How to Live Reviews
"Because Montaignes capacious mirror still captivates many, this insightful life study will win high praise from both scholars and general readers." - Booklist
"This charming biography shuffles incidents from Montaigne's life and essays into twenty thematic chapters...Bakewell clearly relishes the anthropological anecdotes that enliven Montaigne's work, but she handles equally well both his philosophical influences and the readers and interpreters who have guided the reception of the essays." - The New Yorker
"Ms. Bakewell's new book, How to Live, is a biography, but in the form of a delightful conversation across the centuries." - The New York Times
"Extraordinary...a miracle of complex, revelatory organization, for as Bakewell moves along she provides a brilliant demonstration of the alchemy of historical viewpoint." - Boston Globe
"In How to Live, an affectionate introduction to the author, Bakewell argues that, far from being a dusty old philosopher, Montaigne has never been more relevant- a 16th-century blogger, as she would have it - and so must be read, quite simply, 'in order to live'...Bakewell is a wry and intelligent guide." - The Daily Beast
"This book will have new readers excited to be acquainted to Montaigne's life and ideas, and may even stir their curiosity to read more about the ancient Greek philosophers who influenced his writing. How to Live is a great companion to Montaigne's essays, and even a great stand-alone." - San Francisco Book Review
"Starred Review. [Bakewell reveals] one of literature's enduring figures as an idiosyncratic, humane, and surprisingly modern force." - Publisher's Weekly
"Splendidly conceived and exquisitely written ... enormously absorbing." - Sunday Times
"An intellectually lively treatment of a Renaissance giant and his world." - Saturday Telegraph
"Like recent books on Proust, Joyce, and Austen, How to Live skillfully plucks a life-guide from the incessant flux of Montaigne's prose ... A superb, spirited introduction to the master." - The Guardian
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