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Candide, or Optimism

Voltaire ; Translated And Edited By Theo Cuffe With An Introduction By Michael Wood.

By Voltaire, 1694-1778

"All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds"
 
It was the indifferent shrug and callous inertia that this "optimism" concealed which so angered Voltaire, who found the "all for the best" approach a patently inadequate response to suffering, to natural disasters, not to mention the questions of illness and man-made war. Moreover, as the rebel whose satiric genius had earned him not only international acclaim, but two stays in the Bastille, flogging, and exile, Voltaire knew personally what suffering entailed. In Candide he whisks his young hero and friends through a ludicrous variety of tortures, tragedies, and a reversal of fortune, in the company of Pangloss, a "metaphysico-theologo-comolo-nigologist" of unflinching optimism. The result is one of the glories of eighteenth-century satire.
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Format: Book
Author: Voltaire, 1694-1778
Title: Candide, or Optimism / Voltaire ; translated and edited by Theo Cuffe with an introduction by Michael Wood.
Publisher Date: New York : Penguin Books, 2005.
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Format: Book
Author: Voltaire, 1694-1778
Title: Candide, or Optimism / Voltaire ; translated and edited by Theo Cuffe with an introduction by Michael Wood.
Publisher, Date: New York : Penguin Books, 2005.
Description: xxxvii, 155 p. : maps (some col.) ; 22 cm.
Series: Penguin classics deluxe edition
Series: Penguin classics deluxe edition
Other Author: Cuffe, Theo
Other Title: Candide English
Other Title: Candide
Other Title: Optimism
Notes: Col. map on cover flap.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [xxix]-xxxi).
Web Site: http://books.google.com/books?id=NfYIAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA11#v=onepage&q&f=false A downloadable book (without this introduction) available through Google Books; click for access.
Web Site: http://books.google.com/books?id=NfYIAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA11#v=onepage&q&f=false A downloadable book (without this introduction) available through Google Books; click for access.
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ISBN: 0143039423
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Call Number: 843.5 Vol