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Candide
Candide | Voltaire
Candide is the story of a gentle man who, though pummeled and slapped in every direction by fate, clings desperately to the belief that he lives in "the best of all possible worlds." On the surface a witty, bantering tale, this eighteenth-century classic is actually a savage, satiric thrust at the philosophical optimism that proclaims that all disaster and human suffering is part of a benevolent cosmic plan. Fast, funny, often outrageous, the French philosopher's immortal narrative takes Candide around the world to discover that -- contrary to the teachings of his distringuished tutor Dr. Pangloss -- all is not always for the best. Alive with wit, brilliance, and graceful storytelling, Candide has become Voltaire's most celebrated work.
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M.V
Candide | Voltaire
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Pickpick

I feel french.

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okthislooksbad
Candide | Voltaire
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Starting #24in48 a bit late (I like sleeping, sue me!) with my Serial Reader-title. I need all the coffee to deal with this rambly, gory mess before 10am ☕😂

Leniverse I like sleeping too. Just getting up now at nine. I mean, we need to be rested to stay focused on the reading, right? 1mo
okthislooksbad @Leniverse It is the only way. Already, we are better off than the poor, less well-rested souls. I think. 😂 1mo
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tsundoker
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Pickpick

"If this is the best of possible worlds, what then are the others?"

Wildly entertaining. Candide's awful adventures are explored in a very funny way.

CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 I haven't read this since high school, so it's on my TBR stack to reread this year. 1mo
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Kristy_K
Candide | Voltaire
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Mehso-so

This was so over the top with calamities and dramatics. Voltaire shines a light on human nature and all its fallacies in this satire. At first it was enjoyable and funny but near the end I grew annoyed.

⭐️⭐️

#classic #LetterV #LitsyAtoZ

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Emilymdxn
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Mehso-so

Not personally a fan but I don‘t want to hold it against the book that I just don‘t really like the 18th century. I got that it was satire, I got that it was philosophical, and I suppose that should have made it feel less silly but it didn‘t really for me. The racist, anti-Semitic and sexist was very jarring and while obviously I understand it‘s from 300 years ago that doesn‘t mean I had a good time reading it. Nice to have ticked off a #1001books

SW-T Reading older books with a modern eye can make you cringe. 4mo
andrew61 I read it last year for my classics a-z and listened to an episode of radio 4's 'in our time ' which really enhanced my interest in the story - it's available on itunes and bbc archive if you are interested. 4mo
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Emilymdxn
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Looking through my kindle on the train for something to read and I picked this on a total whim, it‘s been sitting on my kindle for years and wasn‘t very high up my tbr but I picked it and looks like I‘m reading it now! One for #1001books and I‘m going to Paris for Easter weekend so it‘s very fitting.

I‘m heartbroken by the news about notre dame. I can‘t believe this could happen to such a beautiful symbolic building 9 centuries old

tournevis They are already planning abatement and fast tracking reconstruction. The fire isn't even out yet. I'm reassured. 4mo
Chrissyreadit I agree that was sad news! 4mo
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Meaw_catlady
Candide | Voltaire
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Thought I would share a pic of my goodwill find of the month! A terrarium that plays Love Me Tender that I filled with crystals and an air plant I got from my library. We are doing an air plant program for Earth day and this guy was too big for the program. Also look at the awesome postcard I receive #JB from @SkeletonKey I love it! Also shown a piece of clear quartz and a piece of smoky quartz I collected.

tammysue So lovely 💜 4mo
Leftcoastzen That is so very cool! Great find and a beautiful way to use it. 4mo
SkeletonKey So glad it arrived! 4mo
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Meaw_catlady @SkeletonKey thank you so much it brightened my day! And I love the quotes 🤗 4mo
SkeletonKey @Meaw_catlady 💜💜💜 you‘re welcome 4mo
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Malisa
Candide | Voltaire
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Pickpick

You know those really bad fanfics where everyone dies and comes back to life and everything bad that could happen does happen yet the main character is completely fine? This is like that.

