From the Book Back
On the surface a witty, bantering tale of adventure (or misadventure), CANDIDE is actually a savage, satiric thrust at the philosophical optimism which proclaims that nation-wide disasters and individual suffering are both just part of a cosmic plan which is essentially good. Voltaire was not prepared to excuse the world’s evil quite so easily, nor would he encourage man to accept evil as fate without trying to prevent it or fight it. CANDIDE is the story of a man who, though pummeled and slapped in every direction by fate, tries desperately to cling to his optimism.
It is the greatest work of the great French writer and thinker.
Candide by Voltaire. Translated into English by Lowell Bair, with an appreciation by Andre Maurois and illustrations by Sheilah Beckett. From the 22nd printing by Bantam Books in July 1979. This paperback book measures 7″ x 4-1/8″ and has 122 pages.
See photos above. The covers show lighter handling/storage and paper pull where previous owner removed a price sticker. The spine has not been opened/creased. The pages are toning naturally from age but are otherwise in very good condition. No names or markings noted. From clean, smoke-free home.
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