Tuesday, 2 February 2010

How to Live

"Human beings are great believers in lies after death. It starts with undertakers, who prepare bodies to look like sleeping angels rather than rotting, pallid corpses. It ends with biographers, whose own noble lie is to turn the reality of life as one darn thing after another into a fantasy of a coherent narrative with a meaning."
Review of Sara Bakewell's How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer, publihsed in last weekend's FT (30/31 January)