Candide is sarcastically written book, that details the life of an optimistic young man, and his travels around the world. The book aims to show how foolish it is to believe completely in the world as an ideal place, and shows some of the horrors of slavery, religious hypocrisy, human greed and betrayal.
Considered by many to be part of the Western Canon, Candide is probably Voltaire’s most acclaimed and famous piece of work. It deals with many of the philosophical thoughts of the time, whilst taking you on this grand journey of enlightenment. You almost feel you grow in parallel to Candide as he comes to his grim realisations.
The book is quite a quick read, and the plot moves very fast from location to location, you almost don’t have time to breathe as the book moves from continent to continent and all the adventures in between.
There are quite a few plot twists, that almost seem comical in the way that it tortures the main character. The book essentially revolves around Candide and his acquaintances who join and re-join on his journey.
I really did enjoy reading Candide, it’s a book that doesn’t take itself too seriously and does well in putting forth the author’s ideas without explicitly writing them. So this book comes with a high recommendation from me.