8pm, 13th March – Montaigne by Stefan Zweig

Recommended to me (SD) with the following…

“There are two kinds of biographies: Long ones which tell you every fact about the person’s life and short ones which capture the person’s essence and the lessons of their life. This biography by Stefan Zweig is a brilliant, urgent and important example of the latter. What I would call a moral biography. That is, a book that teaches you how to live through the story of another person.

If you’ve been struggling with the onslaught of negative news and political turmoil, read Montaigne. Why? It’s the biography of man who retreated from the chaos of 16th century France to study himself, written by a man fleeing the chaos of 20th century Europe. When I say it’s timely, I mean that it’s hard to be a thinking person and not see alarming warning signs about today’s world while reading this book. Yet it also gives us a solution: Turn inward. Master yourself. Montaigne is one of humanity’s greatest treasures—a wise and insightful thinker who never takes himself too seriously.

This book helped me get through 2017, no question.”

 

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Author: cardiffread

We’re an informal book club that meets once a month at Canton Library and afterwards for a drink at Chapter Arts Centre in Canton, Cardiff. We’ve been running since March 2010 and are looking for new members all the time! Any queries, just send us a tweet @cardiffread or drop us a line on cardiffread@gmail.com Cheers! Steve, Laura & Emma

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