Candide (Bedford Series in History and Culture)

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  • Title: Candide (Bedford Series in History and Culture)
  • Author: Voltaire Daniel Gordon
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  • Page: 208
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    Complete works 1880 archive details oeuvrescoIn 1694, Age of Enlightenment leader Francois Marie Arouet, known as Voltaire, was born in Paris Jesuit educated, he began writing clever verses by the age of 12 He launched a lifelong, successful playwriting career in 1718, interrupted by imprisonment in the Bastille Upon a second imprisonment, in which Francois adopted the pen name Voltaire, he was released after agreeing to move to London There he wrote Lettres philosophiques 1733 , which galvanized French reform The book also satirized the religious teachings of Rene Descartes and Blaise Pascal, including Pascal s famed wager on God Voltaire wrote The interest I have in believing a thing is not a proof of the existence of that thing Voltaire s French publisher was sent to the Bastille and Voltaire had to escape from Paris again, as judges sentenced the book to be torn and burned in the Palace Voltaire spent a calm 16 years with his deistic mistress, Madame du Chatelet, in Lorraine He met the 27 year old married mother when he was 39 In his memoirs, he wrote I found, in 1733, a young woman who thought as I did, and decided to spend several years in the country, cultivating her mind He dedicated Traite de metaphysique to her In it the Deist candidly rejected immortality and questioned belief in God It was not published until the 1780s Voltaire continued writing amusing but meaty philosophical plays and histories After the earthquake that leveled Lisbon in 1755, in which 15,000 people perished and another 15,000 were wounded, Voltaire wrote Po me sur le d sastre de Lisbonne Poem on the Lisbon Disaster But how conceive a God supremely good Who heaps his favours on the sons he loves, Yet scatters evil with as large a hand Voltaire purchased a chateau in Geneva, where, among other works, he wrote Candide 1759 To avoid Calvinist persecution, Voltaire moved across the border to Ferney, where the wealthy writer lived for 18 years until his death Voltaire began to openly challenge Christianity, calling it the infamous thing He wrote Frederick the Great Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd, and bloody religion that has ever infected the world Voltaire ended every letter to friends with Ecrasez l infame crush the infamy the Christian religion His pamphlet, The Sermon on the Fifty 1762 went after transubstantiation, miracles, biblical contradictions, the Jewish religion, and the Christian God Voltaire wrote that a true god surely cannot have been born of a girl, nor died on the gibbet, nor be eaten in a piece of dough, or inspired books, filled with contradictions, madness, and horror He also published excerpts of Testament of the Abbe Meslier, by an atheist priest, in Holland, which advanced the Enlightenment Voltaire s Philosophical Dictionary was published in 1764 without his name Although the first edition immediately sold out, Geneva officials, followed by Dutch and Parisian, had the books burned It was published in 1769 as two large volumes Voltaire campaigned fiercely against civil atrocities in the name of religion, writing pamphlets and commentaries about the barbaric execution of a Huguenot trader, who was first broken at the wheel, then burned at the stake, in 1762 Voltaire s campaign for justice and restitution ended with a posthumous retrial in 1765, during which 40 Parisian judges declared the defendant innocent Voltaire urgently tried to save the life of Chevalier de la Barre, a 19 year old sentenced to death for blasphemy for failing to remove his hat during a religious procession In 1766, Chevalier was beheaded after being tortured, then his body was burned, along with a copy of Voltaire s Philosophical Dictionary Voltaire s statue at the Pantheon was melted down during Nazi occupation D 1778.Voltaire 1694 1778 , pseud nimo de Fran ois


  1. Bonjour, M Candide Bienvenue au site 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 twenty first century Britain Vraiment sympathique I am reading of your little scandale with the expenses of the Houses of Parliament It is a great moment for la d mocratie Now there will be des lections, the people will be able to choose better representatives, we will see that the country has become stronger as a result S [...]

  2. 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 adventur [...]

