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Candide begins in the German town of Westphalia, where Candide, a young man, lives in the castle of Baron of Thunder-ten-tronckh. A noted philosopher, Doctor Pangloss, tutors the baron on philosophical optimism, the idea that "all is for the best . . . in this best of all worlds." Candide, a simple man, first accepts this philosophy, but as he experiences the horrors of war, poverty, the maliciousness of man, and the hypocrisy of the church, he begins to doubt the voracity of Pangloss's theory. Thus, philosophical optimism is the focus of Votaire's satire; anti-war and anti-church refrains also run throughout the novel.
I liked it, it challenged me grammatically and mentally.
Definitely a good read.
Plot was ok, and as a satire some parts were amusing, but overall the book's theme and message that it's trying to get across to the reader falls flat on its face and fails to invoke any worthy analysis of this book.
A cross between SOUTH PARK and FOREST GUMP (not my original idea). Probably my favorite book of all time. A satirized history of the Enlightenment. For proper enjoyment and appreciation, one needs to put in context. I suggest spark notes to first timers. Having taught this book over twenty years, thank you Mr.
Levin for the suggestion, I find it almost limitless as a resource of exploring mankind at his worst--and timeless. Moreover, it offers a thousand Google detours to understand the nuances of the satire. :-)