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Candide, Zadig and Selected Stories No one ever thought philosophy could be funny And then there was Voltaire Voltaire s bitter sarcasm survives translation and time His themes get a bit repetitive, but the frustrations are timeless.I particularly liked Zadig, though I wonder how it would feel to a middle eastern reader I found it interesting that Voltaire so often wrote about non european characters Zadig and Ingenuous were both virtuous paragons confronting European foibles Another story took it a step further, with virtuous aliens from Saturn and SIrus coming to Earth to see how weird we are A b Voltaire s bitter sarcasm survives translation and time His themes get a bit repetitive, but the frustrations are timeless.I particularly liked Zadig, though I wonder how it would feel to a middle eastern reader I found it interesting that Voltaire so often wrote about non european characters Zadig and Ingenuous were both virtuous paragons confronting European foibles Another story took it a step further, with virtuous aliens from Saturn and SIrus coming to Earth to see how weird we are A bit high flying to be considered science fiction, but Voltaire s correct guess that Mars had two moons earns him a mention in some SF annals In context it s clear to me that he s just making stuff up, and why not give a planet two moons There s a mention of Mars needing another moon to get by, being so far from the sun Glad I read it, just to have read it, but there were passages that were dull Generally thetopical stuff if you have to read the footnotes, it s not going to be funny With Candide A Classic Parody Of The Romantic, Coming Of Age Story And The Fifteen Other Stories In This Indispensible Collection, Voltaire Derided The Bureaucracies Of His Day With Ruthless Wit His Dissections Of Science, Spiritual Faith, Legal Systems, Vanity, And Love Make Him The Undisputed Master Of Social Commentary Since I wrote the Afterward for Viking Penguin, I had to read this book thoroughly and started out unhappily, since so many of Volatire s pltos are preditcable What I found most enticing were his very short stories perahps one page and his accordian like sense of time that chooses to highlight trivial events and barely mention important ones no doubt Voltaire s sense of time, but also his sense of how the world pays attention Some of this is very funny there are at least two complaints of Since I wrote the Afterward for Viking Penguin, I had to read this book thoroughly and started out unhappily, since so many of Volatire s pltos are preditcable What I found most enticing were his very short stories perahps one page and his accordian like sense of time that chooses to highlight trivial events and barely mention important ones no doubt Voltaire s sense of time, but also his sense of how the world pays attention Some of this is very funny there are at least two complaints of having to launder blouses in the middle of a catastrophe I was also delighted to learn that Voltaire, with Swift, wrote the first science fiction stores.It also was the case that Volaire would fit into the modern category of magic realism although he himself would make fun of the label The figures in this stories are real, but the world the ground in which they live is populated with angels and rocks that can talk When I finished writing the review, I realized that I was much richer for having read the very short stories Really pieces of flash fiction another category that Volatire might have lampooned in any case, if you buy this book, i would recommend reading the shorter things I do think that Voltaire was pulled between the rhetoric of the philosphe and the narrative arc of the fiction writer With this, too, he might possibly disagree And I d love people to read my Afterward I think it sheds light on some of the flip book speed in some of the stories .3.5 5 I really enjoyed it..i mean it is Voltaire haha loved his bitter sarcasm and the rather easy approach to things however i have to say I liked Zadig muchthan Candide OK, so apparently Candide was first and foremost intended as a swipe at Philosophical Optimism, an idea championed by Leibnitz, the guy who we remember today as The Other Guy Who Developed Calculus Philosophical Optimism was so far as I can tell the semi theological or maybe totally theological notion that this crazy old world is necessarily the best of all possible worlds, even if it often doesn t seem much like that to those of us who happen to live here And wow, Voltaire really lays i OK, so apparently Candide was first and foremost intended as a swipe at Philosophical Optimism, an idea championed by Leibnitz, the guy who we remember today as The Other Guy Who Developed Calculus Philosophical Optimism was so far as I can tell the semi theological or maybe totally theological notion that this crazy old world is necessarily the best of all possible worlds, even if it often doesn t seem much