Guest Hollow’s High School Whirlwind World History Curriculum Book and Resource List

Note: This page is currently being created and is a ROUGH DRAFT. We will remove this rough draft notice when it’s finished.

Welcome to the Guest Hollow’s High School Whirlwind World History Curriculum Book and Resource List! This list is to give you an idea of what will be needed if you are using Guest Hollow’s Whirlwind World History Curriculum along with some helpful tips and other information. For details about the curriculum itself, please click here.

Literature-based history that’s engaging and fun!

In order to use Guest Hollow’s Whirlwind World History Curriculum, you will need to obtain the scheduled books and other items separately. You may be able to borrow many for FREE from your local library! Check out the F.A.Q. below for tips on how to save money when using a literature-based curriculum.

Every purchase comes with a printable book list!

Every purchase of Guest Hollow’s High School Whirlwind World History Curriculum comes with a FREE printable book list to help you with your planning and shopping.

The printable version of the book list features:

  • The ISBN number and author’s name
    You can make sure your copy of the book matches the one in the schedule.
  • Notification of when each book or item is used
    You can plan ahead when to check out books from the library. Books used throughout the year are marked “multiple weeks,” so you can decide whether you want to purchase them vs. borrow them.
  • Checklists for planning
    A handy checklist helps you plan if you are going to buy or borrow a book. It can also help you choose the format of your books (physical copy, e-book, or audio book).
  • Consumables are marked
    You’ll get advance notice of which items are consumable, so you’ll know what you may need to purchase and how many copies you may want to get if you are using the curriculum with multiple students.

Here’s an example of the printable book list:

Keep scrolling to see the full online book list (below the F.A.Q. on this page).

INSERT SAMPLE HERE

We’ve scheduled in lots of colorful, fact-filled, interesting and engaging books for this year’s world history study! Before taking a look, We’ve addressed some common questions:

Book and Resource F.A.Q.

No. Depending on your student, the time you have available, your budget, and other factors, you can cull some of the books without hurting the program.  Using just the spine book, the scheduled videos, and the linked activities covers quite a bit of history. The scheduled books are “frosting on the cake” that help bring topics alive in a way that is engaging and memorable.

You can also use substitutes from your own home or local library. For example: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX If you can’t obtain that book, you can substitute XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. Keep in mind that the scheduled books were all hand-picked for their content, presentation, and reading pace.

Some books are marked “unscheduled.” These books are optional and are not featured in the curriculum schedule. They are intended to potentially enhance your studies, and you can fit them in whenever you have the time for them (or ignore them completely, if you wish). You can also use them as substitutions for students who don’t enjoy graphic novels.

We were once homeschoolers, and we know what it’s like living on a budget. We wrote a blog post to help you SAVE MONEY when using a literature-based curriculum. In the post you’ll find handy tips on where to get books, what subscriptions can help out, what some libraries offer for free, where our customers go for used books, and how to find books our customers are selling when they are done. Take a look:

How to Save Money When Using a Literature-Based Curriculum

Our customers frequently resell their used Guest Hollow homeschool curriculum books on our Facebook Groups. Here’s a list of groups you can join and post in! We encourage you to try and recoup some of your investment in books when you are done by posting them for sale in our groups.

You may NOT resell, share, or distribute any of Guest Hollow’s digital products (or printed out copies of our digital products) which includes but is not limited to schedules, workbooks, printables, and other materials.

We’ve scheduled in lots of engaging graphic novels & comics, which should be much easier (and fun) for students to read. Reluctant readers will also appreciate that many of the videos we schedule in cover the topics from the main text and other books (to help build comprehension and retention).

Every student’s reading ability and interest differs. If you have a reluctant reader or a student whose reading skills are not fully developed, you can do some of the following things:

  • Read books out loud
    You can read some or all of the books to or with your student. This is a terrific way to participate in what s/he is learning, too! Our children loved read-alouds, even in high school.
  • Use audiobooks
    Audiobooks can be obtained from Amazon.com or a variety of other places. There are some benefits to using audiobooks. They can be listened to in the car, during lunch, while doing chores, while keeping hands occupied (knitting, coloring, etc.), and other times when print books don’t work as well.
  • Don’t overwhelm
    It may not be the best choice to do more than one literature-based program at a time with a student who doesn’t like reading. Don’t be surprised if this reluctant attitude toward reading changes during the course of the program, though. Many of our customers have told us their reluctant readers learned to love reading using our curriculum!