tournevis Yes! It is! Yes! 😆 5mo
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arielmonsen
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teacher lent copy. we swap books sometimes

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BestDogDad
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Five books in January, about my average. Some goodness in there and some pain. #januarywrapup

Erofan 👏 6mo
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vivastory
Candide | Voltaire
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I'm a day late for posting #AlwaysLookOnTheBrightSideOfLife but I just couldn't tear myself away from my #24in48 book.
I read Candide in a college philosophy course & have been meaning to reread it since I bought this delightful Penguin edition. Candide is taught by Professor Pangloss that we live in the best of all possible worlds. This optimism is quickly put to the test & Candide must decide the truth of his Professor's philosophy.
@Cinfhen

Sweettartlaura This book is referenced in one of my #24in48 reads, 7mo
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Daisey
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Pickpick

I had planned to read this in print, but my current readalongs are requiring almost all of my reading time, so I downloaded the audio. I‘m so glad that I did, because this made for a great listen during my walks this weekend. I think it has the most humor of anything I‘ve read in which so many things go badly.

#audiobook #audiowalk #1001books
#Reading1001 January 2019 #TBRTakedown

CoffeeNBooks This is on my re-read list for this year- I haven't read it since high school. I should look into the audio of it! 7mo
Daisey @CoffeeNBooks This version was read by Andrew Sachs. At the beginning I wasn‘t sure about his different voices, but as I listened they seemed to fit the style of the story. It also had short musical interludes between each of the chapters which I liked. 7mo
JazzFeathers I have never read this. I'm not really into French literature, but now you have picked my interest. 7mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers I‘m sure I missed some of the deeper meaning, but I got the gist and enjoyed the experience. It was much funnier than I expected. Plus, it‘s a fairly short read/listen. 7mo
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BestDogDad
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🤓

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BestDogDad
Candide | Voltaire
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Voltaire, you magnificent wordsmith! I read this in AP English in high school in the 80s. Forgot how great it was.

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Demeter2112
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My 2019 reading goal/Goodreads reading goal is 150 books. But I might bump it up later in the year.
Currently at 3/150.

mdm139 Great photo 7mo
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MatchlessMarie
Candide | Voltaire
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I don't always consider a marriage proposal, but when I do, facial hair is of utmost importance 😅 #LitsyClassics #LetterV #SerialReader

sprainedbrain 😂 8mo
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archaeolibrarianologist
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ForCuriosity
Candide | Voltaire
Panpan

I had to read the book for our school summer assignment and while last year I enjoyed the book, it was “to kill a mocking bird”, this year was very different. The book was short but I wasn‘t a fan of the plot or writing style, which really doesn‘t leave much of the book to like. The only character I liked was Martin, as he was a realist and didn‘t fall for much.

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Mcoun
Candide | Voltaire
Pickpick

A classic satire that is a quick read. I‘m sure some of the jokes were lost on my modern brain, but there was still some obvious absurdity that was quite funny. I am looking forward to seeing the Leonard Bernstein musical later this year.

MaGoose I read it about 25 years ago and wasn't really a fan. 8mo
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VioletBramble
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My August TBR pile. Candide is for the ColorCAT at #LibraryThing. The Bukowski is for the #PoetryChallenge. The rest of the month is catch-up time as I started three of these books for other challenges and never finished them. Hoping to start September fresh.
🏖🌴🌞🍉🎡📚

MaleficentBookDragon ♥ your Bob Ross. 13mo
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xicanti
Candide | Voltaire
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I didn't buy CANDIDE because I'm trying really, really hard not to acquire books unless I can start them right away, but I had to take a picture of it because this edition is so fun.

