Friday, 26 January 2018

Book beginnings on Friday and The Friday 56




This week my book beginning and page come from Candide by Voltaire. I read it for my literature course, and was quite surprised. It is a wonderfully, written and satirical book. The old classics are definitely alive.

Book beginnings hosted by Rose City Reader

"In the country of Westphalia, in the castle of the most noble Baron of Thunder-ten-tronckh, lived a youth whom Nature had endowed with a most sweet disposition. "

The Friday 56 (57) hosted by Freda's Voice

"You insolent dog!" cried the Baron. "You have the impudence to marry my sister, who bears seventy-two quarterings! Really, I think you are insufferably arrogant to dare so much as to mention such an idea to me.

8 comments:

  1. I haven't heard of this one before. It sounds interesting, and I like the excerpts.

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    1. It definitely is. If you are thinking on reading some of his books, this will be a good one to start with. Enjoy!

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  2. I have a Voltaire book I should read. Thanks for reminding me! Happy weekend!

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    1. Which one do you have? I might venture in to another of his books, since I liked this one very much. Maybe, not all of them have survived as well until our days.
      Sorry about the late reply on your comment. I have been busy this weekend and just opened the computer today! I always enjoy your Friday 56 and your comments. Next week I will be able to check up the other participants. Always a pleasure to see what people have chosen.

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  3. The book beginning is lovely. I haven't read anything by Voltaire, nor many of the classics. Glad you enjoyed it :)

    Jo-Ann

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    1. Me neither. To my surprise I like many of them, and they still seem fresh after all these years. Not all or course. Candide would be a good way to start. It is short, funny and somewhat hilarious!

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  4. I've only read excepts of Candide. One of the book challenges I'm doing this years tasks is to reread a book you read in school. I may have to read Candide. Thanks for reminding me of it.
    Here is a link to my Friday 56: https://coffeeandcatsblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/26/friday-56-53-the-long-and-faraway-gone/comment-page-1/#comment-1710

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