Saadia, did your French version have historical/cultural footnotes to help you understand the context more? I found that really important to my own enjoyment...
I loved the political satire and will read it again and again.
Tracey -- If you love Candide you might consider the audio version recorded by Donal Donnelly too. Donnelly is a great narrator and really captures the story.
Is it only me who's noticed the striking similarity between this book and The Princess Bride? I read the latter first and was deeply disappointed at its lack of originality when I read Voltaire's masterpiece and realised that the style had been hijacked wholesale!
it was okay. i liked it though i found candide really stupid, lol. candide is written as a satire of the tyranny of people as a reflex to poverty and the harshness of the world in general (diversity and scarcity ensure that this is upheld, unfortunately), and as an irony to life.it is reality. It also establishes the view that even with this, we will just have to continue living and make the best of what we have and get by striving (and not expect the whole of the world to yield to us and our goals; life is a battle—candide, I think, presents as an opposition to one of Paulo coelho’s most famous lines: do your best and the universe will conspire for you to achieve it (not verbatim)). voltaire reiterates this view in the end part, placing candide alongside with the rest of the characters, all of them somehow diminished by what theyve been through.but this does not hold true for all--it is in suffering that we get to gain some insights to the workings of the world in general and its intricacies and by it that we slowly get to learn how to respond and deal with life—just learn how to live it!a life of working is the best there is—that’s how Voltaire put it (mocking some of those who live a good life out of detestable deeds and the decree of royalty—those born as nobilities are very lucky indeed!), well at least how I understood it anyway.
Of course Candide is really stupid, it's intentionally used by the author to show astonishment on the situations encountered by Candide.
And by the way Candide means "naive" or "ingenuous" in French :)
I read the PENGUIN CLASSICS deluxe edition,with an introduction by Michael Wood, the intro. is very informative,entertaining, dense and very simple. I recommend it.
and also a note on names,and many more informative notes.
it was a little bit confusing sometimes ( old names of cities , some historical events that i didnt know before) , but i loved reading it..it is a must read book.