How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in one question and twenty attempts at an answer
How to get on well with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love? How to live?
This question obsessed Renaissance nobleman Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-92), who wrote free-roaming explorations of his thought and experience, unlike anything written before. Into these essays he put whatever was in his head: his tastes in wine and food, his childhood memories, the way his dog's ears twitched when it was dreaming, events in the appalling civil wars raging around him. The Essays was an instant bestseller, and over four hundred years later, readers still come to him in search of companionship, wisdom and entertainment - and in search of themselves.
This first full biography of Montaigne in English for nearly fifty years relates the story of his life by way of the questions he posed and the answers he explored.
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Review: How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at An AnswerUser Review - Genevieve - Goodreads
Michel de Montaigne: Definitely on my list of famous-people-I'd-like-to-have-dinner-with. I was surprised to learn that Montaigne started writing pretty late in life—not until after he'd reach the ... Read full review
Review: How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at An AnswerUser Review - Riku Sayuj - Goodreads
Bakewell's work is too structured and readable to be a modern re-mix of Montaigne! Bakewell takes us through Montaigne's life even as we are taken through the essays and their evolution. To top it off ... Read full review