The Book title - Candide, ou l'Optimisme roughly translates to "Best of all possible worlds" Free edition: The Project Gutenberg eBook of Candide, by Voltaire. in several formats on the site - I used the Kindle version with no problems. Ever since 1759, when Voltaire wrote "Candide" in ridicule of the notion that this is the best of all possible worlds, this world has been a grayer place for readers. Written at a time when dissing the Government would get a band of thugs on your doorstep to beat the crap out of you, Voltaire set the world alight with this tale of woe of a young man and how the world treats him. It creates many memorable characters - Dr. Pangloss being my favorite. "When Jacques confronts Pangloss' systemic philosophy, the philosopher responds, ".private misfortunes make for public welfare."" Is the guy spot on or what? Short version - Candide begins in the German town of Westphalia, where Candide, a young man, lives in the castle of Baron of Thunder-ten-tronckh. A noted philosopher, Doctor Pangloss, tutors the baron on philosophical optimism, the idea that "all is for the best . . . in this best of all worlds." Candide, a simple man, first accepts this philosophy, but as he experiences the horrors of war, poverty, the maliciousness of man, and the hypocrisy of the church, he begins to doubt the voracity of Pangloss's theory. Thus, philosophical optimism is the focus of Votaire's satire. However, anti-war and anti-church refrains also run throughout the novel. Very much in the view of my earlier post about Mark Twain's novel. Then again, anti-war and anti-Church chat has always been in style. Read, ponder, enjoy. I found it well worth the time to read several times in my life. And for free, the most you will be out is some time.