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Book Review: Candide by Voltaire

In my recent move i had to dispossess myself of my large book collection and one of the books I couldn't bear to part with was a copy of some of Voltaire's writings.  Of the books I have remaining (probably about 2% of my former library) this was the first one I wanted to read.  I had read Candide when I was in college, not for any class, jus 'cause (I'm weird that way) and I remember not really getting it.  On the second reading however I kind of get it now.  For anybody who has not read it, it is the story of a young man (and you can't really think of him as anything but a young man because of the innocence he shows throughout) and his misfortunes.  And all the time while people are stealing from him, raping the woman he loves, killing his friends, etc., he keeps this fervent belief that he lives in "the best of all possible worlds".  The style is picaresque satire and Voltaire takes shots at religion, governments, and philosophies.  I have always enjoyed Voltaire and am glad I kept this book.

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cementisawkward
Jul. 17th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
I -loved- that story. I read it in 10th grade, and our entire class went bonkers over debates.

Voltaire is pretty bad ass.
amour_solaire
Jul. 17th, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
I love Voltaire! therefore, I must read this book.
gwenyvere4
Jul. 17th, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
This is one of my favorite books of all time. I read it at 14 and I think it's helped me keep perspective on the human experience over the years.
spacegirl92
Jul. 18th, 2010 04:20 am (UTC)
I had to read that for my Western Civilization class first semester, and I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. The satirical style was just hilarious to me!
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