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Two of the Most Brilliant Satires Ever Written. Candide & Zadig are also superb tales of adventure and action. Written in a clean, hard prose, they magically transport the reader to the four corners of Europe, to the New World and to the Levant. Candide and Zadi are innocent young men who set out to test the lessons of the classroom in the outside world. The misfortuneTwo of the Most Brilliant Satires Ever Written. Candide & Zadig are also superb tales of adventure and action. Written in a clean, hard prose, they magically transport the reader to the four corners of Europe, to the New World and to the Levant. Candide and Zadi are innocent young men who set out to test the lessons of the classroom in the outside world. The misfortunes that befall these youths-whether involving near-strangulation in Bablyon, an earthquake in Lisbon or the Wiles of swindlers in France-make for fascinatin, delightful reading.But they also provide Voltaire the opportunity to punctrue the faibles of men, women, customs and institutions with the dazzling rapier thrusts of his imcomparable irony. And they constitute a scathing indictment of the shallow optimism that characterized Voltaire's era....

Title : Candide and Zadig
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ISBN : 9783829008853
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 381 Pages
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Candide and Zadig Reviews

  • B-MO
    2019-02-15 19:44

    The two stories contained in this paperback are very similar. Both are satires and romances of some sort, each focusing on a main character, one who gets through life on his wits, the other gets through life on his luck of stumbling on a land of riches. Both travel the world in hopes of being reacquainted with the women that they have fallen in love with.Candide is a written to kind of laugh at the philosophy of "optimism", which, the editor notes, was very common philosophical lean during the time.

  • Crystal Hunter
    2019-01-24 18:42

    Candide was a bit disappointing; however, Zadig was a good read.

  • Claus Brinker
    2019-02-04 21:55

    Some fairly amusing short novellas.

  • Lily
    2019-01-20 22:44

    Candide was a reread - I had fun rediscovering the many quips & satiric witticisms, & can appreciate the ridiculousness of extreme Optimism even more now than when I was a teenager. I really enjoyed the parables in Zadig, & vastly preferred the characters, but it didn't have the sharp bite of Candide, & wasn't fully satisfied with the concluding philosophy. Great read overall.

  • robert
    2019-02-04 17:52

    A section in the middle of Candide gets a bit boring, but Voltaire quickly recovers. Overall, hilarious and brilliant. If you want evidence that humanity has always been idiotic, Voltaire provides plenty. (i only read candide.)

  • Tracie Hall
    2019-02-13 19:37

    Yikes! Both of thee stories are about virtuous optimists who endure the bleakest of life's vicissitudes at every turn, and so it seems do most all the characters they encounter. Challenging the ideas that men live by, they succeed as philosophical satires.

  • Danny Bobby
    2019-02-05 17:51

    I read Candide about a month or so ago and loved it, so I decided to check out the story of Zadig. This story definitely has a similar feel to it as Candide, but it leans ever so slightly more toward the "feel good" side of the scale.

  • Vibeke
    2019-01-27 22:03

    Timeless on human nature. Love it.

  • Miriam Fitting
    2019-02-15 01:04

    Young man travels epically in 1700s (?), tries to ive life according to philosophy, discover true philosophy, ltimatly fails and is miserabe. Highly humerous, much biting sarcasm and wit.

  • Ben
    2019-01-28 22:57

    Oh, Voltaire. Such wit, such sarcasm.

  • Nina
    2019-02-03 23:00

    One of my favorites! I love Candide!