Candide and Other Stories (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Sep 20, 1990 - Fiction - 352 pages
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Candide is the most famous of Voltaire's 'philosophical tales', in which he combined witty improbabilities with the sanest of good sense. This edition includes four other prose tales - Micromegas, Zadig, The Ing--ecirc--;nu, and The White Bull - and a verse tale based on Chaucer's The Wife of Bath's Tale,: What Pleases the Ladies. - ;'If this is the best of all possible worlds, then what must the others be like?' Young Candide is tossed on a hilarious tide of misfortune, experiencing the full horror and injustice of this 'best of all possible worlds' - the Old and the New - before finally accepting that his old philosophy tutor Dr Pangloss has got it all wrong. There are no grounds for his daft theory of Optimism. Yet life goes on. We must cultivate our garden, for there is certainly room for improvement. Candide is the most famous of Voltaire's 'philosophical tales', in which he combined witty improbabilities with the sanest of good sense. First published in 1759, it was an instant bestseller and has come to be regarded as one of the key texts of the Enlightenment. What Candide does for chivalric romance, the other tales in this selection - Micromegas, Zadig, The Ingenu, and The White Bull - do for science fiction, the Oriental tale, the sentimental novel, and the Old Testament. This new edition also includes a verse tale based on Chaucer's The Wife of Bath's Tale, in which we discover that most elusive of secrets: What Pleases the Ladies. -
  

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Review: Candide and Other Stories (World's Classics)

User Review  - Baran - Goodreads

Voltaire's Candid is brilliantly lucid both in prose and reasoning. Real events, reminiscent of our slightly darker nature and concatenated one after the other in what may look like an endless stream ... Read full review

Review: Candide and Other Stories (World's Classics)

User Review  - Stitches Not Glue - Goodreads

I love Candide and The White Bull is a treat, those two alone would grant a 5, Micromegas is amusing but wouldn't be something I'd give more than a quick glance had it not been included. Actually Micromegas was being read aloud to me and I fell asleep :-D Read full review

Contents

Introduction
vii
Translators Note and Acknowledgements
xliv
Select Bibliography
xlv
A Chronology of Voltaire
xlviii
CANDIDE
3
MICROMEGAS
89
ZADIG
107
WHAT PLEASES THE LADIES
178
THE INGENU
190
THE WHITE BULL
254
Explanatory Notes
287
Copyright

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