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About the Author
Michel Eyquem, Seigneur de Montaigne, was born in 1533, the son and heir of Pierre, Seigneur de Montaigne (two previous children dying soon after birth). He was brought up to speak Latin as his mother tongue and always retained a Latin turn of mind; though he knew Greek, he preferred to use translations. After studying law he eventually became counselor to the Parlement of Bordeaux. He married in 1565. In 1569 he published his French version of the Natural Theology of Raymond Sebond; his Apology is only partly a defense of Sebond and sets skeptical limits to human reasoning about God, man and nature. He retired in 1571 to his lands at Montaigne, devoting himself to reading and reflection and to composing his Essays (first version, 1580). He loathed the fanaticism and cruelties of the religious wars of the period, but sided with Catholic orthodoxy and legitimate monarchy. He was twice elected Mayor of Bordeaux (1581 and 1583), a post he held for four years. He died at Montaigne (1592) while preparing the final, and richest, edition of his Essays.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
His writing is the most engaging I've read. His approach of interspersing his own thoughts with those acclaimed in history is wonderfully entertaining and educational. It reminds me of Indian commentarial literature (sastra). This is a rare mark of civilization, and bravery, to balance our own thoughts in writing with those of our history. It surely lends authenticity and durability to his ideas. Montaigne lived at the beginning of the great rational movement which has so clouded western thought, but his own thoughts move free and easily, apart from dogma on the one side, tunnel-vision on the other. It would be wonderful if modern writers could follow his lead in innovating on form, and shake the obsession with originality in content. After all, what don't we know?
Was Michel de Montaigne's obsession with the writers of antiquity more noble during his day or was it thought of as confounded as someone obsessing over writers of centuries past in a post-uber-modern cyborg simulated world, like I? Montaigne's passages on fear, happiness, anger, the shortness of life, the agony and ecstasy of life and more offer little a free-thinker has yet to thunk. His ideas on solitude offer the most insightful wisdom in this strange selection of essays that portray the thoughts of a man destined to live in solitude. anti-philosopher philosopher Montaigne is the prototype of of what Alain de Botton attempts to be. Although Botton is the Interpol of Montaigne's Joy Division (we should all recognize that all bands compared to Joy Division bare no semblance) this selection doesn't showcase the true OG Montaigne was but is rather an ode to his heroes and the trials and tribulations of those who inspired him. Not recommended.