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03 August 2011

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Yeah, and you died at 38, so not much retirement to enjoy . . . .

No, age 59 is when he died, right? Gotta check Wikipedia and my math. Not a long life, still, but that way he got a couple of decades of "retirement."

He may have, but my point was that retirement at 37 doesn't mean much if you die at 38 . . .

True, Sarah, but it would maybe be worse to work until 61 or 62 and then retire at 63? Or so it seems to me anyway. But I have a bad attitude about work.

I'm with you on this one.

This book has gotten so many great reviews, but I found it... OK. There were parts that really jazzed me up, but much of it just felt a bit dull.

Unruly,
Well, I think part of the problem may have been with me--I actually think this was a really good bio, written well and in a different way (which I always appreciate, particularly in biographies). It DID give me the urge to stop reading it and instead go read some Montaigne himself--which I think also marks it as a good bio, even though I didn't finish it. Does that make any sense? I like books that inspire you to read something else, even if it means you don't finish the source material right then.

You might also like to read "When I Am Playing with My Cat, How do I Know That She Is Not Playing With Me? Montaigne and Being in touch With Life" by Saul Frampton (2011)

Hedy,
You're right, I might!! thanks for the suggestion.

I just thought of something, re: the cat and Montaigne. Have you ever read Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe books? Remember when Zaphod and Trillian are visiting the (supposed) man who really runs the universe, who's trying to figure out if his cat actually exists, etc.? Is that a play on Montaigne?
(I'm explaining that badly. If you've not read the Adams books, never mind.)

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