Candide and Other Stories

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Oxford University Press, 1998 - Fiction - 329 pages
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`If this is the best of all possible worlds, then what must the others be like?' Candide, published simultaneously in five European capitals in 1759, became an instant bestseller and is now regarded by many as one of the key texts of the Enlightenment. A master story-teller, Voltaire found the philosophical tale the perfect vehicle for his preoccupations with evil, human folly, and intolerance. He combined often wildly entertaining action with profoundly serious sense, parodying thetraditional chivalric and Oriental tales with which his public was more familiar. This brilliant new translation of five of the major stories - Micromegas, Zadig, The Ingenu, and The White Bull, as well as Candide - is accompanied by a full introduction and notes which are indispensable to the modern reader.

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User Review  - JVioland - LibraryThing

I did not find "genius" when I read this book. I was disappointed. Everyone at one time praised Voltaire as being some sort of god that he tried to replace with reasoning. Maybe they favored his ... Read full review

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User Review  - stillatim - LibraryThing

I confess I didn't read all of the stories here, but the three earlier tales (Candide, Micromegas and Zadig) are all well worth while. Zadig in particular is the kind of thing I dislike- Arabian ... Read full review

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Roger Pearson, Fellow and Praelector in French, The Queen's College, Oxford.

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