Nel 1570, a trentasette anni, Michel de Montaigne diede le dimissioni dalla magistratura e si ritirò a vivere nel suo castello in Dordogna, nel Sud della Francia, a meditare e cercare di riprendersi dai recenti lutti che lo avevano colpito: la morte del migliore amico, del padre e del figlio primogenito. Sul soffitto della sua biblioteca scrisse una frase di Lucrezio, che sosteneva che non ci fosse alcun piacere in una lunga vita. Ma l'ozio, invece di calmare la sua mente, finisce per stimolarla e Montaigne comincia a scrivere, dando vita ai "Saggi", analisi brevi e fulminanti su una grande varietà di argomenti. E a poco a poco, nel corso della stesura della sua opera, Montaigne supera il proprio pessimismo storico ed elabora una nuova filosofia dell'esistenza. Cancella la frase di Lucrezio e comincia ad apprezzare la vita, soprattutto attraverso le sue manifestazioni sensoriali: la carezza di una persona cara, il profumo del suo stesso farsetto, l'intelligenza del suo gatto, il gusto di un buon bicchiere di vino... Saul Frampton in questo libro racconta uno dei più divertenti e profondi pensatori del Rinascimento, i cui scritti ancora oggi possono rappresentare per i lettori una guida per affrontare le difficoltà della vita quotidiana.
- ISBN: 8860880173
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 286
It's a cliche, but I sometimes judge a book by its cover. This one offers a clever design with the words "Cat" and "...Being in Touch with Life" in the title. I'm an almost single girl with three cats, trudging through the rough terrain of chronic illness and divorce. Like the cats, the book was com Leggi tutto
I am a sucker for a few kinds of books--books about Montaigne are one of them. The problem is that it can get hard to say anything new or to say the same things in new enough ways to make them interesting. I think this would be a wonderful introduction to Montaigne for someone who hasn't read about
I was inexplicably drawn to this book in Barnes and Noble, Union Square, New York. I'd never read anything about Montaigne before, before I have to admit that I am overly receptive to pretty covers, and attractive bindings. This is a lovely soft-covered book that is a joy to hold, and that probably
I picked up this book while visiting London, and it became one of the little joys of that trip. Intrigued by the title and the words "being in touch with life" in the title, I enjoyed this introduction to Montaigne. His approach to life and living were welcome thoughts I embraced and soaked up when
It's a bit hard to review this as I am not that familiar with the works of Montaigne. The author spends a great deal of effort trying to convince us that Montaigne is a very modern and relevant writer. Some sections work much better than others. I found the animal section unconvincing but was drawn i Leggi tutto
A couple of years ago, I bought a copy of the complete works of Michel de Montaigne for a family member to give to me for a birthday or Christmas (that's how gifts are given to me, unfortunately), can't remember which. Montaigne's name has been known to me for decades and many books reference him, s Leggi tutto
This reads like an academic thesis: it walks through and builds up arguments about Montaigne's context, influences, and perspectives in a rather formal, academic, almost thesis-like way. Although the approach doesn't really lend itself to casual reading, it wasn't dry and I thought it was informativ Leggi tutto
After thoroughly enjoying Sarah Bakewell's 'How to Live? A life of Montaigne in one question and twenty attempts at an answer' (q.v.)I'm on a Montaigne spree, and this book is another quite recent account of him. I like it but compared to the lively and engaging Bakewell book, it's a bit clunky and
I really loved this book. Like other reviewers mentioned, I initially picked it up due to the awesome cover. I loved learning more about Montaigne and the political culture of the time. As a classicist, I am already a little familiar with some of the ancient philosophers mentioned but it was fascina Leggi tutto
Good intro to Montaigne for a non-philosophy-reading guy like me. Frampton pulls out some choice quotes and expands upon them, something I wouldn't have been able to manage reading the original texts. Makes me want to read more (and more about) Montaigne. Side note: While reading a foreword to Treasur Leggi tutto
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