Wednesday, September 4, 2013


Voltaire's magnum opus is the novella Candide.  I first read it as part of the required reading the summer before my freshman year of high school, then went through it again a few months ago.  During my first reading, much of the satire escaped me and I viewed the book as okay. 

This time, however, I had a much better appreciation of the cutting satire found throughout the story.  The contrast of eternal optimism in the face of rampant evil is just as thought provoking today as it was in the middle of the 18th century.

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