Candide and Other Stories (World's Classics)

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Candide is the most famous of Voltaire s philosophical tales, in which he combined witty improbabilities with the sanest of good sense First published in 1759, it was an instant bestseller and has come to be regarded as one of the key texts of the Enlightenment What Candide does for chivalric romance, the other tales in this selection Micromegas, Zadig, The Ingenu, anCandide is the most famous of Voltaire s philosophical tales, in which he combined witty improbabilities with the sanest of good sense First published in 1759, it was an instant bestseller and has come to be regarded as one of the key texts of the Enlightenment What Candide does for chivalric romance, the other tales in this selection Micromegas, Zadig, The Ingenu, and The White Bull do for science fiction, the Oriental tale, the sentimental novel, and the Old Testament The most extensive one volume selection currently available, this new edition includes a new verse translation of the story Voltaire based on Chaucer s The Wife of Bath s Tale What Pleases the Ladies Opening with a revised introduction that reflects recent critical debates and including a new section on Voltaire s verse, this edition also features updated translations, revised notes, and an updated bibliography.

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  1. After dismissing Candide as something probably dumb for the better part of twelve years, I decided to finally read Voltaire’s most famous work, thanks to the prodding of fellow GR-erNathan “N.R.” Gaddis , who in turn gets all his best ideas from Steven Moore, such as choosing this English translation as opposed to all the others. In any case, I’m happy to report that Roger Pearson’s translation of Candide is the cat’s pyjamas. Never has rape, mutilation, murder, amputations, public b [...]

  2. Having already read Candide, Zadig and Micromegas, I skipped to the following:What pleases the ladies - a poem about a knight making a trip to Rome, makes a detour to Paris where a does harm to a pretty shop-girl's eggs and virtue so is brought before the queen; he is sentenced to hang unless he can gain pardon by finding "what pleases all the fair". (view spoiler)["Whate’er her qualities may be, Desires to bear both night and day O’er all about her sovereign sway: Woman would always fain co [...]

  3. At seven stars for Candide, and three stars for the other nearly identical Voltaire works included in this book (Ingenu, White Bull, Zadig and Micromegas), the average neatly comes out to a hearty five stars. I'm not sure if it's just the work of this translator, but the writing and biting sarcasm feels very modern; perhaps Voltaire's antipathy is something people of any age can relate to. The writing easily reaches out through the ages, giving a finger to the modern reader in a sarcastic voice [...]

  4. En esta selección de cuentos del filósofo francés Voltaire, uno de los máximos exponentes de la Ilustración, no están todos los recogidos en el volumen Romans et Contes (1778), pero sí los mejores. No me suele ocurrir que me encanten todos los cuentos de un autor, pero en este caso así ha sido. Los cinco cuentos reunidos en Cándido y otros cuentos (1974) son filosóficos. Voltaire los escribió con el fin de hacer reflexionar al lector. En el primer cuento, titulado «Memnón o la sabid [...]

  5. Candide is perhaps sixteenth-century French philosopher Voltaire’s most memorable work. It is his anthem of a world view that challenges the naïve notion that all of man’s troubled existence is “the best of all possible worlds.” Voltaire moves his protagonist Candide through every conceivable trauma available in his time period: enlistment in the army, beatings, shipwrecking, robbery, torture by the Inquisition, and separation from his beloved Cunégonde, for whom all his sufferings beg [...]

  6. I only read Candide but I feel like that's enough Voltaire for now, although I did enjoy exploring the text in detail. His use of satire and intelligent vocabulary makes for an enjoyable read, but knowing the background information kinda completes the experience. A good read for my course yay

  7. Candide is still the best of all possible stories in this collection, a five-star amusement. Zadig, Micromegas and the Ingenu follow a similar philosophical road trip to knowledge, or not.

  8. There may be some dispute about what the purpose of philosophy should be, but one strong contender is that it should be about seeking the good life and finding happiness. In this selection of stories, Voltaire, the philosopher’s anti-philosopher, shows many characters seeking happiness in different ways, and we get to see just how elusive that happiness is.This volume comprises six stories. Candide is of course the most famous one, and tells the tale of a young man dismissed as a servant and f [...]

  9. Another one I read in French class, although I cheated and got a copy of the English translation.What a wacky story! We live in the best of all possible worlds, according to Dr. Pangloss. And yet Candide suffers through trial and tribulation, and meets the victims of terrible situations. Mainly, I remember something about women forced to slice off one butt cheek each to have something to eat. Absurdity at its finest.

  10. Five of the arch-scoundrel's tales compiled in one volume but diminished by their similarity to one another. The title story is a classic: a cartoonish aggregation of improbable adventures, miseries and implausible escapes in which the hapless knave Candide must travel the globe and survive torture, murder, earthquakes, mutilation and the Spanish Inquisition in order to win the heart of his inamorata Cunegund. The supporting material comes off as so many inferior versions. The eponymous hero in [...]

