How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at An Answer
Publish date: February 16th 2010
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Pages no: 387
Edition language: English
, Literary Fiction
, Self Help
, Biography Memoir
Who amongst us doesn't love books about French thought from the 16th century? This book is not really a biography. The biographical parts are mostly to put Montaigne's writings and thoughts in to the context of the time period so that the contingent meanings for his essays come through in the narrat...
A completely engrossing read. Each chapter deals with specific subjects from Montaigne's 'Essays' but it does so in the context of his life. Extremely well-written and yet achieves that rare feat of being accessible.
A lively and interesting history of Montaigne (the man), his legacy, and his ideas. If Blakewell seems to infuse her opinion, it makes the whole thing just that more Montaignian. Plus, it is one of my all time favorite book titles. Plenty to enjoy, plenty to learn, plenty to love. Also, an excellent...
Despite some initial warning signs (enumerated list, self help), the fantastic cover art and the fact that this book is about Montaigne drew me in. I've started reading his Essays several times and always bailed for one reason or another. I picked this up hoping it would give me some context and get...
I saw the author speak at the Boston Book Festival and I loved her talk/panel contributions. But I guess I'm just not a philosophy reader. It was well written and engaging, but just not my subject matter. Each chapter seemed like the one before to some extent in my mind, so I decided to end halfway ...