Why do bad things happen to good people? Well, why not? The handsome young Candide, having been taught that this is the best of all possible worlds, quickly learns that is far from true. Literally booted out of his home, he is conscripted as a soldier, beaten, and subjected to nearly every indignity Voltaire's fertile imagination could conceive. In spite of it all, he continues to search for happiness--and for love. Alive with wit, brilliance, and graceful storytelling, "Candide" has become Voltaire's most celebrated work. And rightfully so. When we observe such things as the horrors of religious fanaticism and the appalling dangers of political and corporate stupidity, we must surely conclude that we can still profit by the example of lucidity, the acumen, the intellectual honesty, and the moral courage of Voltaire's Candide. Newly designed and typeset by Waking Lion Press.