I read this book because it is a required book in my History class. When I read the book for the first time, I did not understand much of it. However, after doing some research about Voltaire and his work, I think that Candide is a really good book. Voltaire is a good author since he can smoothly write his arguements toward Liebniz and Alexander Pope. Candide criticizes the optimitism of Liebniz and Alexander Pope's belief that "All is best of all possible worlds." Voltaire first thought that Alexander Pope is a great poet in his and he admires him. He even says that he can not write as good as him.However, after the earthquake in Lisbon earthquake in Lisbon in November 1755 which killed two third of the city, he doubts the belief that become very popular at that time. He realizes that Alexander Pope is the same as Leibniz. He finds that their optimitism is ridiculous. He questions the belief and finally writes a poem about the earthquake in Lisbon. He soon gets replies from Rousseau. Nevertheless, Voltaire replies the Rousseau's letter by simply saying that he was sick and couldn't talk anything about it. Few years later, Candide was produced which also replies Rousseau's letter. He actually denies that he is the writer of this book because he is afraid of the punishment, but everybody knows that he is the writer. Candide's books were burn as soon as it is being published because of its strong criticism. In conclusion, the book is really great and Candide was the best of such in Voltaire's.