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Candide

Authors: Voltaire
Genres: Classics, Historical Fiction
Topics: Community, European History, Friendship
Lexile: 1110,
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: FIC004000, FIC025000, FIC052000
ISBN: 9780553897999, Related ISBNs: 0394605225, 0553211668, 0553897993, 0679642587, 0679643133
Classification: Fiction
Number of pages: 128,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: 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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