  3. 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 cause and effect philosophy of Leibniz and perhaps is best summarized in Voltaire s leitmotif that human beings live in the best of all possible worlds Alexander Pope rather laughably made the same outrageous claim in his Essay on Man in which he writes, Everything that is is right How can this be so, yo [...]

  4. Slightly disappointed with the next Gabriel Garcia Marquez, I took on this classic in one sitting.J US Where has this one been all my life I adore Candide because it is rife with adventure, it is a speedy read, and at the very end you experience a vortex of feelings and NOVEL concepts It transcends literature itself.Compare this to Dante To Shakespeare I could not help but smile at all the awful misadventures of our poor fool This is made for someone, like me, who thinks The Alchemist by Paulo C [...]

  5. If this is the best of possible worlds, what then are the others If the world was created to drive us mad, as one character in Candide suggests, it is quite well suited for its purpose and running like a fine tuned machine If, on the other hand, everything is for the best in this best of possible worlds, as the optimist philosopher Pangloss claims in admiration for Leibniz idea of a benevolent, planning, organised deity, the above question is fair and scary What are the other worlds like, if thi [...]

  6. 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 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 na ve protagonist, for whom you have no choic [...]

  7. 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 If the book was written and first published in the 18th century and many people still read it up to now, that must be really something.I thought Voltaire s Candide was a difficult boring slow long read Wrong Exactly the opposite It s an easy, very entertaining, fast paced and short only 100 pages read If [...]

  8. 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 funny Here 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 implan [...]

  9. 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, believes that whatever happens is for the best, courtesy his tutor Dr Pangloss The writing covers a number of unfavorable happenings and incidents, which should have been sufficient enough to let him abandon the colored glasses But voila Our man Candide is one optimist He continues believing even through all [...]

  10. This is a truly hilarious satire which starts with poor Candide being kicked out of the castle where he was born and brought up, after he falls in love with the baron s daughter, Cunegonde Then his troubles begin, and he ends up travelling all around the world looking for his beloved.Candide experiences trial after trial, each one as bad and as far fetched as the last However, the way in which these trials were described did not make one feel too sorry for him the story had of the feel of a tra [...]

  11. 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 none of those books are worth a damn, and while the authors wrongly think they have something interesting or unique to say, the thing that really disheartens me is that someone out there agrees with them For each of these books, there should be a simple label affixed to the front cover that reads Not As Good [...]

  12. 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 judgment with great simplicity of mind it was for this reason, I believe, that he was given the name of Candide I have to admit straightaway that in my youth, I was most like the na ve and often foolish Candide, believing in the teachings of the optimistic Dr Pangloss that all is for the best Though not ex [...]

  13. 970 Candide, Francois Marie Arouet de Voltaire 1971 18 1340 173 1382 1371 72 1382 182 9647642059 1382 205 9649222219 1385 102 964965240

  14. All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds And following this sententious wisdom Candide embarks on the quest of his life.Never was anything so gallant, so well accoutred, so brilliant, and so finely disposed as the two armies The trumpets, fifes, hautboys, drums, and cannon made such harmony as never was heard in Hell itself.His adventures begin with war Wars bring glory to those who are on the winning side Especially to the monarchs and their generals As for the rest, they may rest [...]

  15. 3.5 stars rounded up for its Classic ness Everyone knows this story, don t they A gentle hearted and dimwitted pretty boy has his life turned upside down, repeatedly, and in the most reprehensible ways not just him, everyone he knows or admires or loves all for the love of a woman whose name is, presumably, premised on a joke, a pun, for female genitalia Yes, folks, a charming little picaresque which, in addition to being an extended opportunity for risqu jokes, afforded Voltaire a much needed o [...]

  16. In only about 100 pages, Voltaire says than your average 7 book series Which would be great if most of what he talked about wasn t dated into irrelevance So unless you re a French scholar, appreciating his satire seems unrealistic Combine that with the speed at which the plot moves, and keeping up with Candide is definitely a chore Truly enjoying his adventure seems like a privilege only possible for the super educated At one time, Candide was a must read But, for the average person, that time [...]

