Candide, or Optimism, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (8 ratings)


With its vibrant new translation, perceptive introduction, and witty packaging, this new edition of Voltaire's masterpiece belongs in the hands of every reader pondering our assumptions about human behavior and our place in the world.

Candide tells of the hilarious adventures of the naive Candide, who doggedly believes that "all is for the best" even when faced with injustice, suffering, and despair.

Controversial and entertaining, Candide is a book that is vitally relevant today in our world pervaded by-as Candide would say-"the mania for insisting that all is well when all is by no means well."


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780143039426

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Edited 2-16-07My first review of this book was lukewarm, praising the physical book itself (the Penguin Deluxe Classics Edition) more than the content within. And so now I'm re-reviewing to right my past wrongs.Candide is absolutely still relevant and funny today. The first time I read it (and I am ashamed to admit this), I completely missed out on the sarcastic tone of the book, a huge, huge oversight that completely ruined it for me.However, I have since read it again, understanding both Voltaire and the issue at hand a little more, and it is indeed fantastic. It makes me wish I was around in 1759 to see the looks on the faces of those Voltaire attacked when they read it. Definitely worth your time and money.

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A biting satire of early 17th century European culture, which is still surprisingly funny. I was also not expecting something quite so graphic from an old classic; queasy or uptight readers, be warned. This version sports a cartoon version of the story on the cover, which I could not resist. If you're a stickler for accuracy, however, you should be warned that some of the character names in the cartoon are incorrect, and there are other discrepancies.

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Aside from the book itself falling apart shortly after I bought it (gotta love penquin classics), it was a wonderful story. Rich with lessons for all of us, it is required reading...

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Very funny. Cynical. This edition was a please to read. Not great realistic storytelling but that wasn't the point of it, now was it.

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It's hard to review a book that you know you're supposed to like, but I just didn't find it as funny and charming as I guess I was meant to.

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