Voltaire's Candide is the riotous tale of young Candide, for whom the story is titled, and his misadventures with his Lady Cunegonde and his tutor, Dr. Pangloss. A funny and jovial tale of youth, Candide was originally written in French but has been translated, over the last 250 years, into modern English text. Though Candide is of privilege and fortune, he seems to always find himself in an unlucky position. Voltaire uses these misfortunes to caricature and satire the idealist thought leaders of the time like Leibniz and Pope. Voltaire, conversely, honors the resilience of a positive human spirit, giving it a lasting enthusiastic and encouraging outlook on life.
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- 26 03 2018
A great Classic...
which I have always wanted to listen to. It is really entertaining and nicely read by Jeff Moon.
The book is hilariously funny and clearly full of criticism about finding the best of all possible worlds. I read somewhere that Candide is meant to be a criticism of Leibniz' philosophy. Personally. I cannot see why it should be false to strive for the best of all possible worlds. To me that means making the world a better place.
I find Voltaire's language is a bit awkward/cumbersome when compared to how we express things today. So that I had to get used to.
So it is also quite possible that either I simply misunderstood Voltaire completely or Voltaire completely misunderstood Leibniz - or both :-)
Find out yourself. I can recommend the book and was very well entertained for three hours and then some.
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