Candide: Or Optimism (Penguin Classics)

Candide: Or Optimism (Penguin Classics)

By: Voltaire

Price: $4.95

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Used - Good



"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.

Title: Candide: Or Optimism (Penguin Classics)

Author Name: Voltaire

Categories: Classics,

Publisher: Penguin Classics: May 1990

ISBN Number: 0140440046

ISBN Number 13: 9780140440041

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: Used - Good

Seller ID: 320568