Candide Turns Out to be a Great Intermediate Read!
I just finished reading Voltaire's Candide a couple of days ago. It was fantastic. The story is great, and the French was easy enough that I never had to resort to the English translation I had acquired "just in case," although I did use it to double-check myself at the end of each chapter.
Candide is a funny tale about a young man who was brought up to believe that "we live in the best of all possible worlds where all things work out for the best." Naturally his own experiences contradict this, but in ways that are more comical than horrifying. Usually.
When I was in highschool, kids in second-year French read Candide towards the end of the year. Now I understand how it could a) be easy enough for teenage boys to read b) be naughty enough to keep them entertained c) still be a classic.
Here's my detailed review: http://gregreflects.blogspot.com/2015/01/candide.html
Thank you for the suggestion! Could you recommend your favorite beginner book please? I really want to try translating a real paper back book. Happy learning! :D
This is one of my favorites. https://www.duolingo.com/translation/f5addc12df25f5d5dd07ae93b3a5c5e5
Thanks. This is actually one of the few French novels I do own, but it is really good I must admit.
My favorite is "Sans Famille", which we read in first-year French back in the 70's. We read the abridged version... the original is a little too long and complex to be considered a beginner book. Should be available online; I found myself a copy a few years back.
Seems to me I read it (and enjoyed it) way back in my university days, but that was fifty plus years ago, so my memory of the details is a bit vague. Should look again! Thanks, Greg, for your suggestions.
And also a short work, IIRC. That always helps when you're just starting to read in a new language.
Awesome! I've read Candide in English but for some reason never thought to read the French version, thanks!
Thank you. One of my primary motivations for learning French is to read people such Voltaire. I read Candide years ago, translated of course. I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts. It's reassuring to know that my goal is not far-fetched.