"Reminiscent of John Barth’s Sotweed Factor – and equally accomplished, Gary Anderson’s Best of All Possible Worlds is a sustained comic delight. Masterful, outrageous, teeming with exotic incidents and characters, Anderson’s novel is a richly inventive elaboration of a small detail in Voltaire’s Candide."
- Terry Bazes, author of Lizard World
"...raucous and terribly inventive... Is it Barth or Pynchon?"
- David B. Lentz, author of Bloomsday
A re-telling of the Jacques the Anabaptist episode, from Voltaire's classic satire, Candide, Best of All Possible Worlds follows Jakob and Robrecht Onderdonk, two brothers living antithetical lives. Jakob, after abandoning life as a sailor, is on a quest to live a more edifying life on land, while Robrecht is determined to fully embrace a sinful life at sea. Like Candide, Best of All Possible Worlds explores, with a comic air of irreverence and a witty dose of the absurd, the universal problem of evil in a world created by a perfect God.