Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Candide - Voltaire

How is it possible that I have never read this book before now? Strangely, I saw a stage production of a musical version of this book when I was a young adult but remember very little of it, so it didn't amount to any kind of spoiler(s) while reading. I really liked the satiric tone and the jabs Voltaire took at prominent entities of his day, and the descriptions of horrific events are done in such a way as not to be too awful... although they're not exactly wonderful. The overall tone saves the day. I'd love to discuss this in a college-level class or a good book club, I suspect it could spark some spirited debate. I will have to read more by Voltaire as soon as I get some room in the TBR pile. Highly recommended.

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