L'Ingénu (French Edition)
5.0 out of 5 stars What an exercise in plain philosophy!, November 7, 2013
This review is from: L'Ingénu (French Edition) (Kindle Edition)
Here Voltaire demonstrates the power of an innocent mind. Huron, l'Ingenu - Innocent is here really an Indian, a child of nature without any formal education, but with a born perspicacy of mind. He is torn of his natural surroundings, and develops in months the purest virtues of human life. This in spite of languishing in a gaoul in France. Counterpoised to this simple mind are the length of fifty centuries of Chinese culture and source of all evil emanating of the Saint Catholic Church.
Present is also a love story, in which the female honor is given as the price and sacrifice for the liberty of the beloved prisoner. Also the love story is not any love story, although extremely vigorous as such also. The imprisoned innocent shares the fate with an old man of dissident religious belief. Follows a process of mutual firm friendship and learning.
The strong story ends tragically with the death of the young woman, unable to bear the heavy burden of payment. All others survive.
This masterpiece of Voltaire deserves its five stars by the clarity of story and the exitement it causes in readers' mind by the plain simplicity of its philosophy.