Book Review: Candide

CandideCandide by Voltaire
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I will have to check with the patent offices to be sure, but I don’t think anti-gravity boots had yet been invented when Voltaire (aka Francois something or other) made walking on air while mocking God look so easy almost anyone could do it. This profane ramble is a ham fisted satire including ill-fate and contrived providences to fill in the gaps. The story is basically the old atheistic theodicy argument dressed up in lipstick-on-a-pig fashion. But he faults at the start because walking on air turns out to be walking on nothing after all.

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Book Review: Rhetoric

RhetoricRhetoric by Aristotle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The western classic on argument and persuasion. Several sections give insight into human character and what motivates, or persuades men. Several sections deal more formally with the shape and content of arguments, the use of metaphor, introductions, narrations, etc. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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