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.
Candide (angol) 1 csillagozás
Eredeti megjelenés éve: 1759
Do you think that men always slaughtered one another, as they do nowadays? Were they always liars, cheats, traitors, brigands, weaklings, deceivers, cowards, enviers, gluttons, drunkards, misers, sycophants, butchers, slanderers, debauchees, fanatics, hypocrites and fools?
A great work must be novel without being far-fetched; frequently sublime, but always natural. The author must know the human heart, and how to make it speak; he must be a poet, without letting any of his characters speak like poets; and he must be a master of his laguage, using it purely and harmoniously and not letting the rhyme interfere with the sense.
I consider that everything in this world is awry; that no one knows his rank, his office, nor what he does nor what he should do; and that, except at supper, which is a fairly cheerful function and tends to produce concord, our time is spent on idle quarrels (…)
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