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On Friendship (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Paperback – September 6, 2005

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M. A. Screech is an emeritus fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He is recognized as a world authority on the Renaissance and was inducted into the French Legion of Honor for his translation of Montaigne���s Essays.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (September 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143036297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143036296
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.5 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Steve Burns VINE VOICE on July 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
This material was written by Michel de Montaigne in the sixteenth century. It is a collecton of seven philophical essays. One is devoted to each of the following subjects: friendship, not being judgemental, the art of conversation, idleness, paternal affection towards their children, moderation, the nature of happiness while living.
I found this to be a very easy to read and enlightening collection of philosophy, that I believe you will enjoy also. The author of this work was very influential to many thinkers through out the centuries down to our time. This book was cited by a recent book I read by Joseph Epstein, Friendship, an expose.

"When the soul is without a definite aim she gets lost; for, as they say, if you are everywhere you are nowhere."

"I hold that you will never achieve by force what you cannot achieve by reason, intelligence and skill."

If you enjoyed the above examples you will love this book.
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Format: Paperback
Like all of the other Penguin Classic Books series, this text is absolutely gorgeous and significant, inside and out. The cover is lushly decorated and the writing is a classic work that is an easy read. This is a definite must for one's personal library.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Montaigne's 'On Friendship' published in this Penguin 'Great Ideas' series is, at least in the title essay, absolute romanticised crap (friendship only occurs once every three hundred years, he was the once, women are incapable of it, it's the divine unification of souls, it proceeds in a perfect, uniform, calm, even harmony a etc.) and so far devoid of any merit except a kind of highbrow classical allusive style behind which any semblance of accuracy or reality is hidden.

Interesting to me that Montaigne, beloved of good contemporary writers like Paul Theroux, actually wrote hogwash along with whatever else he wrote that had merit.

We may thus disrespect and disavow the saints of the intellectual canon, we take any idea on its merit.

On the other hand as he writes of his special friendship like a star struck lover with a passion that is unusually mellow, as he and his friend lose themselves entirely in each other I begin to feel sympathy for the poetry of it all. Even if it's imaginary. It's friendship written about like lovers. Obviously moving to him.
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