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Voltaire - Candide, or Optimism
on 26 November 2013
Candide, one of Voltaire's most applauded works, was written near the end of his life. It follows the journeys of young Candide as he is kicked out of the German palace where he grew up and is subsequently forced to traipse over much of the Western world in search for an answer to the eternal question 'Why do bad things happen to good people?' or 'Is there such a thing as a predestined fate?'. At the time it was absorbed as a hugely accomplished satirical farce at the views of many people at the time. Today it can still be read and enjoyed as that but also, most importantly, it can still be enjoyed as a supremely enjoyable story. Voltaire's writing is a juggernaut, unrelenting and awash with celerity. It is a classic for a reason and should be enjoyed by all. This version comes equipped with notes on almost anything you could wish to know pertaining to the story as well as an introduction and a few appendixes of Voltaire's other, related writings.