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Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

About the Author

Born in 1533, Montaigne studied law and spent a number of years working as a counsellor before devoting his life to reading, writing and reflection. He died in 1586. Dr M.A. Screech is regarded as the world's greatest authority on Montaigne.
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Product Details

  • Series: Penguin Classics
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (May 3, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140446028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140446029
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Diego Banducci on December 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
Over the years I have kept a copy of the Essays by my favorite reading chair to be enjoyed at random, particularly in the middle of the night when Entropy seems to hold the upper hand. They exercise a remarkable calming effect.

Seduced by the idea of having a complete set of all the Essays, I initially opted for the complete Screech translation, but found it wooden and pedantic. I moved to the Cohen translation, which does not include all of the Essays, but has all of the major ones and is far more enjoyable.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Cooper VINE VOICE on August 11, 2011
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What a wonderful book to have on the bookshelf. It took me about a year and half to read it, as I would leisurely consume an essay or two while between books, or if I was just looking for a pleasant respite from my other reading. Montaigne is every bit as readable, fascinating and wise as the judgment of history has deemed him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Farrell on September 4, 2013
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Worthwhile reading It was a gift to a philosopher friend, and he's enjoying it a great deal. Montaigne is great for older people.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAME on October 27, 2005
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Montaigne goes on his adventures of mind, and explores worlds seemingly far from his own , and yet always somehow leads us back to himself. His digressions and his ramblings in thought mark a new stage of discovery in the human mind's quest to know and understand itself. Like his great contemporary Shakespeare he belongs to an old world dying, and a new world not yet quite born which he in straddling makes anew.

Whatever the subject he opens up for those who come after a new way of thinking and exploring.
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