You’ll have to check with your local educational authorities or in some other way determine if Guest Hollow meets requirements since states and colleges have different expectations.

When we were teaching our kids, we usually had what we thought of as a “core” curriculum (science, geography, or history). Because these programs were so literature-rich, we didn’t do a separate literature course. This enhanced our children’s retention and enjoyment of the material they were learning, since their reading assignments complimented their studies. Of course our kids also did plenty of reading in their free time as well!

Guest Hollow’s Whirlwind World History Curriculum covers a lot of different types of information. We think the BEST curriculums are those that are multidisciplinary. We believe subjects don’t exist in a vacuum, so we like to tie different subjects together, when possible, to expand students’ understanding of specific topics or things they encounter in various scheduled books and/or videos.

Additional credits could possibly be earned for literature.

Don’t forget to research your local requirements and consult the local experts in your area! We are in NO way advising what credits you should assign. You are ultimately responsible for researching this topic and deciding what will work for you and your family based on your local requirements, future plans, college requirements, and other considerations.

Using just the *spine book, the scheduled videos, and the linked activities covers quite a bit of history. The scheduled books are “frosting on the cake” that help bring topics alive in a way that is engaging and memorable.

*A spine book is the “backbone” of a study.

We do schedule in quite a few graphic novels and some easier fare (amidst some more difficult titles written for adults), but my goal is to get students to not only learn history, but to RETAIN it and LOVE it. We do this using a mix of materials that even adults could learn from. Information is information. It doesn’t have to by dry and difficult to get through in order to be valuable (in my opinion).

When we were homeschooling, we always used what we believed to be the BEST vehicles for teaching information, no matter what the “level” of those materials. The feedback we’ve received about our programs has been amazing. Students who used to think history was dry and boring have remarked how much they love it after using Guest Hollow’s history curriculums!

You can take a look at the unscheduled list of books and choose some from there to substitute. The unscheduled books are listed on this page in the book list below.

The graphic novels were chosen to break up the amount of reading and to convey information in a quick-to-digest way while giving a break in the reading load. Also, in this increasingly visual world, I felt it was important for students to be able to read and digest a variety of materials. They aren’t a match for every student, though. In that case, the unscheduled books make good substitutes.

The curriculum is still very rich and full, even if you skip some of the graphic novels!

Most high schoolers should be able to handle the reading. There is plenty of “easier fare” to balance things out.

You can easily adapt this program to work with a younger student. Instructions on how to do that are included with the curriculum guide. Look for the “middle school substitutes” for some of the books in the list below or consult the printable curriculum schedule.

Warning! Preview all materials! I strongly recommend you preview all items to see if they are appropriate for your student. Every family is different in what they find offensive! Additional notes about some of the books are in the descriptions below.

Note: This page is currently being created and is a ROUGH DRAFT. We will remove this rough draft notice when it’s finished. We may remove or add books and videos to this list before the curriculum is released.

Books and Items

Guest Hollow’s Whirlwind World History FREE Online Textbook
The History Book: Big Ideas Simply ExplainedThe History Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained

“Travel thousands of years into our past and discover the significant events that shaped the world as we know it.

This book includes short, descriptive explanations of key ideas, themes, and events of world history that are easy to understand. Explore topics such as the founding of Baghdad, the colonization of the Americas, and the inception of Buddhism without complicated jargon.”
History of the World Map by MapHistory of the World Map by Map

I LOVE how this book illustrates history with maps and timelines. It helps you visualize what was going on where and when.

It’s a hefty, big, beautiful book that gives you a good overview of world history. There are 140 colorful maps combined with timelines for main world events from prehistory through modern times. There is also a 75 page timeline in the back illustrated with photos, paintings, and items. Even if your student doesn’t read every word, the maps alone are worth buying this book to have on your homeschool shelf as a reference.


24 Hours in Ancient Rome: A Day in the Life of the People Who Lived There
Note: Some sexual content (nothing too graphic) – The chapter “The Prostitute Finds a Client” is not scheduled.
24 Hours in Ancient Rome: A Day in the Life of the People Who Lived There

This books is entertaining as well as informative. The part I like the best: the book’s characters are based on real quotes, speeches, correspondence, and more from the people who actually lived in Rome at the time.

