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on 15 August 2015
Inside look into Montaigne's mind and thinking. Good bedside reading. Good selections, you don't need the complete works in my opinion this is enough.
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on 27 July 2016
An earlier version of the very lengthy tome. It has a quality of timeless historical style. Montaigne is always rewarding to dip into.
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on 1 November 2017
Written testament and first published in the 16th century - and still deeply relevant today - you must own and read a copy of this !!
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on 16 February 2018
Not an easy read but contains some sound thoughts
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on 4 March 2016
Lovely to just dip into from time to time. What a man!
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on 17 January 2016
Excellent
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on 3 December 2014
This is the old Penguin translation from 1958 of a selection of Montaigne's essays. The complete essays translated by Michael Screech in 1987 are perhaps better for both fullness, style, and annotations which reflect the various editions.

Montaigne himself is often random, possibly rambling, and yet full of unexpected pleasures. Drawing on his classical reading particularly, perhaps, Seneca and Cicero, Montaigne captures his thoughts in an enlightening and entertaining style, and his subject, as he states in his 'To The Reader', is himself.

Frequently explored as one of the founding texts of a modern sense of subjectivity, Montaigne takes a humanist view of the world, but uses it to make sense of who and what he is.

So this may not be a cover-to-cover read for everyone, but is perhaps a friendly companion for life.
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on 20 August 2017
I am ashamed to say that I don't like Montaigne having tried several of the essays in the book. This may say more about me than this classic essayist but I was expecting to find them to be accessible and relevant because that is what so many writers and critics have said about Montaigne over the years. I found them to be hard work, opaque and almost incomprehensible so I threw in the towel after about 4 essays.

I think you need to try them for yourself. I appear to be a lone voice here. It's a well set out edition and good value for the complete collection.
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on 23 June 2013
A fascinating glimpse of an earlier era. Very interesting thoughts on education and health but rather disconcerting views on the role of women.
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on 21 October 2014
Montaigne is excellent. Buy it.
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