  17. Not bought this book last time we visited Foyles since it was lying around, I couldn t resist the temptation to read it again You can read Candide any number of times A particularly fine passage which I had forgotten, from the Eldorado sequence Cacambo expliquait les bons mots du roi Candide, et quoique traduits, ils paraissaient toujours des bons mots De tout ce qui tonnait Candide, ce n tait pas ce qui l tonna le moins.Cacambo explained the king s witty remarks to Candide, and, although they h [...]

  18. Para Um Mundo MelhorPontualmente, cada Acontecimento a resultante dum conjunto de premissas que causaram a inevitabilidade do seu Acontecer.Tudo est bem como est pois nada poderia estar onde n o est.Donde se conclui que Tudo est o Melhor Poss vel.Note se que, o que est aqui em causa n o a Imutabilidade do Todo.Esta Filosofia apenas preconiza que qualquer altera o ao n vel do que acontece, pressup e uma investiga o pr via da conjuntura respons vel pelo Acontecimento S a cria o dum conjunto de nov [...]

  19. This book does not stick so well in my memory in either a negative or positive way, but I think this comes from the book being a mixture of two things which I could not feel differently about allegory and satire.The first I find to be as silly and pointless as Aesop or Passion Plays Characters in an allegory are oversimplified symbols, and so cannot comment on the nature of actual human beings The style is already so firmly affixed to cultural states and norms that it cannot really say anything [...]

  20. This is quite a remarkable book a satirical attack on the notion that we live in the best of all possible worlds and that therefore all that happens in such a world invariably happens for the best Voltaire is supposed to have written the whole thing in barely three days a rather productive half week.What I found particularly interesting here was the discussion of war how the horrors of war are presented in such an off hand way and almost invariably the utter inhumanity of what is described rape [...]

  21. If you can imagine a smooth blend of the Book of Job, Dante s Inferno, Cervantes Don Quixote and Butler s Erewhon, with the addition of a heavy dollop of extra absurdity, you are getting close to the nature of Candide That absurdity is what makes the tale funny and without it, it would be an unpaletable concoction.There is a good deal of social and political satire, something I often find to be a little weak it s easy to point and laugh, harder to say what might be better Voltaire, does however, [...]

  22. Fran ois Marie Arouet better known by his nom de plum Voltaire During the French Englightenment he was a renowned author of a multitude of books covering a wide array of topics from history to science But Voltaire is best known as a scathing satirist His strong views on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and separation of church and state caused him to become famous but also a controversial figure This caused him to have to frequently cha [...]

  23. Romanzo filosofico pubblicato nel 1759, mescola l elemento fantastico con la riflessione filosofica Trenta capitoli per ironizzare sulle filosofie ottimistiche e in particolare sul pensiero di Leibniz, il sostenitore dell armonia dell universo e della tesi che quello in cui viviamo sia il migliore dei mondi possibili nonostante l esistenza del male dovuta all imperfezione umana, male giustificato con l idea che da una male individuale possa derivare un bene collettivo o che il male presente facc [...]

  24. Had no idea this was so cray A buttock eaten off Wha All sorts of murders, pillaging, calamities, earthquakes, generally violent happenings The best of all worlds, indeed All of it moving forward at a quick clip, never worrying if a character who s been hanged or disemboweled reappears a little later just fine Satirical, philosophical, funny like the butchered Black Knight in The Holy Grail Loved the bit about scholar of good taste s advice for what makes a successful tragedy what seemed like st [...]

  25. What a blistering criticism of blind prejudice, ignorance, religious dogma, class distinctions and the stubborn opposition to newer ideas and thoughts I fully understand now why Voltaire s writings helped fuel the French Revolution.

  26. un conte philosophique crit par voltaire o il fait une critique de la soci t l poque o il vivait travers candide qui voyage dans le monde entier.ici le grand philosophe fran ais voque des sujets tels que la religion , la libert , l esclavage , le fanatisme , le bonheur , l amour et beaucoup d autres th mes que je ne peux pas tous cit s je l ai vraiment ador , a ma fait rire a plusieurs reprises.

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