Or Optimism (Penguin Classics)
This enduring classic satirizes Enlightenment philosophy through the misadventures of Candide, a naïve young man taught that everything happens for the best. When he's cast out for loving a nobleman's daughter, Candide endures a series of disasters that challenge his optimism and moral convictions. Voltaire's witty commentary on fanatics and zealots offers a mirror to humanity's moral reformers. Translated by Theo Cuffe and introduced by Michael Wood.
A light hearted satire that pokes fun at optimism, philosophy, politics, and power. – source