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  1. From the back of the book : The Smart is a true drama of eighteenth century life with a mercurial, mysterious heroine. Caroline is a young Irish woman who runs off to marry a soldier, comes to London and slides into a glamorous life as high-class prostitute, a great risk-taker, possessing a mesmerising appeal. This is also a history of the epoch in which Caroline's life takes place. She is involved in the most scandalous financial sting of the age and becomes notorious because of it. Her fellow conspirators (both men and identical twins) are sentenced to hang but Caroline wal
  2. This is Sarah Bakewell's first book. It is indeed a life of Montaigne. The book is split into twenty chapters each one an attempt to answer the one question (How To Live). Montaigne was a sixteenth century philosopher, although he would not have said so himself. As far as he was concerned he was just writing down and publishing his thoughts. What you might call blogging in the 1500's. The book cites Montaigne's influences as well as his life and is utterly fascinating. The prose is lively and accessible and the research, as far as I can make out, is very well don
  3. I have no idea why Sarah Bakewell chose such a ridiculously long title but there it is. This is actually a history of Existentialism. This book is clear (and concise!) and very well written, split into chapters that tell of the development of Existentialism from it's beginnings and that which influenced it to the present day. Including those who influenced and helped to develop it. In so doing the book does provide an explanation of what Existentialism is which is easy to understand. Along the way the author takes into account the first World War and the second World War and what both of tho
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