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  • Published: 1 January 1984
  • ISBN: 9780553211665
  • Imprint: Bantam US
  • Format: Paperback
  • RRP: $8.99

Candide


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Candide is the story of a gentle man who, though pummeled and slapped in every direction by fate, clings desperately to the belief that he lives in "the best of all possible worlds." On the surface a witty, bantering tale, this eighteenth-century classic is actually a savage, satiric thrust at the philosophical optimism that proclaims that all disaster and human suffering is part of a benevolent cosmic plan. Fast, funny, often outrageous, the French philosopher's immortal narrative takes Candide around the world to discover that -- contrary to the teachings of his distringuished tutor Dr. Pangloss -- all is not always for the best. Alive with wit, brilliance, and graceful storytelling, Candide has become Voltaire's most celebrated work.

  • Pub date: 1 January 1984
  • ISBN: 9780553211665
  • Imprint: Bantam US
  • Format: Paperback
  • RRP: $8.99

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