  11. Quien piense que la literatura y la filosofía no pueden estar ligados, no ha leído a Voltaire. Las dos novelas cortas (porque Cándido y El ingenuo deberían ser consideradados como novelas cortas) y los cuatro cuentos que nos presenta este autor francés, representante de la Ilustración, son sus versiones altamente paródicas sobre los cuentionamientos en torno a la vida. A parte de la vida y sus intrincadas tragedias, se cuestiona mucho las corrientes de pensamiento que imperaban en esa ép [...]

  12. My copy includes these stories:Candide (of course)MicromegasZadigThe IngenuThe White BullAmong all five stories, my favourite is the “The Ingenu” because it was simple and yet concise and very meaningful. Candide and Zadig are two similar stories (in my opinion) the ideas and wits are the same. I enjoyed every bit of Voltaire’s witty short stories. It’s not that FUNNY (like The Family Guy or SNL type of humour by today’s modern world) but it must have been a good laughing experience re [...]

  13. Candide--"The Baron was one of the most powerful noblemen in Westphalia, for his castle had a door and windows."Now,that's funny. And so are all the disasters and contretemps imaginable that beat down on our hero Candide.I appreciated Voltaire's biting philosophical satire that Candide is - it's funny in places and keeps the story going without dwelling on the finer points of philosophy, which explains its tremendous popularity when it was published and got banned by the Pope.The story, however, [...]

  14. Τα δύο αστεράκια δεν είναι για τα διηγήματα του Βολταίρου αλλά για την άσχημη μετάφραση και την κάκιστη έκδοση. Κάποια στιγμή οι εκδότες , κάποιοι από αυτούς, όχι βέβαια όλοι, πρέπει να συνειδητοποιήσουν ότι δεν φτάνει ένα καλό κείμενο. Η μετάφραση είναι σημαντικότατη στα ξ [...]

  15. Candide is one of the best book I've read because it talks about a peroson (Candide) who is kicked out of a castle after he steals a kiss from his lover. After that, his adventures starts. The story of Canide reveals the differences of several societies at that era and how a human being is treated differently.

  16. "Optimism," said Cacambo, "what is that?" "Alas!" replied Candide, "it is the stubbornness of maintaining that everything is the best when everything is the worst!"As a self-declared optimist, I probably shouldn't have enjoyed Voltaire's sardonic satire nearly as much as I did. Candide looks at the misfortunes of the world in stark--and humorous--contrast to the way in which philosophers attempt to grasp all the deepest mysteries of reality and human suffering. The ending, admittedly, leaves som [...]

  17. Oh VoltaireIve started a love hate relationship with youNDIDE: I think Candide was a great first choice for an intro to Voltaire. I found this story very funny and surprising how long ago it was written. I think the character always makes you intrigued through all the trials and tribulations. It was well written and kept the reader engaged. MICROMEGAS: Who knew a story like this was written by Voltaire??? I loved the giants and the curiosity of the unknownZADIG: This was not one of my favorite s [...]

  18. Candide and Zadig were both captivating, with the latter slightly more enjoyable in my opinion. I skipped What Pleases the Ladies and couldn't read through the Ingenu or The White Bull without constantly checking how many pages I had left. All of these stories, however, introduced me to a lot of philosophy and concepts I have previously never encountered, namely Leibnitz and Zoroaster. I knew of Zoroaster but had no idea about his sayings, which were quoted often in this book. I think, of all th [...]

  19. The version I read contained Candide/The Ingenus/Zadig/Nanine, listed in descending order of merit. Candide is an excellent story with a good "moral" (don't assume others are happy for all their status, instead learn to be happy where you are). The ingenu is a raucous description and criticism of french society. Zadig is a hopelessly naive tale of enlightenment delusions. Nanine is a pedestrian polemic against distinctions of class.

  20. A book that contains Voltaire’s philosophy in every one of its 30 chapters. An absolute read of the Enlightenment Period.

  21. This is probably one of the few books that I liked so much that I read the introduction too. A must read for all panglossian optimists.

  22. A compact collection that pairs Voltaire’s most famous work with a handful of lesser known stories, the Oxford World Classic’s edition of Candide is an interesting read but one that left me wanting a lot more.A short tale and infamous almost right off the bat, Candide follows a the titular character through Europe, the New World and a couple places not exactly on the map, showing up philosophers and organized religion everywhere he goes. He’s a guy with a cheerful sort of naïveté, always [...]

  23. Voltaire is a famous philosopher of the Enlightenment, and Candide his most famous work. It's very short, less than a hundred pages, and the edition I read filled out the book with three other novellas, Zadig, Ingenu, The White Bull and a short story Micromegas. Although Candide is the most celebrated work in the book, it wasn't necessarily my favorite--but I did find it amusing. Candide is a satiric send-up of Leibniz's theory of optimism through Candide's mentor Dr. Pangloss, who believes we l [...]

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