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Margaret

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  • The Complete Essays of Montaigne

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Donald M. Frame (translator)
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (82)

    “A faithful translation is rare; a translation which preserves intact the original text is very rare; a perfect translation of Montaigne appears impossible. Yet Donald Frame has realized this feat. One does not seem to be reading a translation, so smooth and easy is the style; at each moment, one seems to be listening to Montaigne himself - the freshness of his ideas, the unexpected choice of words. Frame has kept everything.” (Andre Maurois, The New York Times Book Review)

    andrew says: "A lifetime companion"
    "Spend some enjoyable time with Michel de Montaigne"
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    If you could sum up The Complete Essays of Montaigne in three words, what would they be?

    Meet yourself here.


    What other book might you compare The Complete Essays of Montaigne to and why?

    In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust

    Both are long, basically autobiographical works. Though Proust is writing a novel, and Montaigne essays (the form he is credited with initiating), both move through the lives, experiences and reflections of the writers referencing contemporary historical events and social environments. The books share a fearless intimacy relative to personal habits, tastes and psychological states as well as generalizations about the nature of humankind.

    Surprising to me, both works are quite funny in parts.


    What does Christopher Lane bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Christopher Lane is an excellent reader. It's great to listen to the essays while doing menial tasks or relaxing at the end of the day.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    An utter delight for fans of eight hour films


    Any additional comments?

    Experts seem to concur that Donald Frame's is the best English language translation.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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