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

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

Audiobook CD - 2011
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How does one live? How does one do the good or honorable thing, while flourishing and feeling happy? This question obsessed Renaissance writers, none more than Montaigne, perhaps the first truly modern individual. A nobleman, public official and wine-grower, he wrote free-roaming explorations of his thought and experience, unlike anything written before. He called them "essays," meaning "attempts" or "tries." Into them, 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, as well as the appalling events of the religious civil wars raging around him. The Essays was an instant bestseller and, over four hundred years later, Montaigne's honesty and charm still draw readers. This spirited biography relates the story of his life by way of the questions he posed and the answers he explored.
Publisher: Grand Haven, Mich. : Brilliance Audio, p2011
Edition: Library ed
ISBN: 9781455815487
Branch Call Number: 844.3 MONTAIG BAKEWEL CD
Characteristics: 11 sound discs (ca. 13 hr., 33 min.) : digital, 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Porter, Davina
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Mar 23, 2012

Not a bad book but can be long and draining at times. The 20 answers to How to Live are:

Don't worry about death;
Pay attention;
Be born;
Read a lot, forget most of what you read, and be slow witted; Survive love and loss;
Use little tricks;
Question everything;
Keep a private room behind the shop;
Be convivial;
Live with others;
Wake from the sleep of habit; live temperately;
Guard your humanity;
Do something no one has done before;
See the world;
Do a good job, but not too good a job;
Philosophize only by accident; Reflect on everything,
Regret nothing;
Give up control;
Be ordinary and imperfect;
Let life be its own answer.


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