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Narrated by Andrew Sachs
Written by Voltaire
ESL English Listening :: Adult Literacy

Candide is a young, naive man who lives in the lap of luxury under the mentorship of Pangloss, an optimist philosopher who believes that everything that happens, no matter how bad, is always and without fail for the very best. We follow Candide in his lifelong battle to be with his one and only love, Cunegonde, through a multitude of adventures full of misfortunes, unsurmountable obstacles, improbable situations, and downright silliness; all of which happens while he struggles to understand how so much misery can indeed be "for the very best".

Candide is an exquisite work of satire. Satire is the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices; ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, corporations, government or society itself, into improvement. Voltaire ridicules religion, theologians, governments, armies, philosophies, and philosophers. Candide, written in 1759, is arguably taught more than any other work of French literature.

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