When I Am Playing With My Cat How Do I Know She Is Not Playing With Me?: Montaigne and Being in Touch With Life (Paperback) by Frampton Saul
In the year 1570 at the age of thirty-seven Michel de Montaigne gave up his job as a magistrate and retired to his chateau to brood on his own private grief - the deaths of his best friends his father his brother and most recently his first-born child. But finding his mind agitated rather than settled by this idleness Montaigne began to write giving birth to the Essays - short prose explorations of an amazing variety of topics. And gradually over the course of his writing Montaigne began to turn his back upon his stoical pessimism and engage in a new philosophy of life in which living is to be embraced in all its sensory exuberant vitality - the smell of his doublet the pleasures of friendship the intelligence of his cat and the flavour of his wine. Saul Frampton offers a celebration of perhaps the most joyful and yet profound of all Renaissance writers whose work went on to have a huge impact on Shakespeare and whose writings offer a user's guide to existence even to the present day.