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How to Live (Hardcover)

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I had never loved Montaigne. I had wanted to, but there was something just so ... pointlessly talkative ... about him. I enjoyed the words, but there never seemed to be anything he had to say to me. To my life.And then I read this book.Sarah Bakewell is fully in control of this story of a man; his life; his world in society and history and the many ways his words have wandered around and across subjects, each other and the lives and thoughts of countless readers since the sixteenth century.Four hundred years of readers can't all be wrong. Peer pressure aside, what I found in these pages is a story that allowed me, its reader, to happily ponder the biggest question that I have ever known to ask: how do I live a life worth living, anyway? And the answer?Well, you'll have to read the book to find out. 

— Jonesey

December 2010 Indie Next List


“Bakewell has written a thoroughly engaging look at the life and work of Michel de Montaigne, whose incessantly questioning approach to life is both remarkably modern and usefully instructive, even though he composed his famous essays more than 400 years ago.”
— Dale Szczeblowski, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA

Winter 2019 Reading Group Indie Next List


“This is a vibrant and erudite engagement with Montaigne’s interrogation of his experience that somehow balances earnestness and cleverness while honoring the nuance of Montaigne’s thought. A book that lives up to its seemingly ironic title, teaching us to live a little more fully and a little more humbly.”
— Jeff Deutsch, Seminary Co-Op Bookstore, Chicago, IL



Product Details
ISBN: 9787556119387
ISBN-10: 7556119386
Publisher: Hu Nan Ren Min Chu Ban She/Tsai Fong Books
Publication Date: June 1st, 2018
Language: Chinese