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I join the thousands - millions? - who adore this book. hilarious, skillful and downright stunning, this gripper of a tale mocks the Enlightenment with such wit one cannot put this down!!!!!!
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Would you consider the audio edition of Candide to be better than the print version?
The audio edition brings clarity to the multiplicity of characters and the performance animates each one in a memorable way. To me, this makes the audio version compelling in a much different way from the book.
Who was your favorite character and why?
All of the characters are compelling. The pastiche created by the entirety is what makes the work great.
Have you listened to any of Andrew Sachs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have not listened to any other Andrew Sachs performances but plan to.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The book is hilarious and, as a result, horrifying because of the compelling and biting satire ensconced within the clever and brilliant writing.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
What a strange book. I would think it was a children's book if it weren't so gruesome in parts. Romps through at a rapid pace the trek throughout the world of a silly naive man and his philosophical friends. Basically telling you, don't think too much, just work hard and enjoy life. Think Voltaire would have been quicker to just read the Bible, John 16:33 "here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows, but take heart, because I have overcome the world". Also found the little ditties from Saint-Saens fossils between each chapter added the the speed of the romp, and a bit unnecessary.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful