Candide

Or Optimism (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Author: Francois Voltaire

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101549742

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

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"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. For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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Candide, or Optimism

Author: Francois Voltaire

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141909242

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

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Brought up in the household of a powerful Baron, Candide is an open-minded young man, whose tutor, Pangloss, has instilled in him the belief that 'all is for the best'. But when his love for the Baron's rosy-cheeked daughter is discovered, Candide is cast out to make his own way in the world. And so he and his various companions begin a breathless tour of Europe, South America and Asia, as an outrageous series of disasters befall them - earthquakes, syphilis, a brush with the Inquisition, murder - sorely testing the young hero's optimism.
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Candide

Or, Optimism

Author: Voltaire

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780140440041

Category: Fiction

Page: 144

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A classic, satiric novel, by the noted 18th century French author and philosopher
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Candide, Or, Optimism

Author: Voltaire

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780679643135

Category: Fiction

Page: 119

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A classic, satiric novel, by the noted 18th century French author and philosopher chronicles the misadventures of the naive Candide, who continues to manifest her belief that "all is for the best" despite the injustice, despair, and suffering she encount
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The Penguin Classics Book

In Search of the Best Books Ever Written

Author: Henry Eliot

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141990937

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 480

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Penguin Classics is the largest and best-known classics imprint in the world. From The Epic of Gilgamesh to the poetry of the First World War, and covering all the greatest works of fiction, poetry, drama, history and philosophy in between, this reader's companion encompasses 500 authors, 1,200 books and 4,000 years of world literature. Stuffed full of stories, author biographies, book summaries and recommendations, and illustrated with thousands of historic Penguin Classic covers, this is an exhilarating and comprehensive guide for anyone who wants to explore and discover the best books ever written.
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Western Civilization: A Brief History, Volume II: Since 1500

Author: Jackson J. Spielvogel

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1305633482

Category: History

Page: 560

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This brief, best-selling Western Civilization text has helped thousands of students learn about the world they live in by exploring the story of its past. Jackson Spielvogel’s engaging chronological narrative and extensive inclusion of primary source documents weave the political, economic, social, religious, intellectual, cultural, and military aspects of history into a gripping story that is as memorable as it is instructive. This edition includes new historiographical sections along with updated scholarship and new images. The textbook is available in the following split options: WESTERN CIVILIZATION: A BRIEF HISTORY, 9th EDITION COMPLETE, VOLUME I: TO 1715, and VOLUME II: SINCE 1500. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
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Candide and Other Stories

Author: Voltaire,,Roger Pearson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199535612

Category: Fiction

Page: 301

View: 7516

"The story of Candide, a naive youth who is conscripted, shipwrecked, robbed, and tortured by the Inquisition without losing his will to live, is accompanied by four other stories"--NoveList.
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