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PostSubject: Candide by Voltaire   Sun May 16, 2010 1:29 am

My friend said she was reading this book and it made her really think, and having studied Voltaire before, I thought I would give it a shot. (I adore satirical wit) I read in Wikipedia (probably not the most reliable source of information) that although Candide has been praised and loved by many, it is not considered a classic. Is this true? Is it a classic or not? If not, why is that so?
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PostSubject: Re: Candide by Voltaire   Mon May 17, 2010 9:40 am

Hm. "Candide" has been around for several more than 250 years, and it is still re-published, read and enjoyed by people. In my eyes, that makes it a classic... doesn't it? I mean, if not that, then what?

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PostSubject: Re: Candide by Voltaire   Tue May 18, 2010 12:54 am

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Candide is not necessarily considered a true "classic". According to Bottiglia, "The physical size of Candide, as well as Voltaire's attitude toward his fiction, precludes the achievement of artistic dimension through plenitude, autonomous '3D' vitality, emotional resonance, or poetic exaltation. Candide, then, cannot in quantity of quality, measure up to the supreme classics." Bottiglia instead calls it a miniature classic, though others are more forgiving of its size.

Do books have to have a certain amount of pages to be deemed a classic? Candide isn't as thick as Gone With the Wind or Les Miserables. (Probably ten times smaller Laughing)
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PostSubject: Re: Candide by Voltaire   Tue May 18, 2010 2:55 pm

I agree 100% with Laura. I have not read "Candide", but it seems to me that any work of literature that is sought after and read 200 or more years after its initial publication must strike a universal common chord with readers, no matter their generation. That, to me, makes it a "classic".

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PostSubject: Re: Candide by Voltaire   Tue May 18, 2010 11:52 pm

Thanks for the replies, guys. ( :
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PostSubject: Re: Candide by Voltaire   Sun Jun 20, 2010 2:38 pm

I've recently discovered a copy of "Candide" as part of a monster anthology I have titled "Literature of the Western World, Volume II: Neoclassicism Through the Modern Period". I am going to have to give this a shot when I am able.

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PostSubject: Re: Candide by Voltaire   Sun Jun 20, 2010 3:10 pm

That's nice to see a French author on the LC. I think Candide has been studied at school by everyone in France. I was around 14 when I read it and I really liked it. The whole story is completly crazy with a lot of irony. Voltaire parodizes Leibniz (a german philosopher) with the sentence "all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds" (I think that's Panurge's sentence). During my studies at the university I realized that Voltaire didn't get properly Leibniz theory but anyway he is making fun of all the (religious) discourses which do not question the world.
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