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  • The OPTIMISTS Alternative


Anthonolgy of five stories, inspired by Voltaire's "Candide", and all concerning people who con themselves or others using optimism. In the first tale a travelling hypnotist arrives in a run-down village and offers his powers as a means of boosting the villagers' confidence. In the second tale a wealthy foundry owner rapes the daughter of one of his workers, the latter coming after him with a gun. However he manages to turn things to his advantage. In the third, a young man gambles the money his uncle had saved up for his father's funeral and does a deal with an elderly professional gambler at the local casino. In the fourth a doctor with good intentions frees a boy locked up by his father, who feared his son was violent and deranged. In the fifth a busload of people looking for spiritual and physical healing are driven to an isolate location and left by a con man.

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