Essays, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Reflections by the creator of the essay form display the humane, skeptical, humorous, and honest views of Montaigne, revealing his thoughts on sexuality, religion, cannibals, intellectuals, and other unexpected themes.

Included are such celebrated works as "On Solitude," "To Philosophize Is to Learn How to Die," and "On Experience."


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Literary essays
  • ISBN: 9780140178975

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Montaigne comes across as a tolerant man, interested in a huge range of subjects, from cruelty, education and friendship to cannibals and the custom of wearing clothes, but he always comes back to the necessity of knowing and understanding yourself.My favourite chapter was 'On Vehicles', in which he discussed his travel sickness (with which I can truly sympathise, being extremely prone to it myself), moving on to a discussion of why it is not a good idea for princes to be too liberal with their subjects' money, the extravagances of the Roman circuses and the barbaric behaviour of the Spanish conquistadors in the Americas, before returning to the subject of vehicles.<i>Now I cannot stand for long - and found it even more difficult to stand in my youth - either a coach, a litter, or a boat, and I detest every means of travel except a horse, either in the town or country.<i>

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I rarely give up on books but i did so with this one. The writing is ponderous - the self-satisfied tone unrelenting. In short - brutal.

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