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- Refreshingly thrilling.
1991, Italo Calvino; Martin McLaughlin, transl., “Candide, or Concerning Narrative Rapidity”, in Why Read the Classics?, New York, N.Y.: Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, published 2014, ISBN 978-0-544-14637-2, page 103:
- What most delights us today in Candide is not the 'conte philosophique', nor its satire, nor the gradual emergence of a morality and vision of the world: instead it is its rhythm. With rapidity and lightness, a succession of mishaps, punishments and massacres races over the page, leaps from chapter to chapter, and ramifies and multiplies without evoking in the reader's emotions anything other than a feeling of an exhilarating and primitive vitality.
2012 April 29, Nathan Rabin, “The Simpsons (Classic): ‘Treehouse Of Horror III’”, in The A.V. Club, archived from the original on 17 October 2016:
- Writing a "Treehouse Of Horror" segment has to be both exhilarating and daunting. It's exhilarating because it affords writers all the freedom in the world.