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Candide (AmazonClassics Edition)

By: Voltaire
Narrated by: James Langton
Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
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Candide, the illegitimate nephew of a German baron and student of eternal optimist Pangloss, is living a simple and sheltered life in "the best of all possible worlds."

But when Candide falls in love with the wrong woman, his uncle's young daughter, he is exiled from the baron's castle and suffers great tragedy and catastrophe, which leaves him disillusioned and questioning the goodness of the universe.

Penned in just three days - and published in secret because of its blasphemous and seditious nature - Voltaire's legendary satire deftly skewers religious, romantic, and political naïveté with an acerbic and ribald wit that delights to this day.

Revised edition: Previously published as Candide, this edition of Candide (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Public Domain (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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I never saw or expected anything close to this.

I went into this book, waiting to be done with it. But as went along, finishing it in one go, I realized what amazing piece Voltaire have created.
He created such a simple story, at times ridiculous, but also delivered such a noble message through it.
A new book in my top 5 books

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A classic!

A long, long tortuous tale but nicely told and one that I consider to be An Essential.

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