Did you like Candide?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Reply to #3  What a riot!  I am on board with you.  :)  It's been years since I read this book, but I know that things could've turned out much worse for Candide than ending up living the rest of his years peacefully on a small farm with friends who each take on a task to ensure the smooth operation of running the farm.  Intriguing.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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That's odd. I read Candide many years ago for a college French class--in French, mind you. I don't remember it as being particularly negative. It is a parody of the simple-minded "God's in his heaven, so all's right with the world" philosophy.

You don't think ship wrecks and human sacrifice are thrilling????

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jeff-hauge | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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I feel much the same when I read some posts.

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william08 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

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It's a very unrealistic novel, and really brings out true human nature in it's most uncivilized ways!!!!

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lji3lji3 | eNotes Newbie

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That's odd. I read Candide many years ago for a college French class--in French, mind you. I don't remember it as being particularly negative. It is a parody of the simple-minded "God's in his heaven, so all's right with the world" philosophy.

You don't think ship wrecks and human sacrifice are thrilling????

I do not know how you can say that the book is not a negative.  Voltaire makes fun of everything, and spares nothing.  The content is constantly about the most violent and gruesome events imaginable--auto de fey, quartering, spitting out of teeth with each and every breath.  The book holds out hope that things can change, but gives such a pummeling to his society that shows his deep, righteous rage.  His deep negativity towards almost everything holds out a hope for so much renewal. 

 I do think the book is hilarious, but I would not say that either a "ship wreck" or "human sacrifice" is "thrilling".  I have not experienced either so cannot say, but I dare say that either event would scar people for life, much as the old woman is.  Preserve us all from such!  Have you experienced horrors such as a ship wreck or human sacrifice?   

That said, I find the book most thrilling in its wild adventure. 

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lji3lji3 | eNotes Newbie

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That's odd. I read Candide many years ago for a college French class--in French, mind you. I don't remember it as being particularly negative. It is a parody of the simple-minded "God's in his heaven, so all's right with the world" philosophy.

You don't think ship wrecks and human sacrifice are thrilling????

I do not know how you can say that the book is not a negative.  Voltaire makes fun of everything, and spares nothing.  The content is constantly about the most violent and gruesome events imaginable--auto de fey, quartering, spitting out of teeth with each and every breath.  The book holds out hope that things can change, but gives such a pummeling to his society that shows his deep, righteous rage.  His deep negativity towards almost everything holds out a hope for so much renewal. 

 I do think the book is hilarious, but I would not say that either a "ship wreck" or "human sacrifice" is "thrilling".  I have not experienced either so cannot say, but I dare say that either event would scar people for life, much as the old woman is.  Preserve us all from such!  Have you experienced horrors such as a ship wreck or human sacrifice?   

That said, I find the book most thrilling in its wild adventure. 

 

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sungw | (Level 1) eNoter

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I feel much the same when I read some posts.

Yes, very nice. You need to take a chill pill man.

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akusic | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

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I haven't finished reading the book but so far, i really don't like the book. It's just not the type of book I would normally read in my spare time and I think that the book is very negative.

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zlatan-gio-scuri | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 3) eNoter

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That's odd. I read Candide many years ago for a college French class--in French, mind you. I don't remember it as being particularly negative. It is a parody of the simple-minded "God's in his heaven, so all's right with the world" philosophy.

You don't think ship wrecks and human sacrifice are thrilling????

WHAT?!?!?!?! how did you read Candide? Without doubt it is a very negative book. Look at all the negative things that happen to Candide and Pangloss. They have the worst experiences of life: a lot of tortures, shipwrecks, auto de fe's etc. 

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eddy-mo-ceci-puzza | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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I think this book sucks because is too satiric and in some part so much it  is barely easy to understand. I also think that some characters are unnecessary like pangloss ethat has a way of thinking too positive and in realistc.

 

 

 

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ivonne-marin | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

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In my opinion i didnt like it not because it is not a good book but because its just not the style i like.. and people say its a funny book but i dont think it is...

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maiolaa | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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Well you can't give your point of view right now since we aren't finished. I think that it's a good book, it's easy reading but in the same time it has a lot of details. You can reflect on the text, because often, in this book, you can read behind the sentences. In other words Voltaire's way of writing gives the sentences more meanings  that what you can think at first impact. I can say that it's a good book but it's not my style.

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juli0o0 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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As Zlatan-gio posted (but changed a little bit): I have not finished reading the book, therefore....... i can give an answer, i disliked the book!!!!!

i found the book boring, all the story about him passing these non sence things, people coming back to life after they were killed!!!! some times a nice book is when a main charecter dies, and the second character keeps reminding the reader of what had happend!!!!! 

Everyperson has a different way of reading and understanding a book!!!

i prefered "The catcher in the rye", because the language was more, hmh...... "teen" i guess i can say!!!!! 

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zlatan-gio-scuri | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 3) eNoter

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I have not finished reading the book, therefore I cannot give a final assesment of the book. Up to now (chapter 25) I think that it is a good book, which has to be read in depth to understand the real meaning, the satire and also the jokes Voltaire makes throughout the book. I think that it is a very important book, since it attacked many people/institutions of Voltaire's time, leading, with other philiosophers, the Enlightenment revolution which leads to more modern history. I think that it has some thrill and adventure, which make in interensting.

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atul | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

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      i definitely did not like the book. For me when i sitdown to read a book i expect there to be a thrill, mystery and a little happyness somewhere in the book. This book is seriously rot to me. i think it was written by a deeply depressed and jobless. the book is too negative and there is too much slicing up of people and women being ravished. i would like to know what was going on through voltare's mind when he was writing this book.

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