Reading Candide is like eating a meal that's both tasteful and healthy. You feel you're absorbing a compact treasure of philosophic thought, whilst rushing through a highly enjoyable tale. I guess Voltaire must have paid close attention to Horace's adagium of combining 'utile et dulce' and I give him all my credit for it.
16 November 2007
Penguin Books, 2005
Original title Candide, ou l'optimisme, 1759
Translated by Theo Cuffe