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Candide

Voltaire

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Candide, ou l’Optimisme, (“Candide, or Optimism”) (1759) is a picaresque novel by the Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire. Voltaire never openly admitted to having written the controversial Candide; the work is signed with a pseudonym: “Monsieur le docteur Ralph”, literally “Mister Doctor Ralph.”Sardonic in outlook, it follows the naïve protagonist Candide from his first exposure to the precept that “all is for the best in this, the best of all possible worlds,” and on through a series of adventures that dramatically disprove that precept even as the protagonist clings to it.The novel satirizes naïve interpretations of the philosophy of Gottfried Leibniz and is a showcase of the horrors of the 18th century world. In Candide, Leibniz is represented by the philosopher Pangloss, the tutor of the title character. Despite a series of misfortunes and misadventures, which include being present at the Lisbon Earthquake, Pangloss continually asserts that “Tout est pour le mieux dans le meilleur des mondes possibles” (“All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds”). The novel ends with Candide finally rejecting the optimism espoused by Pangloss, saying, “Il faut cultiver notre jardin” (“It is necessary to cultivate our garden”). Summary from Wikipedia

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

3h 59m


Chapters

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01:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:50


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:11


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:35


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:58


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:42


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:36


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

02:41


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:02


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:46


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:52


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:36


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:03


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:24


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:18


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:20


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:15


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

12:33


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

11:15


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

17:50


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

11:30


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:49


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:01


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

22:24


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:19


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

10:28


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

11:50


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:14


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:10


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:01


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:03


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

10:34