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Too long for a short introduction, and more detail than I needed as a general reader!
on 28 April 2017
I'm not entirely sure whether this was time well spent or not. Sometimes the book made me stop and think; I was particularly taken with the idea of the tips and tricks that Montaigne practised to manage his own moods and emotions - sort of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy before its time. Some of the historical background is interesting, but you'd have to be an absolute Montaigne completist to want to read about critical reception down through the ages or the history of different translations. I think I'd have been better off reading the man himself. This was not unenjoyable but it often felt like the critical introduction that you get in the front of some editions, blown out far beyond the length it needed to be.