“Walk a day in a Roman’s sandals.
What was it like to live in one of the ancient world’s most powerful and bustling cities – one that was eight times more densely populated than modern day New York?

In this entertaining and enlightening guide, bestselling historian Philip Matyszak introduces us to the people who lived and worked there. In each hour of the day we meet a new character – from emperor to slave girl, gladiator to astrologer, medicine woman to water-clock maker – and discover the fascinating details of their daily lives.”
Choose one of the following:
Option 1:
This is a great book, but not recommended for immature teens or teens sensitive to violence.
The Last Kingdom (Saxon Tales Book 1)
The Last Kingdom (Saxon Tales Book 1)

Note: This book contains descriptive violence, some cursing (not too frequent), and references to sex as well as rape (the sexual content is not graphic or descriptive in my opinion). I do NOT recommend the video series as a replacement for the book because of the nudity and sex. It’s toned down in the book compared to the video series.

This is the exciting—yet little known—story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred the Great, his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England’s four kingdoms.
The story is seen through the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman, who is captured as a child by the Danes and then raised by them so that, by the time the Northmen begin their assault on Wessex (Alfred’s kingdom and the last territory in English hands) Uhtred almost thinks of himself as a Dane. He certainly has no love for Alfred, whom he considers a pious weakling and no match for Viking savagery, yet when Alfred unexpectedly defeats the Danes and the Danes themselves turn on Uhtred, he is finally forced to choose sides. By now he is a young man, in love, trained to fight and ready to take his place in the dreaded shield wall. Above all, though, he wishes to recover his father’s land, the enchanting fort of Bebbanburg by the wild northern sea.
This thrilling adventure—based on existing records of Bernard Cornwell’s ancestors—depicts a time when law and order were ripped violently apart by a pagan assault on Christian England, an assault that came very close to destroying England.”
Option 2:
This is an easier, faster read that has some great illustrations. It’s more appropriate for younger or sensitive students than option 1.
The Viking Hondbók: Eat, Dress, and Fight Like a Warrior
The Viking Hondbók: Eat, Dress, and Fight Like a Warrior

“Learn what it was like to live as a Norseman in this fun and fascinating look at Vikings and the Viking Age.

Vikings, those ancient Norse seafarers, have inspired plenty of pop culture phenomena, from the A&E hit show Vikings to Thor: Ragnarök, to the ever-expanding world of Viking LARP. Known for being skilled craftspeople, accomplished merchants, hardworking farmers, and masters of the sea, the Vikings were a complex and captivating people.

Inspired by the legendary legacy of the Vikings, author Kjersti Egerdahl presents a compelling and entertaining guide exploring who the Vikings were and how they lived, from ancient Norse daily life to battles and adventuring. You’ll learn how Vikings ate, dressed, and fought, and even how they weaved the perfect beard braid and built warships and weapons. Interspersed throughout are revealing historical anecdotes about Viking conquests, famous warriors, mythology and afterlife, and much more.”
The Making of Modern China: The Ming Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty (1368-1912) (Understanding China Through Comics Book 4)
The Making of Modern China: The Ming Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty (1368-1912) (Understanding China Through Comics Book 4)

I like this series of graphic novels. They make the history of China visual and easy-to-digest. The first book is scheduled in Guest Hollow’s Geography & Cultures Curriculum. If your student enjoys them, you may wish to buy/borrow the others in the series.

“The fourth volume in the Understanding China Through Comics series covers the stunningly productive Ming dynasty and its fall to the Manchus under the Qing, the last Chinese dynasty. The book also addresses Wang Yangming’s School of Mind and the painful process of modernization and conflict with the West and Japan, including the Opium Wars and the Boxer Rebellion. Includes timeline.”
The Literature Book: Big Ideas Simply ExplainedThe Literature Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained

