The Classics Club Spin # 26

The Classics Club Spin # 26 has been chosen and it’s number 11 which means that by the 31st of May 2021 I have to read Montaigne’s Essays. I’ve had this book by my bedside since 2016 which is when I read How to Live – A Life of Montaigne by Sarah Bakewell. I really enjoyed that book and wanted to read more of what Montaigne had written, the thing that has been putting me off from the beginning is the fact that my copy of his essays is an old Penguin Classics paperback with really small print. I don’t need new specs, it’s just that after reading more modern books which have really big clear print I find the older editions uncomfortable to read to begin with, but I know that after reading just a few pages I’ll get used to it.

4 thoughts on “The Classics Club Spin # 26

    • Sandra,
      Thanks. I think I felt the same about these old paperbacks when I was younger, so it might not be an age thing – well that’s what I’m saying anyway!

  1. I have a serious problem with small print in older paperbacks, and especially remember some Penguin editions like that. Sometimes my eyes can adjust, sometimes not.

    I look forward to your review, I don’t much about Montaigne’s Essays.

    The book from my Spin List for No. 11 is The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford. I see you have read it so I will come back and check out your review when I am done reading it.

    • tracybham,
      I’m sure I enjoyed The Pursuit of Love although I don’t think it was my favourite from a Mitford.

      Nowadays there seems to be the opposite problem with books, some have such massive print that they almost seem like special large print volumes for people with sight problems. In reality we’re getting a 300 page book which could more comfortably be printed in 150 pages, so it’s really a novella, but not at the price of a novella.

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