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Candide, by Voltaire, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:
  • New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars
  • Biographies of the authors
  • Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events
  • Footnotes and endnotes
  • Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work
  • Comments by other famous authors
  • Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations
  • Bibliographies for further reading
  • Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate

All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.

One of the finest satires ever written, Voltaires Candide savagely skewers this very “optimistic” approach to life as a shamefully inadequate response to human suffering. The swift and lively tale follows the absurdly melodramatic adventures of the youthful Candide, who is forced into the army, flogged, shipwrecked, betrayed, robbed, separated from his beloved Cunégonde, and tortured by the Inquisition. As Candide experiences and witnesses calamity upon calamity, he begins to discover that—contrary to the teachings of his tutor, Dr. Pangloss—all is perhaps not always for the best. After many trials, travails, and incredible reversals of fortune, Candide and his friends finally retire together to a small farm, where they discover that the secret of happiness is simply “to cultivate one's garden,” a philosophy that rejects excessive optimism and metaphysical speculation in favor of the most basic pragmatism.

Filled with wit, intelligence, and an abundance of dark humor, Candide is relentless and unsparing in its attacks upon corruption and hypocrisy—in religion, government, philosophy, science, and even romance. Ultimately, this celebrated work says that it is possible to challenge blind optimism without losing the will to live and pursue a happy life.

Gita May is Professor of French at Columbia University. She has published extensively on the French Enlightenment, eighteenth-century aesthetics, the novel and autobiography, and women in literature, history, and the arts.

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Candide, by Voltaire, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.

One of the finest satires ever written, Voltaire's Candide savagely skewers this very optimistic approach to life as a shamefully inadequate response to human suffering. The swift and lively tale follows the absurdly melodramatic adventures of the youthful Candide, who is forced into the army, flogged, shipwrecked, betrayed, robbed, separated from his beloved Cunegonde, and tortured by the Inquisition. As Candide experiences and witnesses calamity upon calamity, he begins to discover that--contrary to the teachings of his tutor, Dr. Pangloss--all is perhaps not alwaysfor the best. After many trials, travails, and incredible reversals of fortune, Candide and his friends finally retire together to a small farm, where they discover that the secret of happiness is simply to cultivate one's garden, a philosophy that rejects excessive optimism and metaphysical speculation in favor of the most basic pragmatism.

Filled with wit, intelligence, and an abundance of dark humor, Candide is relentless and unsparing in its attacks upon corruption and hypocrisy--in religion, government, philosophy, science, and even romance. Ultimately, this celebrated work says that it is possible to challenge blind optimism without losing the will to live and pursue a happy life.

Gita May is Professor of French at Columbia University. She has published extensively on the French Enlightenment, eighteenth-century aesthetics, the novel and autobiography, and women in literature, history, and the arts.

Synopsis:

Candide is separated from his beloved Cunegonde and tortured by the Inquisition. As he experiences calamity, he begins to discover that this may not be "the best of all possible worlds." After many trials, Candide retires to a small farm, where he discovers that the secret of happiness is simply "to cultivate one's garden." Filled with wit, intelligence, and an abundance of dark humor, "Candide is unsparing in its attacks upon corruption and hypocrisy. Gita May is Professor of French at Columbia University. She has published extensively on the French Enlightenment, eighteenth-century aesthetics, the novel and autobiography, and women in literature, history, and the arts. Includes 32 illustrations.

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Gita May is Professor of French at Columbia University. She has published extensively on the French Enlightenment, eighteenth-century aesthetics, the novel and autobiography, and women in literature, history, and the arts.

