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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the only books I was forced to read for University which I would read again and again, 12 Nov 2012
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Last year I was subjected to 'les belles images' by Simone de Beauvoir. I didn't like that book, I found it pretentious and self-centred. L'étranger by Camus was a wonderful read, yet not one I think I would read again (scared off by numerous tutorials looking at profound underlying meanings etc). I didn't really get l'amant by Duras but the film adaptation made me cry with nostalgia. Needless to say I am a language student at University, and I have various things to read, some satisfying, some not...

Enough digressing. I just wanted to emphasise that Madame Bovary and Candide are two of the most enjoyable books I have ever read, especially at University. Madame Bovary wasn't so much a joy to read, but its criticism of romanticism with a harsh stroke of realism (Flaubert is not a realist) is particularly striking. I loved the book for its insight into the lives of ordinary people, and the harsh representation of the bourgeoisie.

Candide hit me in the exact opposite way. On the surface it appears an incredible adventure story, about a well-natured guy called Candide, which in itself is close to meaning naive. Candide has been taught by his close friend and philosopher Pangloss that everything is good in the world, and everything will end with good. Candide soon realises during his travels that he has been disillusioned, that the world is not good. He is torn between Martin who thinks everything is for the worst and Pangloss who thinks everything is for the best. L'Optimisme contre le pessimisme. Voltaire has used satire to critise the banal responses to Leibniz's philosophy in the 18th century, producing a work that is still funny even today.

This edition by Larousse is very accessible to those who don't speak French as a native tongue, as it points out difficult words and provides a definition of the word in French. This saves endless trips to the dictionary, and heightens the reading experience. There is also a good introduction to the historical period, Voltaire as a writer and the philosophy and satire of the novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sempiternal classic, 11 Oct 2013
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A typical example of Voltaire's incisive thinking. Make it into a film and it would be adjudged over the top.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of all possible editions!, 9 Oct 2013
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This is a small, handy, inexpensive and thorough version of Voltaire's Candide with a really good timeline of his life and events as introduction. There is an easy, unobtrusive guide on each page to out-dated language plus an excellent in-depth analysis at the end of the book, all in a very easy to read format. And all in French of course!
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5.0 out of 5 stars No problems, 8 Aug 2014
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Nice shiny new book, arrived no problems. Would definitely buy from them again.
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