Review: Candide by Voltaire

I had to read this for my AP European History class, and then wrote a paper on it.


Cover: Boring

Rating: PG-13 (Violence)

Thumbs Up: 4

Overall: Great

Characters: Great

Plot: Interesting

Page Turner: Yes

Series Cont: No

Recommend: Yes

Book Girlfriend: Cunegonde


My Review for Candide:

I give Candide 4 stars. This book is a satire on optimism. Voltaire made this book really funny in a witty kind of way and the humor made the book more enjoyable and easier to finish. Voltaire uses historical events and fictional events that he uses to get his point across that optimism is basically ignorance to what is really happening in the real world. The main character is named Candide and he is in love with Cunegonde, the daughter of the nobleman’s house he is living in. Unfortunately, Candide gets thrown out of the manor or castle and forced to figure things out on his own. Will he be reunited with Pangloss, his mentor and good philosophical friend? Will he be able to find Cunegonde and live happily ever after with her? Will he start being more realistic and stop being so naive?


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