Comedy from a French master

— feeling amazing
Candide - Voltaire

I listened to a fantastic audio version narrated perfectly by Jack Davenport. This is timeless, bold, black comedy that takes sharp aim at its 18th century targets: royal despots, class differences, gender, race, pointless optimism... It's fascinating how current so much of this is. Voltaire and Swift pointed the way for writers like Twain, Heller, Vonnegut.