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Candide (Or Optimism)

Candide (Or Optimism) - 47 edition

Candide (Or Optimism) - 47 edition

ISBN13: 9780140440041

ISBN10: 0140440046

Candide (Or Optimism) by Francois-Marie Arouet Voltaire - ISBN 9780140440041
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 47
Copyright: 1947
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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Candide (Or Optimism) by Francois-Marie Arouet Voltaire - ISBN 9780140440041

ISBN13: 9780140440041

ISBN10: 0140440046

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 47

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Summary

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 distinguished 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.