In 2007, Rhodes named his top 10 short books for the Guardian. One title on the list:
Candide by VoltaireRead about another entry on the list.
Reading a book as hilarious and intelligent as this, it's baffling to think that even now the use of humour in fiction is routinely mistaken for a lack of seriousness. And Voltaire knew when to stop (I'm prepared to believe that the lamentable sequel was written by an imposter).
Candide is a book Rolling Stone political columnist Matt Taibbi reads every couple of years. It is on John Mullan's list of ten of the best visits to Venice in literature.