+612 9045 4394
Candide or Optimism : Penguin Classics - Voltaire

Candide or Optimism

Penguin Classics

By: Voltaire, John Butt (Translator)

Paperback Published: 1st May 1990
ISBN: 9780140440041
Number Of Pages: 144
For Ages: 18+ years old

Share This Book:


RRP $26.00
Ships in 7 to 10 business days

With its vibrant new translation, perceptive introduction, and witty packaging, this new edition of Voltaire's masterpiece belongs in the hands of every reader pondering our assumptions about human behavior and our place in the world. Candide tells of the hilarious adventures of the na‹ve Candide, who doggedly believes that "all is for the best" even when faced with injustice, suffering, and despair. Controversial and entertaining, Candide is a book that is vitally relevant today in our world pervaded by-as Candide would say-"the mania for insisting that all is well when all is by no means well."

  • A Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition with French flaps and rough front
  • Completely new translation and introduction
  • Amazing cover art from one of the most beloved modern comic artists

@MoYoLawn Ever wonder how we get across the world so quickly in this book? Continental flies six times daily from Eldorado to Paris.

From Twitterature: The World's Greatest Books in Twenty Tweets or Less

Industry Reviews

Winner of the 2012 Fifty Books/Fifty Covers show, organized by Design Observer in association with AIGA and Designers & Books Winner of the 2014 Type Directors Club Communication Design Award

Praise for Penguin Drop Caps:

"[Penguin Drop Caps] convey a sense of nostalgia for the tactility and aesthetic power of a physical book and for a centuries-old tradition of beautiful lettering." --Fast Company

"Vibrant, minimalist new typographic covers.... Bonus points for the heartening gender balance of the initial selections." --Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

"The Penguin Drop Caps series is a great example of the power of design. Why buy these particular classics when there are less expensive, even free editions of Great Expectations? Because they're beautiful objects. Paul Buckley and Jessica Hische's fresh approach to the literary classics reduces the design down to typography and color. Each cover is foil-stamped with a cleverly illustrated letterform that reveals an element of the story. Jane Austen's A (Pride and Prejudice) is formed by opulent peacock feathers and Charlotte Bronte's B (Jane Eyre) is surrounded by flames. The complete set forms a rainbow spectrum prettier than anything else on your bookshelf." --Rex Bonomelli, The New York Times

"Drool-inducing." --Flavorwire

"Classic reads in stunning covers--your book club will be dying." --Redbook

Introductionp. 7
Candide or Optimism
How Candide was brought up in a beautiful country house, and how he was driven awayp. 19
What happened to Candide amongst the Bulgarsp. 22
How Candide escaped from the Bulgars, and what happened to him afterwardsp. 25
How Candide met his old tutor, Dr. Pangloss, and what came of itp. 28
Describing tempest, shipwreck, and earthquake, and what happened to Dr. Pangloss, Candide, and James, the Anabaptistp. 32
How a magnificent auto-da-fe was staged to prevent further earthquakes, and how Candide was floggedp. 36
How an old woman took care of Candide, and how he found the lady he lovedp. 37
Cunegonde's storyp. 40
Relating further adventures of Cunegonde, Candide, the Grand Inquisitor, and the Jewp. 44
Describing the distressing circumstances in which Candide, Cunegonde, and the old woman reached Cadiz, and how they set sail for the new worldp. 46
The old woman's storyp. 49
The old woman's misfortunes continuedp. 53
How Candide was forced to leave the lovely Cunegonde and the old womanp. 58
The reception Candide and Cacambo met with from the Jesuits of Paraguayp. 61
How Candide killed the brother of his beloved Cunegondep. 65
The adventures of our two travellers with two girls and two monkeys, and what happened to them amongst the savage Oreillonsp. 68
How Candide and his servant reached the country of Eldorado and what they saw therep. 73
What they saw in the country of Eldoradop. 77
What happened to them at Surinam, and how Candide made the acquaintance of Martinp. 84
What happened to Candide and Martin at seap. 91
What Candide and Martin discussed as they approached the coast of Francep. 94
What happened to Candide and Martin in Francep. 96
Candide and Martin reach the coast of England, and what they see therep. 110
About Pacquette and Brother Girofleep. 112
A visit to Count Pococurante, a noble Venetianp. 118
How Candide and Martin supped with six strangers, and who they werep. 124
Candide's journey to Constantinoplep. 128
What happened to Candide, Cunegonde, Pangloss, Martin, and the restp. 133
How Candide found Cunegonde and the old woman once morep. 137
Conclusionp. 138
Table of Contents provided by Syndetics. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780140440041
ISBN-10: 0140440046
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st May 1990
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.56 x 12.7  x 1.02
Weight (kg): 0.11

This product is categorised by