How to Live when you live in a great big chateau

Sarah Bakewell’s How to Live: Or a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer is, as has been suggested by many reviewers, a delightful introduction to the French essayist. And it is an encouragement to look at life, as Montaigne did, with careful scrutiny but also a sense of humour. However, it is fairly easy to advise, as Montaigne does, that for all the scrutiny we should get on with life and enjoy ourselves when we are living in a huge chateau in the countryside with an income that allows us to sit in a book-lined tower all day pondering and writing.montaigne chateau

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