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Candide is a satirical novel by Voltaire. It provides social criticism by telling the story of Candide, who delivers a blow against optimism in the face of life's hardships as he struggles to reunite with the love of his life.
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  • Jesse Hughes
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "If you're looking for a Mensa-recommended book for ages 9 to 12, Candide likely isn't a great option. A satirical novel by Voltaire, the underlying themes that make up Candide might be a bit much for a child, so it may be best to keep looking."
  • Madison Price
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "While Voltaire is an amazing satirical write I'm not sure that reading this novel would prepare one for the SATs. While it has wit, philosophical discoveries and discussions it doesn't lend itself to preparing someone for a standardized test."
  • Tyler Cooper
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "A great translation of a true classic! You might be able to find it cheaper somewhere else, but it's well worth the money. Candide is a brilliant satire by Voltaire, a French philosopher who was constantly in hot water for challenging the norms of the day. Whether it is romance, religion or government, Candide skewers the institutions that society holds most dear. A brilliant work of art. "
  • Matthew Burns
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The book is famous. It is about life and trials experienced. It is a good read for mature people who enjoy satire."
  • Jane Campbell
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I like to read philosophy. Recently I was reading Candide by Voltaire. it is a beautiful story of life and love. I really enjoyed the story just as much as I enjoy the philosophy. "
    Alexander Patel
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "What we call "oldy but goody" it may have been written in 1759, but still just as satirical today. Also has some love for the romance lovers out there."
  • Rose Reynolds
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Due to difficulties in posting this review, until it is completely updated the full text of the review, with links, can be found in the comments section directly below. I apologize for this but have been having an unusually difficult time in getting this review to post. This note will be removed once the review is finalized and posted in final form. This review will address the newly issued Kindle edition of Candide that has been released by Open Road Media as well as give an overview of editions of Candide available for the Kindle and available on Amazon. Many Kindle versions of well-known classic books are available. For books available in the public domain, as is the case for Candide, oftentimes these Kindle versions are available for free or for very low price."
  • Jack Schneider
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "A novel made in 1759. Classic literature and easy to read. Voltaire mercilessly exposes and satirizes romance, science, philosophy, religion, and government."
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  • Gerald Price
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Funny story, and still relevant after all these years. Nothing too special, but not bad either."
  • Johnny Ruiz
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I didn't purchase Candide for myself to read so i can't shed that much light on it. All i could tell you is the my sister was happy she received it as a gift due to her recommendations. "
  • Ruth Reynolds
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Voltaire brought up many events which took place during his lifetime. There is quite a bit of back and forth of optimism v. pessimism.Candide asks, "But for what purpose was the earth formed?" And Martin replies, "To drive us mad." "Candide" is also a way for Voltaire to lash out against the clergy, as he was against the Church's abuses of power at that time. "
  • Anonymous
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "It's hard to go wrong with a classic, especially with a classic written by the famous French Enlightenment author, Voltaire. So this is a really good solution. I just wish many people see it as I do and upvote it. This is one of the pioneers in lambast satire and probably paved way for writers long before it was first published in the 1700s! I read about this in college and haven't forgotten about it yet. "
  • Julie Wells
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Written by one of the best satirists of all time, I actually wouldn't recommend reading this as a couple, though."
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  • Kathy Perry
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This novel is certainly one of the classics, having been written by Voltaire in 1759, it has stood the test of time. I enjoyed the story of the main character, he has many travels and adventures, with many bad things happening along the way. I also like that the story covered a range of topics from adventure, settling down, and falling in love. If you haven't had a chance to read any of this artists works, you should do so, I think that you will really enjoy it, you'll wonder why you haven't read it before. "
  • Henry Hernandez
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This was an interesting book. I have not read an absurdist style book before, and this first one gave me positive impressions on the genre. It's a different and funny take. I will be looking more into books that are like this one. "
  • Ralph Campbell
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is an excellent choice for a person that enjoys satirical comedy. It also was written in 1759 making it an 18th century book."
  • Roy Fernandez
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This story was just OK. Candide was not very relatable and the book gave off hard feelings. Not the type of thing I was really into. "
  • Emma Richards
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I identify totally with Candide. I love the satire."
  • Kimberly Hoffman
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Candied exposes and satirizes romance, science, philosophy, religion, and government. After his travels and adventures in Europe and South America, Candide saw and suffered such misfortune that it was difficult for him to believe this was "the best of all possible worlds"."
  • Emily Elliott
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Did you know this book was first published in 1759? Can't say it's the best book in the Project Gutenberg catalog but it sure has been around for a while!"
  • Adrián Leal
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "A classic since it was first published in 1759, Candid tells the story of a man who travels throughout Europe and South America. On his travels, he experiences many of life's hardships. He begins to wonder if this is the best life gets. Along the way, he meets his sweetheart Cunegonde and they buy a farm in Turkey. At the end, Candide learns that the best thing one can do for themselves is cultivate their own garden. "
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  • Willie Bryant
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Highly recommend this satirical novel. You'll definitely learn something after reading."
  • Diya Sarin
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "If you haven't read Voltaire, you should, and if you have you know how great this book is!"

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