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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,296 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michel Eyquem de Montaigne Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN:
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A faithful translation is rare; a translation which preserves intact the original text is very rare; a perfect translation of Montaigne appears impossible. Yet Donald Frame has realized this feat. One does not seem to be reading a translation, so smooth and easy is the style; at each moment, one seems to be listening to Montaigne himself - the freshness of his ideas, the unexpected choice of words. Frame has kept everything. (Andre Maurois, The New York Times Book Review)

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 2/4/2014

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    " Ok, to be honest, just read like a couple of essays for my lit. course. But he's a great author, and his essays are full of irony and political interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 12/13/2013

    " I am always reading from this, never finished, never from cover to cover, just dipping in periodically. This is one of my favorite philosophical and essayistic works. But I've finally at least finished this selection of his essays (probably about a third of his total). Loved it, and loved taking notes on it. Can't believe how much my temperament overlaps with such an insightful philosopher. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil | 12/7/2013

    " It's like receiving a dual degree in Practical Philosophy and Latin from the coolest professor ever. I wish I had read this 5 years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Fogleman | 11/24/2013

    " Read To the Reader; I, 31 (Of Cannibals); II, 11 (Of Cruelty); III, 2 (Of Repentance); III, 13 (Of Experience). Lots more to read when I have time! "

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    " I think he was playing with his cat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 4/7/2013

    " I don't think I read the essays in their entirety, but I did read his section on Education. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhett Talley | 3/13/2013

    " Pioneering prose. Huge impact on Emerson. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loly | 11/30/2012

    " Montaigne is like a benevolent old man just waiting on his porch for you to join him with a mint julip. He has endless tokens of wisdom wrapped up in the silly, the bizarre, the quaint, the delightful! "

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    " This is one of the few books that helped to open my mind and eyes! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 7/4/2012

    " This man speaks direct to my heart from four hundred years ago. Amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eleni | 3/24/2012

    " Love Montaigne! He may have been writing centuries ago but his voice is so strong, you feel like he's speaking directly to you with a relevance some current writers should envy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Guy Cranswick | 1/2/2012

    " This is something to read again and again at different times. The later essays are the best, at the outset his essays are like school work - deferring to authority, but later he develops his own ideas and reactions. "

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eleni | 7/28/2011

    " Love Montaigne! He may have been writing centuries ago but his voice is so strong, you feel like he's speaking directly to you with a relevance some current writers should envy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loly | 7/18/2011

    " Montaigne is like a benevolent old man just waiting on his porch for you to join him with a mint julip. He has endless tokens of wisdom wrapped up in the silly, the bizarre, the quaint, the delightful! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tyler | 7/2/2011

    " The first essayist, still without equal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil | 5/18/2011

    " It's like receiving a dual degree in Practical Philosophy and Latin from the coolest professor ever. I wish I had read this 5 years ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 4/8/2011

    " The father of the essay form still commands respect! Brilliant, modest, the prototypical flaneur who gave up his social status as Mayor of Bordeaux to think and write. Highly recommended to read, and reread, keeping a copy by the bedside at all times. "

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    " A Lucidez é aínda a Virtude a ser procurada em tempos de cinismo e preguiça mental. Ler Montaigne é dar alento à melancolia saudável, a inteligência não dolorida pela tristeza. "

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    " Original leather bound Third Edition print from Cotton in London; published 1711 "

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