Here’s some notes on a book I haven’t yet read, but which I’m very much looking forward to reading. The book in question is “How to Live, A Life of Montaigne” by Sarah Bakewell. Tom Cunliffe of A Common Reader has written about it here. In his review he point to something which is very important to me right now, but something I haven’t really found the right words for, but Tom has:
What have I learned from Montaigne? Well perhaps it confirms my belief that the best place to learn the lessons of life is in the everyday. There is enough material in daily “stuff” to provide a lifetime of philosophy, but few people actually reflect on the circumstances of their life and what happens to them. I’m reminded of Henry David Thoreau, another philosopher of the domestic world, who when asked if he had travelled much, replied, “I have travelled a great deal in Concord County”.
My Concord County: The Ogna river, Jæren
My present reading, which focuses on essayistic nature writing, preferable written in a strong personal tone, is in fact very much dealing with the everyday. Even when the writers are talking about big expedition to unexplored territories, it’s all very much about discovering one self, and the world close at hand.
(ps: I shall not make it a habit to write about books I haven’t read!)