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A brilliant, exciting, provoking read
on 3 February 2017
One of the most profound books ever written - dark, humorous, blend of political satire and horror (war, social injustices, political turmoil). A dig at Leibniz's concept of the world as 'the best of all possible worlds', representing purpose, order, meaningful cause-effect relationships (he was a mathematician, after all; he searched for patterns). One character represents the optimism that comes from this perception, another character represents the pessimism instilled in us when, in the course of our lives, we encounter chaos (e.g. natural disasters) and social disorder. Voltaire weaves a wonderful narrative around the optimism-pessimism debate. These characters are compelling! It's so relevant today; question, question, question - never blindly accept.