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This question obsessed Renaissance writers, none more than Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, perhaps the first recognizably modern individual. A nobleman, public official, and winegrower, he wrote free-roaming explorations of his thought and experience, unlike anything written before. He called them essays, meaning attempts or tries. He put whatever was in his head into them: 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 best seller and, over four hundred years later, Montaigne's honesty and charm still draw readers to him. They come in search of companionship, wisdom, and entertainment - and in search of themselves.This book, a spirited and singular biography, relates the story of Montaigne's life by way of the questions he posed and the answers he explored. It traces his bizarre upbringing, his youthful career and sexual adventures, his travels, and his friendships with the scholar and poet Étienne de La Boétie and with his adopted daughter, Marie de Gournay. And we also meet his readers - who for centuries have found in Montaigne an inexhaustible source of answers to the haunting question, How to live?

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anna Maria Ballester Bohn | 2/15/2014

    " Extremely well written, very entertaining, thought provoking. An excellent book that also has a few lough-out-loud moments hidden between it's pages, like the part about the "cannibal chic" or saying that Lawrence Sterne's "Tristram Shandy" is like "Montaigne on speed". Genius, that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Linda | 2/5/2014

    " A great diversion at lunch! I read about a chapter on my break, and felt refreshed for the second half of the day. I think Montaigne and I would have enjoyed good conversations. You will, too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Adam Bricker | 1/15/2014

    " I won this book a few months back and have been working my way through since then. Not to say it isn't interesting, I just kept finding other books that I wanted to read more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jeb | 1/13/2014

    " Loved it. Great introduction to Montaigne. And I'll make sure to read all of Sarah Bakewell's books from now on. "

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