- Watch the video below about the French novel (French language):
"Why do bad things happen to good people? Well, why not? The handsome young Candide, having been taught that this is the best of all possible worlds, quickly learns that is far from true. (...) we must surely conclude that we can still profit by the example of lucidity, the acumen, the intellectual honesty, and the moral courage of Voltaire's Candide."
Voltaire, Candide et l'Optimisme
First publication in 1759, the satirical novel follows the adventures of a young man, Candide, and his mentor, the philosopher Pangloss. Candide has become Voltaire's most celebrated work.
Teachers and students have now the opportunity to rediscover one of the major literary classics, always read in Humanities curricula at school and college. Voltaire’s Candide, a new app.
The app innovatively redefines the scope of a literary masterpiece and help us rediscover this important French classical book, in new and engaging ways as you could watched on the video.
The enhanced e-book includes the original Voltaire manuscript preserved at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and further exclusive content.
The app contains three parts:
- Book : To provide an optimal reading experience, the app can simultaneously display the text and the BnF's manuscript. We can also hear a personable interpretation of Candide by major French actor Denis Podalydes. With one touch, the reader can make use of the enhanced reading mode which facilitates access to the work: definitions, variants of the critical edition as established by the Voltaire Foundation, character sheets, place, concepts, illustrations of the text by 18th century engravers but also by Paul Klee.
- World : A map allows the reader to chart Candide’s journey while offering opportunities to further in-depth study thanks to interviews, a bibliography, and an iconographical library. Michel Le Bris, Alain Finkielkraut, Martine Reid and Georges Vigarello all shed new light on such themes as "Women in the 18th century", "El Dorado", "Cultivating you own garden", and "The image of the other".
- Garden : A collaborative space facilitating discussions on Candide. The garden allows each reader the opportunity to organise and publish a notebook made up of their own comments and their favourite analyses as a book visible to everyone. Each notebook appears in the garden as knowledge trees, which grow as the reader enriches them.
This is a book for those desiring to contemplate life. It tells the story of Candide, who gets kicked out of the castle, forced to serve on a boat, shipwrecked, robbed, tortured, and on and on, without losing his desire to continue forward in life.
With sync audio feature you can both read and listen to your favorite book.
The app will highlight the sentence being narrated so that you can follow along as the words are read aloud.
Benefits of sync audio feature:
- allowing everybody to enjoy their favourite book by reading, listening or reading+listening;
- a useful tool for kids to learn reading or for people to learn a foreign language;
- a valuable tool for people affected by reading disorders and dyslexia.
- Long press a word and tap "Play" to activate sync narration.
Thanks to sync narration feature, you can change from reading to listening or vice versa easily.
- Other features:
- change font size and style
- night and day reading mode
- highlight text
- book with original illustrations
- Audio play in background (you can listen to the audio, while using other apps)
Teachers can create their own presentation (notebooks) in the garden and invite their students to contribute to the activity from the website (feature availability: since 2013).
Teachers and students can use the BnF website Candide
French language, later English and German.
The app is free.
Candide et l'Optimisme
Candide is a timeless and universal text. The creation of Candide app was designed to make Voltaire’s masterpiece accessible to the widest audience possible.
Voltaire was one of the wisest, funniest and cleverest people of the 18th century. He continues to have lots to teach us about toleration, modesty and kindness.
As a specialist of Humanities & IT, I'm really happy! Voltaire's Candide app iPad iPhone and now Android is a marvelous tool!! This will be an exciting teaching and learning digital resources to academics and students. Classical Literature lessons will be creative and contagious.
*Other important digital resources for teachers and students:
An interesting presentation of Voltaire and his ideas:
- Voltaire's Candide | BBC Radio Player (May 2012)
- A candide view of Candide/ Julian Barnes
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