Saturday, January 07, 2012

My Saturday Snapshot






















I received a terrific book (t.y.L.i.I.) for my birthday in December, and I've finally gotten around to reading it.
How To Live or A Life of Montaigne: In One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer.
That's quite the subtitle, I know.
Montaigne was a French philosopher/essayist of the 16th Century, and this biography by Sarah Bakewell explores his life and ideas. For Montaigne, learning to live "appropriately" (a propos) is the "great and glorious masterpiece" of human life.
I took this photo with my little statue of Rodin's Thinker, looking on -- as this is most exemplary of my own posture and attitude as I turn these pages.

Many thanks to Alyce from At Home With Books for hosting this great meme called The Saturday Snapshot.
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17 comments:

Trish said...

That's quite a book! I like the concept of 'living appropriately.' It's more realistic and sustainable than striving for a 'best life' kind of thing.

Staci said...

I think more of us need to contemplate 'living appropriately'

Margaret @ BooksPlease said...

A book to make you think, by the look of it.

Louise said...

That sounds an intriguing book. I'm trying to learn more about Paris, France and famous French folks (although I've been starting with Joan of Arc). It sure is some subtitle. I'm also impressed that you read your present book. For some reason I never seem to get around to reading the books I get as presents, and it drives my husband crazy- and he won't buy me books any more!

Kay said...

I love the look of the whole photo. Gold everywhere, which means treasure right?

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I like the creative posing...and the book looks awesome!

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rhapsodyinbooks said...

Great combo of the book and the statue! (Because you probably had to resist putting "How to Live" next to a starbucks cup!)

Lisa said...

An interesting pairing, to be sure. Glad you're enjoying the book -- certainly sounds like it will give you a lot to think about.

Paulita said...

Okay, I'm impressed with your reading and your thinking. Hope you enjoy the book. Here's Mine

Alyce said...

To me it looks like a couch in the background, with the statue next to it, which then makes the book look enormous. :) It sure does seem like a deep thinking book, so a very appropriate setup of the photo.

Cipriano said...

Thank you all for dropping in to The Puddle.
Wishing you a great weekend.
-- Cip The Thinker

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

The color and shading is unusual. very nice.

Nise' said...

LOL, I had the same thought as rhaposdyinbooks!

Marie said...

Love this photo! I love the composition and how everything is monotone. Great job.

Melwyk said...

The color of this photo is quite amazing. And also amazing is the fact that not five minutes before visiting you, I heard of this book for the first time. It's fate...I must now read it in 2012!

Book Savvy Babe said...

Sounds like a book with an excellent life philosophy, love your pic too, especially the gold :) Book Savvy Babe

Stefanie said...

Like the snap. How'd you get everything so goldeny-y? I got the books last year not long after it came out but just couldn't fit it in to my reading. I am hoping to do it this year since I love Montaigne's essays.