Running and Laughing: 'Candide', God, and the Meaning of Life ...
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Running and Laughing: Candide, God, and the Meaning of Life. In this week's blog, Stephen Carver looks at Voltaire's satirical novel, first published in 1759.Read the blog here
ABOUT THE BOOK: Candide (1759) is a bright, colourful literary firework display of a novella. With sparkling wit and biting humour, Voltaire hits several targets with fierce and comic satire: organised religion, the overweening pride of aristocrats, merchants' greed, colonial ambition and the hopeless complacency of Leibnizian philosophy that believes 'all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds'. Through this rites of passage story, with his central character, Candide, a naïve and impressionable young man, Voltaire attacks the social ills of his day, which remarkably remain as pertinent now as ever.