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Lcsmcat
Candide | Voltaire
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Candide was #faithful; Cunegonde, not so much. #coolbooks @Linsy

Linsy I‘ve always been curious about this one. 13mo
Lcsmcat @Linsy It‘s a favorite of mine. (I‘ve read it in English and French.) And the Musical by Bernstein is very faithful to the book. 13mo
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ClairesReads
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Candide is a brief but illuminating satire. In it, Voltaire effectively illustrates the folly of most things we take so seriously; religion, philosophy, principles and morals, love, social class, money, fate, mortality and war. It‘s a classic for a reason- and is a significant party of the literary canon.

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ClairesReads
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Work ❤️

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ClairesReads
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Human nature

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ClairesReads
Candide | Voltaire
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Next up on @SerialReader I‘m revisiting this gem

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TracyReadsBooks
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Today‘s errands included a stop at the bookstore—we let each of our kids pick a new book to take with them to camp. While there I kept getting distracted by new editions of books I already own. Tell me I‘m not alone! Love these covers but I managed to resist. This time... It‘s a good bet one or both of these will end up in my house in the future. I freely admit I‘m a sucker for an awesome cover!

DGRachel Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions are a weakness of mine! 1y
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Thndrstd
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saresmoore Great choice! 1y
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Faibka
Candide | Voltaire
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I couldn‘t resist getting this beautiful Penguin edition of Voltaire‘s hilarious satire, highly recommended. Maybe it‘s time for a reread

jveezer I really dig that cover. 1y
Faibka @jveezer it is a lot cuter in person, the inside flaps have the list of characters and even games 😆 1y
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andrew61
Candide | Voltaire
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#Litsyclassics
I found this a fascinating read which has been enhanced by listening to this bbc podcast
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01gvthf
I hope the link works.
This is a satire of just about everything in the 18th century world as the hero Candide moves from one disaster to another around the world thus proving that the philosophical idea that everything that happens is for a purpose is flawed.
A farcical romp and so glad ive read it.

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Lcsmcat
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I think Candide is one of the #bestmancharacter(s), obviously, since I own three English editions and one French. 😀 #MarchinBooks @maich

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Quasifesto
Candide | Voltaire
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I‘m certain I started this decades ago for one reason or another, but never finished, despite its brevity. The many allusions to other great works, and it‘s obvious influence on later satire make it a “must read.” The work shows its age, but its edge is as sharp as ever.

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andrew61
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#LitsyClassics
I know that my litsy friends in Canada, Scotland + Scandi will poo poo the drama of Brit weather but this is exciting for a Tues lunchtime at work - hence my literally cracking open my C book ( a v old 2nd hand version that seemed to fall apart as soon as i opened it) over my sandwich. I did think this might be a dry read given it was written in 1759 but so far pretty funny.
The view is from my window of Oldham police station.

emilyhaldi I love the drama of British weather! 😆 so fun ❄️❄️❄️ 1y
RachelO Wow! You have actual weather! We're expecting some on Thursday. ☃️💨❄️ 1y
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TheAnitaAlvarez
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Pickpick

Candide feels at times like an 18th century version of Monty Python. It‘s satire is ridiculous and over-the-top and it‘s hard not not laugh even a few times because of its absurdity. Voltaire made fun of current philosophical and intelectual thought, and it‘s pretty clear throughout the novel that he did not even respect these schools of thought. There‘s also criticism of colonialism and slavery through satire.
#RoryGilmoresReadingChallenge

SandyW I read this in high school, and don't remember getting anything out of it. I may have to revisit that 8th grade English curriculum! 2y
TheAnitaAlvarez @SandyW 8th grade? That seems a bit young. Though in my school they made us read The Iliad and The Odyssey in first year of high school, which isn‘t much older 😂 2y
SandyW It may have been 9th grade, regardless, way too young! 2y
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ScorpioBookDreams
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@DeborahSmall bought me this gorgeous edition of Candide when she was in Glasgow. It even has deckle edges! 😍😍😍