“Storytelling is as old as humanity itself. Part of the Big Ideas Simply Explained series, The Literature Book introduces you to ancient classics from the Epic of Gilgamesh written 4,000 years ago, as well as the works of Shakespeare, Voltaire, Tolstoy, and more, and 20th-century masterpieces, including Catch-22, Beloved, and On the Road. The perfect reference for your bookshelf, it answers myriad questions such as what is stream of consciousness, who wrote To Kill a Mockingbird, and what links the poetry of Wordsworth with that of TS Eliot.”
Gilgamesh: A Verse Narrative
Note: A prostitute is mentioned. There is a line about a man putting his hands on the breasts of a goddess.
Gilgamesh: A Verse Narrative

Gilgamesh is an epic poem written in ancient Mesopotamia and is known as the earliest surviving notable literature. It was composed sometime around 2100-1200 BCE). Some of the best copies were discovered in the library ruins of the 7th-century BCE Assyrian king Ashurbanipal.

This is a fantastic translation of Gilgamesh!

“National Book Award Finalist: The most widely read and enduring interpretation of this ancient Babylonian epic.
 
One of the oldest and most universal stories known in literature, the epic of Gilgamesh presents the grand, timeless themes of love and death, loss and reparations, within the stirring tale of a hero-king and his doomed friend.
 
A National Book Award finalist, Herbert Mason’s retelling is at once a triumph of scholarship, a masterpiece of style, and a labor of love that grew out of the poet’s long affinity with the original.”
Beowulf
Note: Violence is portrayed in a graphic novel format.
Beowulf

Beowulf is an Anglo-Saxon poem written around 700-1000 CE in the tradition of Germanic heroic legend.

I really like this graphic novel adaptation of Beowulf. It captures the spirit of the original and uses text from the Francis Gummere translation.

If your student wants to read Beowulf as a longer book (or listen to a free audio version) instead, see the unscheduled books list.
Henry V (No Fear Shakespeare) Henry V (No Fear Shakespeare) 

This No Fear Shakespeare ebook gives you the complete text of Henry Vand an easy-to-understand translation.
Each No Fear Shakespeare contains
★ The complete text of the original play
★ A line-by-line translation that puts Shakespeare into everyday language
★ A complete list of characters with descriptions
Plenty of helpful commentary
Boxers and Saints graphic novel boxed set
Note: Violence is portrayed in a graphic novel format.
Boxers & Saints Boxed Set

New York Times bestseller
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature

“In two volumes, Boxers & Saints tells two parallel stories. The first is of Little Bao, a Chinese peasant boy whose village is abused and plundered by Westerners claiming the role of missionaries. Little Bao, inspired by visions of the Chinese gods, joins a violent uprising against the Western interlopers. Against all odds, their grassroots rebellion is successful.

But in the second volume, Yang lays out the opposite side of the conflict. A girl whose village has no place for her is taken in by Christian missionaries and finds, for the first time, a home with them. As the Boxer Rebellion gains momentum, Vibiana must decide whether to abandon her Christian friends or to commit herself fully to Christianity.

Boxers & Saints is one of the most ambitious graphic novels First Second has ever published. It offers a penetrating insight into not only one of the most controversial episodes of modern Chinese history, but into the very core of our human nature.”
Romeo and Juliet (No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels)Romeo and Juliet (No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels)

Don’t want a graphic novel? Choose this instead.

No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels is a series based on the translated texts of the plays found in No Fear Shakespeare. The original No Fear series made Shakespeare’s plays much easier to read, but these dynamic visual adaptations are impossible to put down. Each of the titles is illustrated in its own unique style, but all are distinctively offbeat, slightly funky, and appealing to teen readers. Each book will feature:
★ Illustrated cast of characters
★ A helpful plot summary
★ Line-by-line translations of the original play
★ Illustrations that show the reader exactly what’s happening in each scene—making the plot and characters even clearer than in the original No Fear Shakespeare books

Scheduled Videos

China's Dragon EmperorChina’s Dragon Emperor

This documentary is also available via The Smithsonian Channel (online) if you have a cable TV subscription with this channel.

“The story of Qin Shi Huang is as epic in life as it is in death. Crowned as a boy king over 2,000 years ago, he grew to unify China for the first time, establishing a new form of government, uniform laws, and a single writing system that is still in use today. He also ordered the construction of a royal tomb that is larger than the Great Pyramid of Giza and is guarded by a massive army of terracotta warriors. Explore the transformative life and magnificent afterlife of China’s first emperor.”
China's Emperor of EvilChina’s Emperor of Evil

This documentary is also available via The Smithsonian Channel (online) if you have a cable TV subscription with this channel.

