Genre: Satire; Philosophy
My Rating: 3.5/5
What the book is about:
Um…this guy, Candide, is simultaneously the luckiest and unluckiest optimist ever. The book follows him around the world, giving us a look at history and philosophy. While being satirically absurd.
How was that?
Why Ben made me read this:
Ben: Before there was Jon Stewart, there was Voltaire. Okay, so maybe I skipped a few generations, but you get the idea. The biting masterpiece of satire has become the center of a unit that includes Jonathan Swift, The Onion, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, and the Simpsons. Though written over 350 years ago, it’s still extremely accessible and not to mention hysterically funny. Pangloss, Cunegonde, Cacambo, El Dorado, the endless mocking of philosophical thinking, that enigmatic final line, and the constant stream of ridiculous coincidences make this a cornerstone of an entire genre.
What I thought about it:
I didn’t find it as hilarious as Ben made it out to be, but it was certainly entertaining. Misfortune after misfortune, Candide continues to think highly of the world. It’s ridiculousness piled on ridiculousness.
I’m not sure exactly what I was supposed to get out of Candide. But I think it’s worth the quick read.
What’s next from Ben?