JanuarieTimewalker13 Wow!!! That is gorgeous!!! I read this like 3 decades ago (more), time for a re-read!!! 2y
ScorpioBookDreams @JanuarieTimewalker13 I read it a few years ago for my degree but it‘s definitely due a reread! 2y
TrishB Lovely ❤️ 2y
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Kalalalatja It looks like my edition of this 👏👏 2y
Christine11 Lovely! 2y
LeahBergen She‘s a keeper that @DeborahSmall ! 😆 2y
DeborahSmall @LeahBergen you crack me up 😆 got my fellow Scot some great gifts too but more to add before posting 😘 2y
LeahBergen @DeborahSmall 😬😬😬👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 So excited! 😂 2y
ScorpioBookDreams @Kalalalatja I‘m worried it‘s the start of a new collection! 2y
ScorpioBookDreams @TrishB she‘s the best! 2y
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parasolofdoom
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I was sick for s couple days so now I'm catching up on my #SerialReader app the issues I missed. Download it if you haven't yet, it's a great way to motivate yourself to read some classics you might have passed over!

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parasolofdoom
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9 issues in on the Serial Reader app. Literally completely indifferent in how I feel about this so far. Super over the top circumstances in this satire, it's like the classic lit version of broad humor parody movies.

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parasolofdoom
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Found my physical copy of Candide, a quick scan shows me that it's a different translation than Serial Reader but I can probably switch between without much confusion. This Pearson translation is the smoother of the two.

Libby1 I was considering when I should start this one on Serial Reader. I‘m currently working on A Vindication of the Rights of Women and Alice‘s Adventures in Wonderland so maybe I‘ll wait until I finish one of these. 2y
parasolofdoom @Libby1 it's a goal this year to always have something going on Serial Reader. Even if I also have a physical copy, the daily issues will push me to keep up with classics again! 2y
Libby1 I‘m doing the same thing, @parasolofdoom ! 2y
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parasolofdoom
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One of my READolutions was to get back to classics with the #serialreader app. Used to read a lot of classics but really decelerated to just a handful since I had my first baby three years ago.

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Sarah83
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Brie
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BarbaraBB Beautiful 💕 2y
RealBooks4ever Nice quote! 💜 2y
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JillPill
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Sweet! I love white chocolate and milk chocolate
Homemade food! My mom's homemade pizza is my favorite
Either is fine, it's hard to find things with my name on them
Very hot. I live in the tropical Florida Keys
Love me some interesting bookmarks
I don't like nuts or minty things

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JillPill
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I'm not much on the "classics" per say but this is actually very entertaining so far!

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RealLifeReading
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#30DaysofReadathon #rainbow #spines - combining 2 days in 1 post because a #bookrainbow is too much fun to miss out on!

vivastory Do you own the entire Penguin drop caps set? 2y
RealLifeReading @vivastory unfortunately not! Just five of them I randomly found on Book Outlet! 2y
emilyhaldi So pretty!! I saw those on bookoutlet too but took too long to place my order and missed out 😟 2y
SilversReviews Wow...gorgeous. Love the colors. 2y
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Aseleener
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Panpan

So being bored is worse than having your butt cut off? What did I just read?!

I read this for my classic lit book club. 16 issues on @SerialReader . It's a pretty odd story where everyone "dies" but then miraculously shows up again later. Strange.

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jdtchicago
Candide | Voltaire

Our labour preserves us from three great evils -- weariness, vice, and want.

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MiyakoBunny
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Mehso-so

I found the book a bit tiresome. It reminded me of a parody about someone's bitter life and all its twists and turns, and in the end it was just okay.

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MiyakoBunny
Candide | Voltaire
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Currently reminding me of an ancient comedic script 🤔😝

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MiyakoBunny
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😍B&N Had a Sale...couldn't resist getting these gems 💎 for my Classics Addiction even if I have collections w/some already meh🤔😄🙃📚

DebbieGrillo Welcome to litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
MiyakoBunny @DebbieGrillo Thank you 😃 2y
kricheal Welcome to litsy! 2y
MiyakoBunny @kricheal Thank you 😊 2y
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