“In China’s Valley of the Kings, there stands a tall, carved stone. It honors the resting place of a woman named Wu Zetian, who rose from concubine to become China’s only female emperor. For more than a millennia, history claimed she killed her own children, held power through a ruthless rule of terror, and brought China to the edge of ruin. But are any of these claims true? Join the investigation as we revisit old evidence and reveal new truths, using artifacts and forensic tools to tell the true story of China’s Emperor of Evil.”
Angkor: Land of the GodsAngkor: Land of the Gods

This documentary is also available via The Smithsonian Channel (online) if you have a cable TV subscription with this channel.

Buddhists, Hindus, and hundreds of thousands of travelers from around the globe flock to Cambodia every year to experience the grandeur of Angkor. Its famous temples were built over the span of five centuries by the rulers of the Khmer Empire, and endure today as one of Earth’s greatest archaeological wonders. Join us as we shed light on one of the most enigmatic, mesmerizing civilizations in the history of mankind. We peel away the myth and legend to uncover the hidden story behind the creation of this ancient city.
The Last Emperor
Note: This movie contains: a woman nursing a baby and later a young child, mild sexual content (see the link below for details – PG-13 stuff), eunuchs, opium use, violence
Click here for a Common Sense Media review.
The Last Emperor

I watched this movie as a teen (and again as an adult). It’s a beautiful film that covers six decades of Chinese history.

“Bernardo Bertolucciâ’s The Last Emperor won nine Academy Awards, unexpectedly sweeping every category in which it was nominated – quite a feat for a challenging, multilayered epic directed by an Italian and starring an international cast.”

Unscheduled (Optional) Books

Instructions on how to choose from the following books as well as how to schedule them are included in the printable schedule. Even though these are unscheduled books, the schedule will have some linked resources (like free teacher’s guides, writing assignments, literary techniques, vocabulary, supporting activities, etc.) for some of the book choices, so you can incorporate them in your language arts studies, if desired.

Circe
Note: There is a rape (not very graphic), violence, witchcraft (in a mythical sense), and some cursing in this book.
Circe

“A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess’s story,” this #1 New York Times bestseller is “both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right” (Alexandra Alter, The New York Times).
Choose one of the following versions of Beowulf:
Option 1:
Beowulf: A New Translation
Beowulf: A New Translation

Note: This new translation of Beowulf is highly readable, but it has quite a few curse words (including the F-bomb multiple times) and some contemporary terminology and slang. Having said that, it made something that can seem dusty and dry into something more approachable and spirited – like you are sitting in a smoky hall with a bunch of rowdy vikings sloshing mead in their mugs and rattling their swords. It’s my first pick choice for the full Beowulf book with the caveat that I’m not a fan of the cursing AT ALL. Be warned – there is a LOT. If you aren’t comfortable with that, pick from the options 2-4 instead (or do it as a read-aloud and skip those words on the fly). 🙂

“Nearly twenty years after Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf―and fifty years after the translation that continues to torment high-school students around the world―there is a radical new verse translation of the epic poem by Maria Dahvana Headley, which brings to light elements that have never before been translated into English, recontextualizing the binary narrative of monsters and heroes into a tale in which the two categories often entwine, justice is rarely served, and dragons live among us.”
Option 2:
Beowulf: An Illustrated Edition
Beowulf: An Illustrated Edition

Note: Whatever you do, don’t get this version on Kindle. The formatting is horrible. The print version is nice though – with photos on every other page to illustrate various things in the poem (a nice and visual addition to your history study). It’s a coffee-table style book, and Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf is one of the more poetic versions.
Beowulf
Option 3: FREE version of Beowulf, translated by Francis Barton Gummere with a FREE audio reading to accompany the text and notes to explain some of the text.

You can listen to this version, download and print the PDF, or view it online without having to pay a penny.
Option 4:
ANY translation of Beowulf will work. 😉 You can use your favorite one, if one of our choices doesn’t work for you, or your student can just read the graphic novel version we’ve scheduled in (see the scheduled books listed above).
Ramayana: Divine Loophole (Hindu Mythology Books, Books on Hindu Gods and Goddesses, Indian Books for Kids)Ramayana: Divine Loophole

The Rāmāyana is one of two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India.

