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Bonkers 18th Century Romp,
This review is from: Candide (Penguin Popular Classics) (Paperback)
What surprised me about this book was how short it was, how accessible it was and how funny it was. Imagine Swift but with better editing.
In this picaresque romp through the atrocities and hot spots of the world Voltaire leads his young ingenue hero Candide a merry dance. Candide has been taught to believe that the world is a good place and that good things happen to good people. The book disproves that theory in spades, but does it in a typically gruesome, funny 18th century type way.
It's not often one gets to read a philosophical work that is both fun and thoughtful. This is it.