantinople --
Chapter Twenty-eight. What happened to Candide, Cunégonde, Pangloss, Martin, etc. --
Chapter Twenty-nine. How Candide found Cunégonde and the old woman --
Chapter Thirty. Conclusion --
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