We scheduled this book in Guest Hollow’s Geography & Cultures curriculum, so we’re not scheduling it in for Whirlwind History. We’re including it in the unscheduled booklist, as the Ramayana is an important piece of historical Indian literature. This is a beautifully illustrated easy read.

“The Ramayana is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India and one of the largest ancient epics in world literature! Ramayana was an important influence on Sanskrit poetry and Hindu life and culture. Ramayana is not just a story: it presents the teachings of ancient Hindu sages in narrative allegory, interspersing philosophical and ethical elements.”

National Geographic Kids Encyclopedia of American Indian History and Culture: Stories, Timelines, Maps, and MoreNational Geographic Kids Encyclopedia of American Indian History and Culture: Stories, Timelines, Maps, and More

This is a beautiful reference book is a visual treat and is stuffed full of photos, illustrations, timelines, and maps. It’s the best (and most affordable) reference on Native Americans that I’ve found for any age! The book covers a multitude of tribes (over 160) across all the regions of the US. It’s a super resource that is worth the investment for your homeschool shelf.
The Divine Comedy: Volume 1: InfernoThe Divine Comedy: Volume 1: Inferno

As an option, I also link to a free audio version in the schedule.

“This vigorous translation of Inferno preserves Dante’s simple, natural style, and captures the swift movement of the original Italian verse. Mark Musa’s blank verse rendition of the poet’s journey through the circles of hell recreates for the modern reader the rich meanings that Dante’s poem had for his contemporaries. Musa’s introduction and commentaries on each of the cantos brilliantly illuminate the text.”


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Note: I read this book in early high school and loved it. I have NOT previewed it for this course due to a lack of time. I believe there is some adultery and a mention of prostitution in the book, but I have no recollection of the level of descriptiveness, etc. Proceed with caution.
Read a review written by a teen here.
Shōgun: The Epic Novel of Japan (The Asian Saga Book 1)
After Englishman John Blackthorne is lost at sea, he awakens in a place few Europeans know of and even fewer have seen—Nippon. Thrust into the closed society that is late sixteenth-century Japan, a land where the line between life and death is razor-thin, Blackthorne must negotiate not only a foreign people, with unknown customs and language, but also his own definitions of morality, truth, and freedom. As internal political strife and a clash of cultures lead to seemingly inevitable conflict, Blackthorne’s loyalty and strength of character are tested by both passion and loss, and he is torn between two worlds that will each be forever changed.
Powerful and engrossing, capturing both the rich pageantry and stark realities of life in feudal Japan, Shōgun is a critically acclaimed powerhouse of a book. Heart-stopping, edge-of-your-seat action melds seamlessly with intricate historical detail and raw human emotion. Endlessly compelling, this sweeping saga captivated the world to become not only one of the bestselling novels of all time but also one of the highest-rated television miniseries, as well as inspiring a nationwide surge of interest in the culture of Japan. Shakespearean in both scope and depth, Shōgun is, as the New York Times put it, “…not only something you read—you live it.” Provocative, absorbing, and endlessly fascinating, there is only one: Shōgun.
Don QuixoteDon Quixote

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick
Edith Grossman’s definitive English translation of the Spanish masterpiece, in an expanded P.S. edition

Widely regarded as one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote chronicles the adventures of the self-created knight-errant Don Quixote of La Mancha and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, as they travel through sixteenth-century Spain. You haven’t experienced Don Quixote in English until you’ve read this masterful translation.
CandideCandide by Voltaire

Any version of this novella will do. There are lots of free copies online. 🙂

“Candide is a French satirical novella first published in 1759 by Voltaire. Candide has enjoyed both great success and great scandal. Immediately after its secretive publication, the book was widely banned to the public because it contained religious blasphemy, political sedition, and intellectual hostility hidden under a thin veil of naïveté. However, with its sharp wit and insightful portrayal of the human condition, the novel has since inspired many later authors and artists to mimic and adapt it. Today, Candide is recognized as Voltaire’s magnum opus and is often listed as part of the Western canon. It is among the most frequently taught works of French literature. The British poet and literary critic Martin Seymour-Smith listed Candide as one of the 100 most influential books ever written.

Unscheduled Videos

Quote for Candide from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candide

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