Candide

ISBN-10: 0553211668
ISBN-13: 9780553211665
Edition: 1959 (Reprint)
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Book details

List price: $4.95
Copyright year: 1959
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/1/1984
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 4.00" wide x 7.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.132
Language: English

Candideis 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 distringuished tutor Dr. Pangloss -- all is not always for the best. Alive with wit, brilliance, and graceful storytelling,Candidehas become Voltaire's most celebrated work.

A leading freethinker of his time and an opponent of political and religious oppression, Voltaire was instrumental in popularizing serious philosophical, religious, and scientific ideas that were frequently derived from liberal thinkers in England, where he lived for two years after his imprisonment in the Bastille. Voltaire's writings are wide ranging: He wrote plays in the neoclassic style, such as Oedipus (1718), philosophical essays in a popular vein like Letters on England (1734), which has been referred to as the first bomb hurled against the Ancien Regime; and the Philosophical Dictionary (1764), a catalog of polemical ideas on a large variety of subjects, particularly religion and philosophy. Voltaire was one of the most prolific letter writers in the entire history of literature, and his correspondence has been published in a French edition of 107 volumes. For the twentieth-century reader, Voltaire is best known for his philosophical tale Candide (1759), a masterpiece of satire that is both an attack on the philosophy of metaphysical optimism elaborated earlier in the century by the German philosopher Leibniz and a compendium of the abuses of the Ancien Regime as the author ponders the general problem of evil. Voltaire's unflinching belief in human reason and his easy handling of the language of Enlightenment wit and philosophy led the critic Roland Barthes to dub him "the last happy writer."

Andre Maurois was born in France in 1885. He worked in his father's textile factory as a young man and when World War One broke out he was employed as an interpreter, then as a liaison officer to the British Army. He wrote many novels for adults. Fattypuffs and Thinifers is his only book for children.

Introduction
How Candide was Brought Up in a Noble Castle, and How He was Expelled from the Same
What Happended to Candide Among the Bulgarians
How Candide Escaped from the Bulgarians, and What Became of Him
How Candide Met His Old Master in Philosophy, Doctor Pangloss, and What Happened
Storm, Shipwreck, Earthquake, and What Happened to Dr. Pangloss, to Candide and the Anabaptist Jacques
How a Splendid Auto-Da-F� was Held to Prevent Earthquakes, and How Candide was Flogged
How an Old Woman Took Care of Candide and Hoe He Regained That Which He Loved
Cunegonde’s Story
What Happed to Cunegonde, to Candide, to the Grand Inquisitor and to a Jew
How Candide, Cunegonde and the Old Woman Arrived at Cadiz in Great Distress, and How They Embarked
The Old Woman’s Story
Continuation of the Old Woman’s Misfortunes
How Candide was Obliged to Separate from the Fair Cunegonde and the Old Woman
How Candide and Cacambo were Received by the Jesuits in Paraguay
How Candid Killed his Dear Cunegonde’s Brother
What Happened to the Two Travellers with Two Girls, Two Monkeys, and the Savages Called Oreillons
Arrival of Candide and His Valet in the Country of Eldorado and What They saw There
What They saw in the Land of Eldorado
What Happened to Them at Surinam and How Candid Made the Acquaintance of Martin
What Happened to Candide and Martin at Sea
Candide and Martin Approach the Coast of France and Argue
What Happened to Candide and Martin in France
Candide and Martin Reach the Coast of England; and What They saw There
Paquette and Friar Girofl�e
Visit to the Noble Venetian, Lord Pococurante
How Candide and Martin Supped with Six Strangers and who They Were
Candide’s Voyage to Constantinople
What Happened to Candide, to Cunegonde, to Pangloss, to Martin, Etc.
How Candide Found Cunegonde and the Old Woman Again
Conclusion

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