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Something between a tale and a polemic, these "fables of reason" are feats of narrative compression and contain much of Voltaire's best and funniest writing. From ribald tales of adultery to conversations between cosmic travellers, the stories in this collection pose moral, philosophical and social questions. Reader and protagonist alike find their assumptions challenged a Something between a tale and a polemic, these "fables of reason" are feats of narrative compression and contain much of Voltaire's best and funniest writing. From ribald tales of adultery to conversations between cosmic travellers, the stories in this collection pose moral, philosophical and social questions. Reader and protagonist alike find their assumptions challenged as Voltaire mingles rationality and fantasy.


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Something between a tale and a polemic, these "fables of reason" are feats of narrative compression and contain much of Voltaire's best and funniest writing. From ribald tales of adultery to conversations between cosmic travellers, the stories in this collection pose moral, philosophical and social questions. Reader and protagonist alike find their assumptions challenged a Something between a tale and a polemic, these "fables of reason" are feats of narrative compression and contain much of Voltaire's best and funniest writing. From ribald tales of adultery to conversations between cosmic travellers, the stories in this collection pose moral, philosophical and social questions. Reader and protagonist alike find their assumptions challenged as Voltaire mingles rationality and fantasy.

30 review for Micromegas and Other Short Fictions

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Okay, I read a reference to Micromegas, so I hunted down this copy. That was a good essay, but by no means my favorite - there were some spectacular stories and essays in this collection - were they all written more than 250 years ago?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    There's a reason Micromegas is not as well known as Candide. Although a funny story, it lacks the oomph of the latter. Candide was an attack an a very popular philosophy whereas Micromegas is a broader satire. However the stories found in this collection are still very funny and Micromegas DOES remain one of the earliest forms of science fiction written in the west. The story is in the form of Swift's earlier and more popular Gulliver's Travels, but it manages to satirize even that novel. There's a reason Micromegas is not as well known as Candide. Although a funny story, it lacks the oomph of the latter. Candide was an attack an a very popular philosophy whereas Micromegas is a broader satire. However the stories found in this collection are still very funny and Micromegas DOES remain one of the earliest forms of science fiction written in the west. The story is in the form of Swift's earlier and more popular Gulliver's Travels, but it manages to satirize even that novel.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alice Idália

    A obra original de 1752, escrita por Voltaire, é apresentada nesse livro para o público infantil. Filosofia para pequenos. . . Conta a jornada de um gigante que decide dar uma volta pelos planetas do sistema solar. De tão grande, não cabe no Planeta Terra. Ao avistar os seres humanos, minúsculos, fica interessado e decide conversar com essa galera diferente... Trata da pequeneza humana e nossa arrogância de achar que somos únicos no universo e, por isso, sabemos tudo. Trata sobre como, ao acreditar A obra original de 1752, escrita por Voltaire, é apresentada nesse livro para o público infantil. Filosofia para pequenos. . . Conta a jornada de um gigante que decide dar uma volta pelos planetas do sistema solar. De tão grande, não cabe no Planeta Terra. Ao avistar os seres humanos, minúsculos, fica interessado e decide conversar com essa galera diferente... Trata da pequeneza humana e nossa arrogância de achar que somos únicos no universo e, por isso, sabemos tudo. Trata sobre como, ao acreditar quer sabemos de tudo, destruímos a nos mesmos.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Procyon Lotor

    honestly not my favourite dude

  5. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Grace

    Witty, thought provoking and an easier read than I was expecting. More fun than I was expecting too.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Yang

    Wise & humorous--a lot that I don't understand, so will shelve for a future re-read. Wise & humorous--a lot that I don't understand, so will shelve for a future re-read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    David Gialouras

    toilet 🚽 humour at the church’s expense the 2 chickens 🐓 are the best

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chris Linehan

    Some people on this app labeled Candide as dated and thus, out of touch with the current character of this age. I wholeheartedly disagreed and argued the timeless nature of the work. Had they argued that some of the fictions in this book were the case I would have still argued against them, but not as wholeheartedly. As an anthology this is book is great. Voltaire is incredibly easy to read, profound and cuts to the bone. But because it is an anthology there are better and worse stories in it. S Some people on this app labeled Candide as dated and thus, out of touch with the current character of this age. I wholeheartedly disagreed and argued the timeless nature of the work. Had they argued that some of the fictions in this book were the case I would have still argued against them, but not as wholeheartedly. As an anthology this is book is great. Voltaire is incredibly easy to read, profound and cuts to the bone. But because it is an anthology there are better and worse stories in it. Some of the stories demand you read the footnotes, while others can be simply enjoyed free of historical context. Pot-Pouri and the Account of the illness, confession, death and apparition of the Jesuit Berthier necessitate a glance back at the footnotes. Without reading the footnotes Pot-Pouri reads a bit like surrealist fiction (I'm not entirely convinced it isn't). Micromégas and the History of the travels of Scarmentado can just stand alone as humorous satire without demanding one know exactly what is being satirized. If you like Candide, you'll enjoy this. If you love Candide (as I do), you'll really enjoy this. If you don't like Candide, you're wrong.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Phillip Goodman

    just remembered i'd read this! pure awesome sauce yeah! huh? and yeah the books pretty cool too......hmmm not sure why i said that but seriously yeah the book is awesome, Micromegas in particular and the one about the one eyed man who only sees/perceives good things, which are often at odds with what the reality is rather than simply being a positive spin on it. just remembered i'd read this! pure awesome sauce yeah! huh? and yeah the books pretty cool too......hmmm not sure why i said that but seriously yeah the book is awesome, Micromegas in particular and the one about the one eyed man who only sees/perceives good things, which are often at odds with what the reality is rather than simply being a positive spin on it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cara

    I only read a few of these, but I was bored. The man sounds very bitter. I couldn't read it anymore. I'll try one of his other works. I only read a few of these, but I was bored. The man sounds very bitter. I couldn't read it anymore. I'll try one of his other works.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Véronique

    DRÔLE!!!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    These witticisms on women, philosophy, the universe and religion were entertaining and enlightening.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anacardoso Cardoso

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hal Johnson

  15. 4 out of 5

    Renka

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katietr192

  17. 4 out of 5

    Wize

  18. 4 out of 5

    Asif Syed

  19. 4 out of 5

    Scott

  20. 5 out of 5

    John

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brad

  22. 5 out of 5

    Johan

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lord_caes

  24. 4 out of 5

    Indigo

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marilena

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kris

  27. 4 out of 5

    Inspectorleet

  28. 4 out of 5

    Prabodh Sharma

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sean

  30. 4 out of 5

    Zaki

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