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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.
Candide by Voltaire
Extremely inspiring read especially when one thinks of today's society being very similar regarding a rag to riches story imploring the reader to understand how true life is when those thought to enjoy millions of dollars inherited and yet not being as happy to one laboring to earn money and experiencing much more happiness and well being for doing so. Well done Voltaire!! KSW
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.