In honour of World Book Day yesterday, we have the third episode of What’s Your Book, featuring Ms. Hosick speaking about a book that she’s enjoyed reading. Published in 1759 (yes, over 250 years ago!), the themes within this book are still strong today.
Brought up in the household of a powerful Baron, Candide is an open-minded young man, whose tutor, Pangloss, has instilled in him the belief that ‘all is for the best’. But when his love for the Baron’s rosy-cheeked daughter is discovered, Candide is cast out to make his own way in the world.
And so he and his various companions begin a breathless tour of Europe, South America and Asia, as an outrageous series of disasters befall them – earthquakes, syphilis, a brush with the Inquisition, murder – sorely testing the young hero’s optimism.
This tale involves a lot of travel. Do you have a favourite story that takes the reader to different countries or cultures? Comment below and let me know!