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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and pleasing to read, 15 Dec. 2014
R. Napier (Wiltshire England) - See all my reviews
This book does not come up easily on an Amazon UK search, so I bought mine from Amazon France without realising it was available here. There is also some misinformation here that I'd like to correct.

As originally published, Montaigne's essays present problems even for native French speakers. Various approaches have been tried.

1) Modernise the spelling and punctuation. A big improvement but there are some words that have disappeared from the language and many more where the meanings have changed, so you're often unsure of the intended meaning.
2) In addition, change those words for the modern equivalents. Better still.
3) Reorganise and edit the material to form an anthology. More manageable but at the expense of losing the structure.

This edition follows option 2 and it is very well done.(Francais moderne does not mean 21st century French by the way; it means the written language as it has existed more or less since the early part of the 17th century.) The text has not been altered any more than necessary, so we still have the recognisable voice of Montaigne. The typeface is pleasing and a decent size and there are useful footnotes. This would be an excellent choice for anyone who can read modern French.

Now for the misinformation. The essays are complete, the note by Amazon about a reproduction of an earlier edition is inapplicable and the Kindle version appears to be of another edition.
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