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Brought up in the household of a powerful Baron, Candide is an open-minded young man, whose tutor, Pangloss, has instilled in him the belief that 'all is for the best'. But when his love for the Baron's rosy-cheeked daughter is discovered, Candide is cast out to make his own way in the world.

And so he and his various companions begin a breathless tour of Europe, South America and Asia, as an outrageous series of disasters befall them - earthquakes, syphilis, a brush with the Inquisition, murder - sorely testing the young hero's optimism.

Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:129 pages

    Candide Reviews

  • David Lentz
    Sep 15, 2011

    "Candide" is an accessible masterpiece which demonstrated to the world Volatire's genius as a satirist. The eponymous Candide is a young man tutored by an optimist who is convinced according to the ca...

  • James Lafayette  Tivendale
    Nov 27, 2016

    Voltaire's novel introduces the reader to Candide, a wide-eyed, calm and slightly bland young gentleman who resides at Castle Westphalia and who believes in the philosophy that "everything in the worl...

  • Manny
    Nov 20, 2008

    - Bonjour, M. Candide! Bienvenue au site Goodreads! Qu'en pensez-vous?- It's OK, we can speak English. Pour encourager les autres, as one might say.- Eh... super! I mean, good! So, what do you make of...

  • Fabian
    Mar 11, 2010

    Slightly disappointed with the next-Gabriel Garcia Marquez, I took on this classic in one sitting.J**US!Where has this one been all my life? I adore "Candide" because it is rife with adventure, it is ...

  • Lizzy
    Oct 07, 2015

    I dedicate this review to my dear friend Roger, a writer of inspiring reviews. This is in great part in answer to your question: "Do you ever read anything light?"Roger made me think: what major liter...

  • K.D. Absolutely
    Jul 18, 2009

    panglossian - adj. characterized by or given to extreme optimism, especially in the face of unrelieved hardship or adversity. If an English word came from a book's character, that must be something. ...

  • Lisa
    Jun 25, 2014

    “If this is the best of possible worlds, what then are the others?”If the world was created to drive us mad, as one character in "Candide" suggests, it is quite well suited for its purpose and run...

  • Chris
    Jun 29, 2009

    Zounds! This book is wildly entertaining and I giggled all the way through Candide's awful adventures. Who would have thought that murder, rape, slavery, sexual exploitation, natural disaster, pillagi...

  • Rowena
    Feb 21, 2011

    This is a truly hilarious satire which starts with poor Candide being kicked out of the castle where he was born and brought up, after he falls in love with the baron’s daughter, Cunegonde. Then his...

  • Chris
    Feb 18, 2008

    While fruitlessly searching for something decent to read, I invariably come across a ton of acclaim for total hacks being labeled as ‘master satirists’. God that pisses me off, especially since no...