APE Summer Reading Requirement
Candide is the story of a gentle man who, though pummeled and
slapped in every direction by fate, clings desperately to the belief
that he lives in "the best of all possible worlds." On the surface a
witty, bantering tale, this eighteenth-century classic is actually a
savage, satiric thrust at the philosophical optimism that proclaims that
all disaster and human suffering is part of a benevolent cosmic plan.
Fast, funny, often outrageous, the French philosopher's immortal
narrative takes Candide around the world to discover that -- contrary to
the teachings of his distringuished tutor Dr. Pangloss -- all is not
always for the best. Alive with wit, brilliance, and graceful
storytelling, Candide has become Voltaire's most celebrated work.
**Summer Reading must be completed by the first week of school.