by François Voltaire, translated by Theo Cuffe - £5.99 Penguin Books Ltd (Penguin Classics) (2006)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780140455106 | ISBN 10: 0140455108
Brought up in the household of a powerful Baron, Candide is an open-minded young man, whose tutor, Pangloss, has instilled in him the belief that 'all is for the best'.
But when his love for the Baron's rosy-cheeked daughter is discovered, Candide is cast out to make his own way in the world. And so he and his various companions begin a breathless tour of Europe, South America and Asia, as an outrageous series of disasters befall them - earthquakes, syphilis, a brush with the Inquisition, murder - sorely testing the young hero's optimism.
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