like that to those of us who happen to live here And wow, Voltaire really lays into Philosophical Optimism with a vengeance in this novel Leibnitz must have been all, like, Ouch But since nobody has really been pushing Philosophical Optimism per se for, oh, a couple of centuries now, the book has necessarily lost some of its intellectual punch.No matter Even having lost its raison d etre, Candide is good, madcap fun In fact, it would be exaggerating only a little to say that it still retains a certain comic freshness after 251 years It is a little amazing to a modern reader or at least to me to find such an anarchic, absurdist sense of humor in a book that predates well, that predates almost everything we might read, hear, watch, or experience in everyday life excepting certain very old buildings in participating locations.Voltaire writes with a straight faced silliness that is likely to resonate with Monty Python fans The eponymous hero, whose name gives away his perfect naivet , is raised in a German castle called Thunder ten tronckh Early on, he falls into service in the Bulgarian but clearly the Prussian army, and learns how to drill magnificently later in the book he will, like Colonel Scheisskopf in a much later book, be considered a military genius due to his acumen on the parade ground.Lots of silly and random misadventures befall Candide and everyone he meets Voltaire makes not the slightest gesture towards making the progression of events plausible or even logical, and indeed characters that have been killed off in early chapters are forever reappearing with miraculous stories of how they weren t really dead after all This free wheeling style lets Voltaire make fun of pretty much everything, everybody, and everyplace From Germany, Candide will find his way to Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Paraguay, El Dorado, Surinam, Paris, England, Venice, and Turkey if I m not forgetting anything and the rulers and institutions of all these places, even the imaginary one, are lampooned with merciless, equal opportunity gusto.In addition to his social satire, Voltaire also breaks down and satirizes the conventional logic of the novel No doubt he has long since been claimed as a pre modern exponent of post modernity by those in charge of mapping such terrain If not, you arethan welcome to take this up as a dissertation topic Mention me in the acknowledgements, is all.What makes Voltaire a top notch satirist is his ability to see both sides of an issue and mock them both ruthlessly, often leaving you with no idea where he stands on the issue himself A character called Pococurante, for instance, is used to make fun of mindless adulation of the classics Here he is talking about the Iliad Once I was made to believe I took pleasure in reading it But that continual repetition of combats that are all alike, those gods that are always active and never do anything decisive, that Helen who is the subject of the war and who has hardly any part in the action, that Troy which is always besieged and never taken all that caused me that most deadly boredom I have sometimes asked learned men whether they were as bored as I was in reading it All the sincere ones admitted to me that the book fell out of their hands, but that you always had to have it in your library, like an ancient monument, or like those rusty coins which cannot be used in commerce.So wow He s taking the piss on Homer In 1759 That s pretty radical But then, a few pages later, a sentence from his airhead hero, Candide, makes fun of people who create the impression of great intelligence by taking surprising contrary opinions Oh, what a superior man said Candide under his breath What a great genius this Pococurante is Nothing can please him So, does Voltaire think the Iliad is boring and overrated Or does he think that it would be ridiculous to think so No tellin Prognosis Still an easy and entertaining read after all these year, Candide is a funny and humane parody of the ways of the world Reading it today, it s nice to see that, to an extent, the ways of the world have made some progress One always wishes that one could say that we ve made so MUCH progress that Voltaire s satire has lost its bite, and is now of purely historical interest But no Still funny, still biting, and all too often still on target This book is a collection of some of Voltaire s fictional stories, in which he criticizes many commonly held views in his day Religion, philosophy, and politics were all attacked, as nothing was sacred from Voltaire s semi comedic criticism The criticisms he makes of his contemporary society are usually very good, although, unfortunately, he does not take them far enough Among many flaws, the two that mainly stick out are his ethnic stereotypes and sexism This is not in and of itself surpri This book is a collection of some of Voltaire s fictional stories, in which he criticizes many commonly held views in his day Religion, philosophy, and politics were all attacked, as nothing was sacred from Voltaire s semi comedic criticism The criticisms he makes of his contemporary society are usually very good, although, unfortunately, he does not take them far enough Among many flaws, the two that mainly stick out are his ethnic stereotypes and sexism This is not in and of itself surprising, but I had hoped forfrom one of the leading figures of the Enlightenment Oh well It could have been a lot worse, and compared to many others of his day, his views were quite modern and humane Overall an interesting read, and of important historical value If it was possible, I would probably rate this 3.5 stars, but since that is not an option, I am going with 3 Most philosophers I think tend to pen a bleak outlook on life in general With Voltaire his outlook seems to bethe balance between good and evil and your perception of the world An optimist sees the good and a pessimist sees the bad but yet both qualities are out there in world for you to experience I ve truthfully never been into philosophy outside of my own pseudo philosophical ideas but Candide and Zadig are extremely fun, witty, and wimsical stories which expound on Voltaire s philos Most philosophers I think tend to pen a bleak outlook on life in general With Voltaire his outlook seems to bethe balance between good and evil and your perception of the world An optimist sees the good and a pessimist sees the bad but yet both qualities are out there in world for you to experience I ve truthfully never been into philosophy outside of my own pseudo philosophical ideas but Candide and Zadig are extremely fun, witty, and wimsical stories which expound on Voltaire s philosophical ideas in a way that is truly enjoyable and not fraught with lectures These books, espeically Candide, are absolutely hilarious I recommend reading this copy as it has it a large appendix to reference where you will discover for instance that some of the outrageous characters are named after Voltaire s biggest rivals critics If you haven t delved into philosophy before then this is the book to start with Vive la France Warning Spoilers This review is over Candide, a tale of adventure The pack of action does not let up until the story slowed down for the end, which made the story arc difficult for me to distinguish This did not make it a bad story I appreciate a book, specifically the tale of Candide, for its brevity little to no time is wasted with meaningless, useless, worthless details and elaboration While reading, I thought about three different intellectual women in our world and how they would all Warning Spoilers This review is over Candide, a tale of adventure The pack of action does not let up until the story slowed down for the end, which made the story arc difficult for me to distinguish This did not make it a bad story I appreciate a book, specifically the tale of Candide, for its brevity little to no time is wasted with meaningless, useless, worthless details and elaboration While reading, I thought about three different intellectual women in our world and how they would all disagree with each other while I with all of them on the topic of optimism, alone Four intellectual women, if Ayn Rand is counted Ayn I went into this book after a friend that I have known since elementary school expressed her negative opinion of the book and how much she loathed the style of satirical humor In any case I usually have a prejudice against books that have a cover in which the title is just as large as the author s name Voltaire was political in his writing and I did not favor his competition of agreeable characters, albeit I did enjoy the character Pococurante, and his reflection of the philosophies of Divmavu, I say what I think, and I worry very little whether others think as I do 87 I read an edition that was annotated by a comrade before I, which was a quite fun form of communication It was as if we were speaking with each other.Favorite quotes and now to beg my bread until I can earn it all this could not happen differently My friend, said the orator to him, do you believe that the Pope is antichrist I had never heard that before, replied Candide but whether he is or not, I have no bread 21 Ah, best of worlds, where are you 22 Alas get me a little wine and oil, I am dying This earthquake is not a new thing, replied Pangloss The town of Lima suffered the same shocks in America last year same causes, same effects there is certainly a vein of sulfur underground from Lima to Lisbon Nothing isprobable, said Candide, but for the love of God, a little oil and wine 26 Now here s another one, said Cunegonde there is nochance of pardon we are excommunicated, our last hour is come How could you, who were born so mild, manage to kill one Jew and one Inquisitor in two minutes My fair lady, replied Candide, when a man is in love, jealous, and whipped by the Inquisition, he is out of his mind 33

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