Free PDF, epub, Kindle ebook. Candide, or, Optimism is a French satire first published in by Voltaire. It begins with a young man, Candide, who is living a. Candide. Voltaire. Translated by William F. Fleming. This web edition published by [email protected] Last updated Wednesday, December 17, at. download Candide: Read Kindle Store Reviews - musicmarkup.info
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In Candide, he takes great pains to ridicule the writings of both Milton and Alexander Pope, more specifically the latter in An Essay on Man, in which both writers attempt to "vindicate the ways of God to man". To understand this, or better, to have read these writings will further illuminate what Voltaire is attempting in Candide.
Candide is the protagonist and is a seemingly good-hearted but rather simple fellow whose mentor, Pangloss, teaches him that no matter what happens it is always for the best. As a note, pay attention to each of the main characters names as they seem to me to have a descriptive quality to them, e.
Pan, meaning "all" and gloss from the Greek glossa, meaning tongue, to get a name that roughly means "all talk". The story begins with Candide and his love interest being suddenly separated and the events of his life from there. What follows in the story is a series of horrible events mixed with some virtuous ones that Pangloss continuously explains to Candide that whatever happens is for the best.
Even if you have no philosophical interest, the book is both funny and sad, entertaining yet thought provoking with a couple of memorable passages.
I consider it a pretty good read and, as a bonus, a quick one. Due to difficulties in posting this review, until it is completely updated the full text of the review, with links, can be found in the comments section directly below.
I apologize for this but have been having an unusually difficult time in getting this review to post. This note will be removed once the review is finalized and posted in final form. This review will address the newly issued Kindle edition of Candide that has been released by Open Road Media as well as give an overview of editions of Candide available for the Kindle and available on site.
Many Kindle versions of well-known classic books are available. For books available in the public domain, as is the case for Candide, oftentimes these Kindle versions are available for free or for very low price. Some of these Kindle editions are of low quality and have various issues that make them less desirable for those who like to read classics on their Kindles. When I am looking for a classic book to download for my Kindle, it is usually a minor research project to determine which one I think will be the 'best' for my reading, and sometimes I end up downloading more than one version in order to get one that is well presented and formatted for the Kindle.
This is a relatively short book, normally about pages in printed form, and not a difficult read. This Kindle edition is well produced, the publishers website claims that it has been professionally proofread, and I have detected no errors myself such as often appear in Kindle books which have been scanned and published without careful check. This Open Road Media version of Candide appears to be the most common version offered on Kindle and uses the translation by Philip Little see note below which was originally published by Modern Library in and is public domain and readily available online see for example Project Gutenberg link below.
It includes the following: The two versions are otherwise identical as far as I can tell, and the Gutenberg Library version indicates where edits have been made in order to correct typos, and those corrections have all also been included in this Open Road Media version. I note that this Kindle edition does not indicate which translation is used, nor does the Open Road media website provide that information, however it does show Philip Littell as the author of the introduction and several references I've found also indicate Littell is the translator.
However, the NY Public Library article on Candide see link in comments below refers to this as an anonymous translation, saying "NYPL is using the most widely available e-text of the book, from the anonymous translation published by the Modern Library in , available on Project Gutenberg".
Candide has been well reviewed on site and is available in many different editions, both for the Kindle and in print. The listings on site with the greatest number of reviews are listed below.
I would refer to these listings and the accompanying reviews for discussion of the book itself, which is generally regarded as a major classic and which has been included on many lists of 'best' or 'most influential classic novels: It has been translated into English numerous times.
I am not going to attempt to judge which of the various translations might be preferable for one reason or another. I do list some of the translations currently available below, for those interested. Generally they can be sampled using site's 'Look Inside" feature to get an idea of the quality of the translation, and in some cases the customer reviews here on site will also address the quality of the translation. I do not know that there are huge differences in the various translations but I'll include in the notes below any comments I do run across that might indicate a preference for any of the translations some works, War and Peace for example, have strong points of view from different scholars regarding which translation is more true to the original writing.
The Baron's son seemed to be in every respect worthy of his father. The Preceptor Pangloss was the oracle of the family, and little Candide heard his lessons with all the good faith of his age and character. Pangloss was professor of metaphysico—theologico—cosmolo—nigology.
He proved admirably that there is no effect without a cause, and that, in this best of all possible worlds, the Baron's castle was the most magnificent of castles, and his lady the best of all possible Baronesses. Observe, that the nose has been formed to bear spectacles—thus we have spectacles. Legs are visibly designed for stockings—and we have stockings. Stones were made to be hewn, and to construct castles—therefore my lord has a magnificent castle; for the greatest baron in the province ought to be the best lodged.
Pigs were made to be eaten—therefore we eat pork all the year round. His attack, stealthier, more flexible and more patient than Voltaire's, would call upon us, especially when his learning got a little out of control, to be more than patient. Now and then he would bore us. Voltaire's men and women point his case against optimism by starting high and falling low. A modern could not go about it after this fashion. He would not plunge his people into an unfamiliar misery.
He would just keep them in the misery they were born to. But such an account of Voltaire's procedure is as misleading as the plaster cast of a dance.
Look at his procedure again.