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Candide ou l'OptimismeCandide 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 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 world is for the best One of the first scenes is filled with two emotional opposites for Candide who first gets to kiss his love Cunegonde behind a screen only to then be kicked out of the castle literally by the Baron of Thunder ten Tronckh Here then begins Candide's incredible fantastical adventure which takes him all over the globe with his mind always believing in the viewpoint that the folly of optimism Moving on from being a soldier in the Bulgarian army to being shipwrecked being involved with the aftermath of an earthuake to being robbed and swindled times than seems fair our hero has a lot of bad luck One of the overarching issues of this narrative is to present that it isn't just Candide that bad things happen to and that the world is just pretty damn horrible Tragic things happen to all our main characters including philosopher Dr Pangloss and a nice old lady who saved Candide from certain death The tale is humorously and satirically presented in short sharp chapters by Voltaire Some descriptions of doom and degradation are presented in a comic fashion because if they were not they might be too unspeakably horrid and upsetting to read and therefore would not keep us readers interested in well reading further The heartlessness negativity and cold heartedness of humans is a freuent aura and undertone throughout The novel features all sorts of nastiness such as rape murder prostitution and slavery among other diabolical nastiness and nonsense The only part of this book where Voltaire excludes any use of humour is when he talks about slavery after we meet a mutilated man This is uite poignant when the author has presented all the mephistophelian activities previously that slavery doesn't deserve any humour arguably making this the crime Voltaire begrudges the most in this world There are many heart rending pitiful and distressing moments throughout sprinkled with humour and comedy Candide and his valet Cacambo after nearly being eaten by indigenous people; arrive in Voltaire's Utopia El Dorado This was my favourite section of the book as this unobtainable existence is a polar opposite of everything that the two young men have faced so far Gold and diamonds litter the streets as pebbles there is no law scientific advancements that make the Western world jealous no prisons and is opposite to the popular viewpoint of the story that all is misery and illusion The main plot progression throughout the book is Candide trying to find his love Cunegonde as he wishes to marry her which is his reason for stupidly in my opinion leaving this wonderful place The whole cast is likable Some of the times they meet up with friends spontaneously all over the world is amazingly far fetched Two of the main characters are previously mentioned optimistic philosopher Dr Pangloss and ultimately pessimistic scholar and travel companion of Candide's Martin The juxtaposition here is very interesting It is very black and white for these extreme viewpoints There is no compromise or middle ground A great amount of philosophy is discussed throughout the book in conversations usually prompted by Candide who wants answers to how the world works It may very well be that he changes his optimistic opinion throughout the narrative I probably shouldn't like a book with so much negativity but it is incredibly written It reminded me of Verne's Around The World In Eighty Days Both being high octane adventures transversing across the globe but with Candide's undertones being a lot macabreMy favourite scene was when Candide discusses classic literature such as Homer Virgil and Horace to a King who dislikes everything You will agree that this is the happiest of mortals for he is above everything he possesses Negativity and hatred is the main theme throughout the whole novel The problem with reviewing classic literature like this is that many greater wordsmiths over previous centuries have written poetic and moving opinions I'm an ant looking up at these amazing intellects and just trying to give my thoughts I struggle to write about legendary books however I enjoyed the book so much I had to write down a few blurbs of thoughts even though the uality will be lacking when compared to previous critics If you haven't already this book is very well worth readingJames Tivendale
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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 I dedicate this review to my dear friend Roger a writer of inspiring reviews This is in great part in answer to your uestion Do you ever read anything lightRoger made me think what major literature work as nothing less would do that I read would fit the definition of light Of course Candide came up front to my mind And what makes Candide so brilliant and hilarious Not one think but various factors combined 1 Remarkable characters a hopelessly naïve protagonist for whom you have no choice but be sympathetic with; wastrel nobles besides a motley group from priests to prostitutes philosophers how could Voltaire not include a parody of himself ending with fanatics and fiends; 2 The absurdity of its plot The plot is dizzying hectic and horrifying while its protagonist goes from nobility to serfdom from penury to extravagance from significance and misery to anonymity and contentment Wholly unconventional And its readers become dazzled by its unfolding events that that despite being absurd are also utterly real; 3 The genius of Voltaire as you turn the pages you realize that’s he is there peeking from behind the curtains into the stage whispering to you It could all be true Oh yes So a long string of jokes creeps from the pages to the reader absurdities that are not so absurd; and enriches the reading experience with insight into its context Candide reveals itself as a long gone road trip Journal of genuine charitable naivety The tragedies and violence are never ending than anybody’s fair share Poor Candide he skips from one misadventure to another gets kicked out of his home; is drafted into the army; gains a fortune loses his fortune; chases the object of his desire all over the world “I should like to know which is worse to be ravished a hundred times by pirates and have a buttock cut off and run the gauntlet of the Bulgarians and be flogged and hanged in an auto da fe and be dissected and have to row in a galley in short to undergo all the miseries we have each of us suffered or simply to sit here and do nothing” At all his disasters and misfortunes his teacher and traveling companion Dr Pangloss simply rationalizes 'it is all for the best' This is the best possible world we live in and the bad things that occur happen to be the best to show us the blessing of what we have Is that it Voltaire goes further “'It is demonstrable' said he 'that things cannot be otherwise than as they are; for as all things have been created for some end they must necessarily be created for the best end Observe for instance the nose is formed for spectacles therefore we wear spectacles The legs are visibly designed for stockings accordingly we wear stockings Stones were made to be hewn and to construct castles therefore My Lord has a magnificent castle; for the greatest baron in the province ought to be the best lodged Swine were intended to be eaten therefore we eat pork all the year round and they who assert that everything is right do not express themselves correctly; they should say that everything is best'” How could it not be absurd and hilarious And so Voltaire succeeds in ridiculing his world And in a way our own “All events are linked together in the best of possible worlds; after all if you had not been driven from a fine castle by being kicked in the backside for love of Miss Cunegonde if you hadn't been sent before the Inuisition if you hadn't traveled across America on foot if you hadn't given a good sword thrust to the baron if you hadn't lost all your sheep from the good land of Eldorado you wouldn't be sitting here eating candied citron and pistachios Exhausted Candide finally finds his just retreat we must cultivate our gardenYes Candide is one of my favorite books and it occupies a very special place in that collection
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Download Ebook ↠ Candide ou l'Optimisme 129 pages ´ Moneyexpresscard æ 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 eighteenCandide 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 wor 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 pillaging theft and every other oppression imaginable could be so funnyHere's some pretty good insight from the old woman with one buttock I have been a hundred times upon the point of killing myself but still I was fond of life This ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of the dangerous principles implanted in our nature For what can be absurd than to persist in carrying a burden of which we wish to be eased to detest and yet to strive to preserve our existence In a word to caress the serpent that devours us and hug him close to our bosoms till he has gnawed into our hearts We can try to remain optimistic and rationalize that the horrors we witness are all a part of some plan but the choice to keep on living is a truly irrational one given all of the evidence available for us to consider We go on living against our better judgment and in spite of all of our misery It is what we were born to do 'You lack faith' said Candide'It is because' said Martin 'I have seen the world'