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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional, 3 Sep 2007
This review is from: The Complete Essays (Paperback)
It's difficult to overstate the brilliance of this book. Montaigne's essays (or 'trials', or 'attempts') have something for everyone: they're enlightening, they're touching, and frequently they're laugh-out-loud funny. It seems absurd to call a 1300-page book an easy read, but Screech's modern translation makes the Renaissance writer accessible to all. The index comes in handy too, since the titles Montaigne gives his essays are often misleading.

Buy a copy and keep it on your bedside table. The Essays make ideal night time reading.

Edit: I can't help but notice that in the 'Customers Who Bought This Item...' section, everything listed is a set text on a certain Open University course. I nevertheless remain hopeful that the glowing reviews on this page will be read by a few who aren't already obligated to buy this particular translation!
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Initial post: 10 Jan 2009 10:05:16 GMT
Popular OU courses have five thousand people on them, so they are bound to swell the numbers! Also, a general reader who buys Montaigne is unlikely to buy the same 'other books' as another general reader. So the 'other books' are almost bound to be set books, as several students will buy their set books at the same time. It would only take a few OU students to buy them at the same time to introduce this bias. This, of course, introduces the danger of the amazon reader being directed to some awful secondary material!

Why shouldn't those 'already obligated to buy this particular translation' be as deserving of reading 'glowing reviews' as anyone else?

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2009 00:34:47 GMT
You're right, of course, about the 'customers also bought...' stuff; I hadn't really thought that through! I just like the idea of the reviews on here prompting fence-sitters to give the book a go. :)
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