Welcome to the third review on my classical to-be-read list!! If you haven’t seen my list, check it out here: Classics TBR. And be sure to take a look at my first two reviews here: The Alchemist & Animal Farm.
Cleanliness (See “About” for scale): Trash (1 Curse Word. Other content: descriptive war, kissing, beating, rape, prostitution, sex slavery, bestiality, descriptions of body parts, murder, and descriptive death.)
4 Stars (Purely based on the story — not considering cleanliness.)
Wow. This was my second time reading this book, and I don’t know where I was the first time. Candide is horribly disturbing and disgusting! It had tons and tons of gore and sexual references. If you want nudity, it abounds in this book.
Cleanliness aside, the tale itself is an odd one. It’s the story of a sheltered optimist being shoved out into a completely terrible, cruel world. There is catastrophe on top of catastrophe on top of catastrophe! Candide has many literal “and they all died” moments. It has hilarious randomness. (My favorite is when one of the characters suddenly says, “…though I have lost one buttock,” which isn’t explained for a few chapters.)
I really enjoyed all the places this story takes you. Candide travels from the highest of societies to the very lowest. It’s completely unpredictable and will leave you wondering what just happened.
The ending was as weird as the rest. My summary would be, “They all settled down and got bored, so they made a garden.” Apparently, a garden is all you need to be happy.
Would I recommend this book? No. Would I reread this book? No. Do I like the story-line of this book? Yes? If you want to be confused and disgusted, but still kind of enjoy it, I suppose Candide is for you.