Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Candide - an irrepressible optimist

If you would like to read an example, par excellence, of literary irony and parody try Candide by Voltaire, a delicious, fast-moving romp across 18th century Europe and South America.

First published secretly in 1759, the novella  was widely banned because it contained religious blasphemy, political sedition and intellectual hostility hidden under a thin veil of naïveté.

It’s still part of the curriculum in some universities and is said to be taught more often than any other work of French literature.

I find it an absolute delight to read and re-read  the adventures of Voltaire’s irrepressible optimist, Candide.

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