Candide (By Voltaire) (Book Review)

Candide (By Voltaire) (Book Review)

► Candide (By Voltaire) (Book Review) ◄

It’s been a while since I haven’t done a book review and this is why I decided to bring the book reviews system back.

Today I’m going to review “Candide” by Voltaire.

Here is the book description, extracted from Amazon:
“Candide is a French satire first published in 1759 by Voltaire, a philosopher of the Age of Enlightenment. The novella has been widely translated, with English versions titled Candide: or, All for the Best (1759); Candide: or, The Optimist (1762); and Candide: or, Optimism (1947). It begins with a young man, Candide, who is living a sheltered life in an Edenic paradise and being indoctrinated with Leibnizian optimism (or simply “optimism”) by his mentor, Professor Pangloss. The work describes the abrupt cessation of this lifestyle, followed by Candide’s slow, painful disillusionment as he witnesses and experiences great hardships in the world. Voltaire concludes with Candide, if not rejecting optimism outright, advocating a deeply practical precept, “we must cultivate our garden”, in lieu of the Leibnizian mantra of Pangloss, “all is for the best” in the “best of all possible worlds”. Candide is characterised by its sarcastic tone as well as by its erratic, fantastical and fast-moving plot. A picaresque novel with a story similar to that of a more serious bildungsroman, it parodies many adventure and romance clichés, the struggles of which are caricatured in a tone that is mordantly matter-of-fact. Still, the events discussed are often based on historical happenings, such as the Seven Years’ War and the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. As philosophers of Voltaire’s day contended with the problem of evil, so too does Candide in this short novel, albeit more directly and humorously. Voltaire ridicules religion, theologians, governments, armies, philosophies, and philosophers through allegory; most conspicuously, he assaults Leibniz and his optimism. As expected by Voltaire, Candide has enjoyed both great success and great scandal. Immediately after its secretive publication, the book was widely banned because it contained religious blasphemy, political sedition and intellectual hostility hidden under a thin veil of naïveté. However, with its sharp wit and insightful portrayal of the human condition, the novel has since inspired many later authors and artists to mimic and adapt it. Today, Candide is recognized as Voltaire’s magnum opus and is often listed as part of the Western canon; it is arguably taught more than any other work of French literature. Martin Seymour-Smith has listed Candide as one of The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written.”

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hey what's up john sonmez is here so I'm actually in Hawaii right now on the Big Island my first time on the big island I'm not actually recording many videos while I'm here I figured I need to record a few but I'm kind of taking a break from it didn't really feel like recording like out in the landscape type videos today I'm actually gonna do a book review I've been reading a lot lately paper books or well you know Kindle or paper books which is good it's been uh it's been you know a different it's been good to do that again I think I prefer listen audio as much cuz I've been running trying to get fat actually been been lifting a lot and a lot but I've been trying to get some some sides back on some muscle which has been working so anyway actually read Voltaire's Candide which is one of I wanted to read something from Voltaire for a while and I finally got around to it and it was actually really really good at first I was like ah I don't know about this and an old book and Voltaire even though you know he's a really interesting guy really interesting this philosopher if you will but I finally read that and you can check it out here I guess you know there's a lot of versions of the book but it was really really intriguing just the story that was really really good like every chapter kind of made you want to read the next chapter I can put it down because so much of it was just like that's a fantastic story I could see it as a play I'm sure it's probably as a play supposed to look it up to see but I'm sure if I look it up or you guys will let me know but I'm sure there was a play because it would fit to play so well but anyway really good just you know there was a lot of like political satire in it that I didn't quite get because no wasn't around in the was it like 1670 hundred maybe but but even with that without understanding all that it still had a lot of just really good ideas and and concepts in it you know basically the main character Candide goes through and he just encounters all these misfortunes in life and he's got this kind of philosopher teacher of his Pangloss and this guy basically has this theory this philosophy that everything in life happens for the best not just the not just for the best but the best it possibly could be and he's kind of going through all these misfortunes in fact the philosopher actually gets killed like three times basically this Pangloss guy he gets hung but he survived it miraculously he gets like burned and he survived that and then he liked the eyes but you know it just makes you think about like in this guy's going through life and he's going through like all these you know ups and downs and he you know he's becomes really wealthy and rich and has everything he's ever wanted in life and he's not happy he's looking for people that are truly happy and he finds that no one is and so what it kind of comes down to is this idea that it's like it's like we talked about on this channel is it's not like what you get you know it's it's who you're becoming it's just going through and having a solid day of work and just working hard and just you know keeping yourself busy and having a purpose to pursue in life which is important so I think this is a really good message there and just a lot of things to ponder just about kind of what would happen what would you do in those scenarios and but really really well-written I'd say just you know fantastic story very very crazy the the kind of things that happened very very clever you know it's a very entertaining read definitely recommend it so that's it Voltaire Kennedy check it out alright so if you haven't subscribed already you know the drill click the subscribe button or click the bell to get notifications or actually do both of them and I'll talk to you next time take care

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  1. I really liked this book as well. Candide goes through life with all these hardships. He finds out his mentor, Pangloss, is a fool. But at the end, he finds his purpose. And that's to cultivate our garden. I like that.

  2. Yo John, do you think it's possible to experience good growth in multiple aspects of life at once? Such as your relationships, fitness, or career. I've currently been working a full time job while devoting most of my free time to trying to get to 10% body fat and below and it's been really hard to also set aside time for personal projects for my career. Are we supposed to go through phases of growth in certain aspects while at least maintaining the other parts of our life, or is it possible to grow fast in all areas of life at once?

  3. I read this book in my IB english class. It is a true masterclass. Many speculate it paved the way for the French Revolution, during a time when many independent thinkers such as Voltaire were imprisoned in the Bastille. The Panglossian philosophy represents folly optimism, and Candide's journey to Eldorado helps him realize that cooperation is the key to success in a competitive society. Great book.

  4. One question: why the hell are you selling your 800 page book for only $27 on amazon? Everyone who reads it says it's one of the best books if you're into software development or computer science. Im not complaining lol but just saying.

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