As a rule, I don't read a lot of dead people. My job is to find new authors, discover these new voices for you. I don't have a fantastic background in the classics. I was not a literature major. Sometimes, I feel like I might have missed out on some really great writing. Antoine Compagnon and the new nonfiction publishing imprint Europa Compass to the rescue! Montaigne is (I now know) the first to popularize the personal and critical essay. If not for him, we might not have David Sedaris, Caitlin Moran, and Ross Gay. He was a direct influence on Bacon, Nietzsche, and Rousseau. In these 40 short pieces, each about 2 pages long, Compagnon reveals that Montaigne's observations are just as relevant today as they were in 16th century France. This collection is thoughtful, engaging, and witty. Read small amounts at a time and just sit back and think about them a bit....relate them to the world as it is now. You'll be glad you did!— Kelly
Michel de Montaigne embodies the Humanist ideal. Curious, measured, contemplative yet not unworldly, witty, free of prejudice, and urbane. But what does Montaigne have to tell us about how to think and live today? In forty short, erudite and lively chapters written over a single summer, Antoine Compagnon seeks answers to that question.
In A Summer with Montaigne, Compagnon invites his readers to join him as he strolls through Montaigne's key contributions to our understanding of what is good and worthwhile in life. This engaging book, then, serves as both an introduction to Montaigne for readers unfamiliar with his work and a refresher for those who are already acquainted with his unique brilliance, vitality, and timeliness. Montaigne's Essays deal with themes that remain relevant today, from the problems posed by religion, war, power and friendship to the absurdity of our fixations and peccadillos. As accompanies readers through the Essays, Compagnon never pontificates and is never austere, rather he approaches Montaigne with a sense of humor, admiration, and joy.