At The Existentialist Cafe

Reading books about philosophy is normally as exciting as watching a traffic signal change, but Sarah Bakewell will change all that for you.  Born 53 years ago in the coastal town of Bournemouth, here is a dash of her British wit in relating a personal discovery of Montaigne that resulted in her prior book, How to Live.

Rarely can you get the true flavor of a book from a book review, but Janet Maslin does a superb job of doing just that in her New York Times piece on Bakewell’s latest contribution, At The Existentialist Cafe.  I bumped into the book on Friday morning while perusing new hardbacks at B&N, and have only been able to put it down over the weekend with great difficulty.  It reads like a novel, and the way in which it brings philosophical giants to life is lyrical.  Sorry to tempt you with yet another reading choice, but this book is really good mind candy.

About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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2 Responses to At The Existentialist Cafe

  1. doctuhdon says:

    Thanks for the personal recommendation. I won’t consider reading a book if it’s not on the MEAT OF THE PRESS show !

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