Candide by Voltaire


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 - earthquak...

Details Candide

Release DateJan 1st, 1991
PublisherDover Publications
GenreClassics, Fiction, Philosophy, Cultural, France, Literature

Reviews Candide

  • Manny
    - 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 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 démocratie. Now there will be des élections, the people will be able to choose bet...
  • James Lafayette Tivendale
    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 ...
  • David Lentz
    "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 ...
  • Fabian
    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...
  • Lisa
    “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 quest...
  • Lizzy
    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 character...
  • K.D. Absolutely
    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 ...
  • Chris
    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 weakne...
  • Rakhi Dalal
    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...
  • Rowena
    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...
  • Chris
    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 simp...
  • Candi
    "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 naïve and often foolish Candide, believing in the teachings of the optim...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    970. Candide, Francois Marie Arouet de Voltaireعنوانها: کاندید؛ کاندید یا خوشبینی؛ اثر: ولتر؛ انتشاراتیها: نیل، جامی، بنگاه ترجمه، جوانه توس؛ دستان؛ بهنود) ادبیات؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: اول ماه اکتبر سال 1971 میلادیموضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان فرانسوی قرن 18 معنوان: کاندید ی...
  • Vit Babenco
    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...
  • mai ahmd
    من الأدب الساخر بطلها يدعى كانديدوترجمتها حسب ما قرأت هي الساذج تقوم الرواية على فكرة أن العالم ملىء بالشر وإن الإنسان عليه أن لا يسرف بالتفاؤل ولعلها فعلا كما ظن جاك جان روسو كانت الرد على رسالته التي وجهها إلى فولتير والتي تنتقد النظرة التشاؤمي...
  • Mike Puma
    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 op...
  • Brian Yahn
    In only about 100 pages, Voltaire says more 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, Ca...
  • Manny
    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 à Candide, et quoique traduits, ils paraissaient toujours des bons mots. De tout ce qui étonnait Candide, ce n'était pas ce qui l'étonna le moins.Cacambo expl...
  • Sawsan
    بعد أن يطوف كانديد بلاد العالم ويرى أفعال وشرور البشر يتأكد أنه لا شيء يسير على ما يُرام نص ساخر يحكي فيه فولتير أحداث ومفارقات مضحكة ليتساءل عن وجود الانسان ونظرته للحياة ويسخر من التفاؤل وينتقد الأحوال السياسية والدينية والفكرية السائدة
  • Maria Espadinha
    Para Um Mundo MelhorPontualmente, cada Acontecimento é a resultante dum conjunto de premissas que causaram a inevitabilidade do seu Acontecer.Tudo está bem como está pois nada poderia estar onde não está.Donde se conclui que Tudo está o Melhor Possível.Note-se que, o que está aqui em causa não é a Imutabilidade do Todo.Esta Filosofia apenas preconiza que qualquer alteração ao nível do que acontece, pressupõe uma investigação prév...
  • J.G. Keely
    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 more 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 cul...
  • Trevor
    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 al...
  • Saleh MoonWalker
    ساده لوحرمان کاندید، حاصل حدود سی سال تحقیق و بررسی ولتر از ادیان و مکاتب و فرهنگ های گوناگون و مشهورترین داستان اوست. ماجرای داستان منحصر به یک محدوده جغرافیایی نیست. علاوه بر کشورهای مختلف اروپایی، داستان در برّ جدید و نهایتا در ترکیه امروزی خاتم...
  • Robert
    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, harde...
  • Sud666
    François-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 controve...
  • Siti
    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 individual...
  • Lee
    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 a...
  • Nikoleta
    Γνήσιο τέκνο του Διαφωτισμού, ο «βασιλιάς» Βολταίρος, στο Καντίντ μας χαρίζει όλα αυτά που ένα "φωτισμένο" μυαλό της εποχής, πρέπει να μας χαρίσει.Το Καντίντ είναι λοιπόν ένα φιλοσοφικό παραμύθι, με την προσπάθεια του δημιουργού του να αφυπνίσει τ...
  • Samadrita
    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.
  • Aminova
    un conte philosophique écrit par voltaire où il fait une critique de la société à l'époque où il vivait à travers candide qui voyage dans le monde entier .ici le grand philosophe français évoque des sujets tels que : la religion , la liberté , l'esclavage , le fanatisme , le bonheur , l'amour et beaucoup d'autres thèmes que je ne peux pas tous cités . je l'ai vraiment adoré , ça ma fait rire a plusieurs reprises .