[Epub] ↠ Candide and Zadig Author Voltaire – Thomashillier.co.uk

Candide and Zadig Two Of The Most Brilliant Satires Ever Written Candide Zadig Are Also Superb Tales Of Adventure And Action Written In A Clean, Hard Prose, They Magically Transport The Reader To The Four Corners Of Europe, To The New World And To The Levant Candide And Zadi Are Innocent Young Men Who Set Out To Test The Lessons Of The Classroom In The Outside World The Misfortunes That Befall These Youths Whether Involving Near Strangulation In Bablyon, An Earthquake In Lisbon Or The Wiles Of Swindlers In France Make For Fascinatin, Delightful Reading.But They Also Provide Voltaire The Opportunity To Punctrue The Faibles Of Men, Women, Customs And Institutions With The Dazzling Rapier Thrusts Of His Imcomparable Irony And They Constitute A Scathing Indictment Of The Shallow Optimism That Characterized Voltaire S Era.

10 thoughts on “Candide and Zadig

  1. says:

    I read this in my teens And from what I remember I liked it But I haven t given it a star rating Maybe it s time for a re read.

  2. says:

    Two short stories from Voltaire.Candide 4 5 This is very reminiscent of The Alchemist, but less shallow I really enjoyed it This is somewhat of a satire of the optimistic coming of age stories at the time and Voltaire has enough bite and cleverness to keep this engaging If movie executives wanted to be clever and subversive, they could do a modern retelling The lessons were often reflective of deeper and complex themes in human nature and actually is somewhat progressive in parts Zadig 2 5 This is apparently a reflection of the political climate that Voltaire was experiencing at the time, and I suppose that s the downfall of the thing because I am not familiar with 18th century French politics at least not quite that early in it It s just a bit basic.

  3. says:

    The two stories contained in this paperback are very similar Both are satires and romances of some sort, each focusing on a main character, one who gets through life on his wits, the other gets through life on his luck of stumbling on a land of riches Both travel the world in hopes of being reacquainted with the women that they have fallen in love with.Candide is a written to kind of laugh at the philosophy of optimism , which, the editor notes, was very common philosophical lean during the time.

  4. says:

    Never having read any Voltaire, I have to say that I was hoping for from these two stories I expected philosophical insight coupled with wit, but instead I found thinly veiled parables which dragged interminably on through frustrating repetition and good events inevitably followed by their undoing Candide and Zadig were similar tales which reached opposite conclusions, I suppose due to the different merits of each protagonist The so called morals of each story were wholly simplistic, ridiculous and not worthy of an Enlightenment writer.

  5. says:

    Candide was a bit disappointing however, Zadig was a good read.

  6. says:

    Curiously interesting.

  7. says:

    Some fairly amusing short novellas.

  8. says:

    Candide was a reread I had fun rediscovering the many quips satiric witticisms, can appreciate the ridiculousness of extreme Optimism even now than when I was a teenager I really enjoyed the parables in Zadig, vastly preferred the characters, but it didn t have the sharp bite of Candide, wasn t fully satisfied with the concluding philosophy Great read overall.

  9. says:

    I read Candide about a month or so ago and loved it, so I decided to check out the story of Zadig This story definitely has a similar feel to it as Candide, but it leans ever so slightly toward the feel good side of the scale.

  10. says:

    Yikes Both of thee stories are about virtuous optimists who endure the bleakest of life s vicissitudes at every turn, and so it seems do most all the characters they encounter Challenging the ideas that men live by, they succeed as philosophical satires.

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