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How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at An Answer

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Brilliant, original, funny and moving — a vivid portrait of Montaigne, showing how his ideas gave birth to our modern sense of our inner selves, from Shakespeare's plays to the dilemmas we face today.

How to get on well with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love — such questions arise in most people's lives. They are all versions of a b
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Hardcover, 387 pages
Published February 16th 2010 by Chatto & Windus
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Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Voici un livre vraiment captivant. Sarah Bakewell nous propose une oeuvre qui raconte à la fois la vie de Montaigne et sa pensée philosophique. Une oeuvre érudite mais très accessible qui fait le lien entre les grands penseurs de la période helléniste qui ont influencé Montaigne et jusqu'à l'influence qu'il exerça lui-même sur des dizaines de générations de penseurs à travers les siècle. Un livre inspirant, qui nous donne envie d'aller séance tenante se procurer les 3 tomes des Essais de Montaig ...more
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Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Un livre remarquable sur Montaigne. Le livre, contrairement à ce que laisse supposer son titre, ne traite pas que de la vie et la pensée de Montaigne mais aussi de l'historiographie autour des Essais, ce qui amène parfois des longueurs et des digressions. Le contexte politique des guerres de religion m'a paru parfois un peu caricatural mais ce n'est pas vraiment le cœur du livre. Cela reste un livre très bien documenté, dense et très intéressant à lire. ...more
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Sarah Bakewell was a bookseller and a curator of early printed books at the Wellcome Library before publishing her highly acclaimed biographies The Smart, The English Dane, and the best-selling How to Live: A Life of Montaigne, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography. In addition to writing, she now teaches in the Masters of Studies in Creative Writing at Kellogg College, Un ...more

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