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alecanderson01, May 16, 2011 (view all comments by alecanderson01)
I began reading this book with an indifferent attitude; I thought Candide by Voltaire would bore me and I would not enjoy it--I was wrong. The book follows the journey of a young nephew of Baron, named Candide, as he travels throughout Europe and South America to discover himself and find peace from the wrath of 18th century Europe and society.
Voltaire uses this book to satire thinking in the 18th century; an Earthquake occurs in while Candide is in Lisbon and everyone blames it on God. Another important idea Voltaire satirizes is the colonization of South America by Europe. While Candide and Cacambo are in El Dorado (Peru), they take sheep and precious stones, in hopes to become rich in Europe. Rather than seeing the importance of kindness from the people of El Dorado (Incas), all they think of is wealth and want��"a n important theme .
The book follows Candide's journey after he is kicked out of Westphalia. Candide likes the Baron's daughter Miss Cunégonde and his journeys revolve around his return to her. However, both endure many misfortunates, including the death of Master Pangloss (philosopher and teacher). Candide discovers Miss Cunégonde in Lisbon, with the help of an old woman, whom we later find out is a princess. The three journey to South America, in search of freedom and peace. However, they soon learn the effects Europe has on South America; a slave in Surinam symbolizes the downside of Europe's craving of sugar. Candide pities this slave, but as “a normal” human being would, he asks the Incas in El Dorado for sheep and precious stones (seen as common ground pebbles) for wealth. The book uses many historic elements to attack the time period and to satirize European thinking such as “things cannot be otherwise than they are; for all things have been created for some end” (12).
One important lesson I took away from this book is to not let society mislead yourself or your thinking. During the time period in which this book was written, people were mislead by the Church and were terrorized by violence if otherwise. Although there are religious references, I felt like there were many atheist references in the book, which may from me being atheist. Candide realizes that the Lisbon Earthquake was not an act of God; rather it was a natural event. However, this could a way to help the reader self-think. Lastly, I like how Voltaire manipulates language to convey his message. He uses satire and fictional events to attack real events and the thinking of people. I thought it was a genius way to attack the Church and the ways they mislead the world of that time period.
Most of the time, I go into reading classical literature; however, I was wrong about this book. I like how it changed my thinking and how it attacks wrong thinking through satire. Sometimes, I should listen to the saying: “never judge a book by its cover”.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781593080280
Translator:
Odle, Alan
Revised:
Morley, Henry
Translator:
Morley, Henry
Translator:
Morely, Henry
Illustrator:
Odle, Alan
Illustrator:
May, Gita
Author:
May, Gita
Author:
Morley, Henry
Author:
Voltaire
Author:
Walsh, Lauren
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble Classics
Location:
New York : Barnes & Noble Classics
Subject:
General
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
PHI026000
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
LITERATURE - LIT CLASSICS TRD PB
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Barnes and Noble Classics
Series Volume:
GTR-464
Publication Date:
20030631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
, Y
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8 x 5.19 x 0.44 in

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"Synopsis" by , Candide, by Voltaire, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.

One of the finest satires ever written, Voltaire's Candide savagely skewers this very optimistic approach to life as a shamefully inadequate response to human suffering. The swift and lively tale follows the absurdly melodramatic adventures of the youthful Candide, who is forced into the army, flogged, shipwrecked, betrayed, robbed, separated from his beloved Cunegonde, and tortured by the Inquisition. As Candide experiences and witnesses calamity upon calamity, he begins to discover that--contrary to the teachings of his tutor, Dr. Pangloss--all is perhaps not alwaysfor the best. After many trials, travails, and incredible reversals of fortune, Candide and his friends finally retire together to a small farm, where they discover that the secret of happiness is simply to cultivate one's garden, a philosophy that rejects excessive optimism and metaphysical speculation in favor of the most basic pragmatism.

Filled with wit, intelligence, and an abundance of dark humor, Candide is relentless and unsparing in its attacks upon corruption and hypocrisy--in religion, government, philosophy, science, and even romance. Ultimately, this celebrated work says that it is possible to challenge blind optimism without losing the will to live and pursue a happy life.

Gita May is Professor of French at Columbia University. She has published extensively on the French Enlightenment, eighteenth-century aesthetics, the novel and autobiography, and women in literature, history, and the arts.

"Synopsis" by , Candide is separated from his beloved Cunegonde and tortured by the Inquisition. As he experiences calamity, he begins to discover that this may not be "the best of all possible worlds." After many trials, Candide retires to a small farm, where he discovers that the secret of happiness is simply "to cultivate one's garden." Filled with wit, intelligence, and an abundance of dark humor, "Candide is unsparing in its attacks upon corruption and hypocrisy. Gita May is Professor of French at Columbia University. She has published extensively on the French Enlightenment, eighteenth-century aesthetics, the novel and autobiography, and women in literature, history, and the arts. Includes 32 illustrations.
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