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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:94 pages

    Candide Reviews

  • David Lentz
    Apr 20, 2012

    "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...

  • Manny
    May 19, 2009

    - 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...

  • James Lafayette  Tivendale
    Jan 18, 2017

    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...

  • Lizzy
    Nov 11, 2016

    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
    Mar 09, 2012

    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. ...

  • Chris
    Jul 01, 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...

  • Fabian
    Nov 29, 2016

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

  • Chris
    Feb 24, 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...

  • Candi
    Jul 14, 2016

    "In the castle of Baron Thunder-ten-tronchkh in Westphalia, there once lived a youth endowed by nature with the gentlest of characters. His soul was revealed in his face. He combined rather sound judg...

  • Rakhi Dalal
    Sep 17, 2013

    I loved Candide! It is such a brilliant satire on the ideas observed through the glass of rosy eyed philosophy. “All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds”!!! Candide, a young fellow,...