How to Live : A Life of Montaigne in one question and twenty attempts at an answer
by Sarah Bakewell
Editor: Vintage Publishing
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How to get good with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to the loss of someone you loveHow to liveThis obsessed question of the Renaissance of noble Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-92), who wrote of free mindfulness explorations of his thought and experience, contrary to what is written beforeIn these essays, he put everything that was in his head: his taste for wine and food, memories of his childhood, his dog, the ears to cry out when he was dreaming, the events in the terrible civil wars raging around him.The Essays was a bestseller, and more than four hundred years later, readers still come from him in search of companionship, wisdom and entertainment, in search of themselves.This first complete biography of Montaigne in English for nearly fifty years, tells the story of his life through the questions he asked and the answers he explored.
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