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MONTAIGNE / essays (Complete with Table of Contents) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 3201 KB
  • Print Length: 1427 pages
  • Publisher: POPULAR CLASSICAL BOOKS (October 8, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 8, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NNTUBA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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The essays of Michel de Montaigne, who lived from 1533 to 1592, is a universal classic that created a new literary genre and is one of the founding works of modern philosophy. Despite the depth and erudition of the author's writing, Montaigne's essays remain a work accessible and enjoyable, gaining my attention because addresses topics of current and general interest, such as education of children, love, marriage, war, fear, cruelty, loneliness, addiction, religion and preparation for death. This book is not recommended for fast readers, but a reflexive reader will really enjoy this book. Reading Montaigne's essays made me rethink many things in my life. Not all essays are for everybody, and you may feel free to jump one or another. Sometimes, the ideas are not easy to grasp, but the effort is worth. Montaigne has become a good friend of mine and I recommend this book to anyone who wants to better understand himself and humanity.
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This is the notorious 1887 Charles Cotton translation -- undocumented in the title. ANY translation but this! Incomprehensibly incoherent. Egads!
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That's all I can say. The text is nearly incomprehensible. Sentences running on and on.... I once had a hard copy of Montaigne's essays and thought this would be of the same caliber. I was, of course, wrong.
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This is a work that I first read in college and was captured by the practical good sense he displayed. I revisit the work every few years and feel at this point I've become a close friend of his. Donald Murdoch Frame, a now deceased Harvard scholar, has translated both the essays and notebooks into English and has as well, written a very good biography of the man which I include in my rereading. I include Blaise Pascal's Pensees as well, a pairing I first encountered in Gilbert Highet's book entitled The Classical Tradition. I am glad to recommend this habit to any soul wanting to learn, and continue to learn. Thanks
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Montaigne remains without peer in the genre of the personal essay; after all, he invented it. But, like so many other inventors, it takes time and effort to pick out the best of the gems. Philip Lopate has done this for us in "The Art of the Personal Essay" and you can save a lot of trouble by getting your Montaigne there instead of here. But if you are as enthralled with Montaigne as I am, you won't be satisfied that you understand him unless you, as I did, read it all right here. My advice is: read Lopate first. You'll get the best of Montaigne and the best of the rest more quickly. But beware as you might fall in love with Montaigne and even take up writing personal essays yourself. That happened to me.
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By Klaus Moritz on September 20, 2014
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Very badly mangled text in this edition
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Montaigne is a kindred spirit of mine. The man is brilliant. And that is all there is too it. One note: The ideas and philosophy/disuccsion of his makes me smile at every other turn of the page. Warning: maybe it is the conversion from French to English (i don't know, i'm a poor and pathetic monoliguist), but it seems excessively wordy sometimes (yeah, i know how that sounds) but he gives you a history lesson with every lecture. Ahhh, Montaigne! You mad mad genius.
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