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Candide was the most brilliant challenge to the idea endemic in Voltaires day, that all is for the best in the best possible worlds. It was the indifferent shrug and callous intertia 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 - such as the recent ear Candide was the most brilliant challenge to the idea endemic in Voltaires day, that all is for the best in the best possible worlds. It was the indifferent shrug and callous intertia 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 - such as the recent earthquakes in Lima and Lisbon - 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 involved. In Candide he whisks his young hero and friends through a ludicrious variety of tortures, tragedies and reversals of fortune, in the company of Pangloss, a matapysico-theologo-cosmolo-nigologist of unflinching optimism. The result is one of the glories of the eighteenth-century satire.

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Candide was the most brilliant challenge to the idea endemic in Voltaires day, that all is for the best in the best possible worlds. It was the indifferent shrug and callous intertia 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 - such as the recent ear Candide was the most brilliant challenge to the idea endemic in Voltaires day, that all is for the best in the best possible worlds. It was the indifferent shrug and callous intertia 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 - such as the recent earthquakes in Lima and Lisbon - 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 involved. In Candide he whisks his young hero and friends through a ludicrious variety of tortures, tragedies and reversals of fortune, in the company of Pangloss, a matapysico-theologo-cosmolo-nigologist of unflinching optimism. The result is one of the glories of the eighteenth-century satire.
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Title Candide: Or Optimism Height 13
Voltaire Width 0.8
ISBN-13 9780140440041 Binding Paperback
ISBN-10 #0140440046 Spine Width
Publisher Financial Times / Imprint Of Pearson Pages 144
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