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On trying to keep still / Jenny Diski.

By: Diski, Jenny.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Little, Brown, 2006Description: 320 pages ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0316725250 (hbk.) :.Subject(s): Diski, Jenny | Diski, Jenny -- Travel | Women novelists, English -- 20th century -- Biography | Novelists, English -- 20th century -- Biography | New Zealand -- Description and travelDDC classification: 823 Review: "Michel de Montaigne : 'Recently I retired to my estates, determined to devote myself as far as I could to spending what little life I have left quietly and privately; it seemed to me then that the greatest favour I could do for my mind was to leave it in total idleness...'" "Jenny Diski's attempt to keep still and mentally idle resulted in a year in which she travelled to New Zealand, spent two months almost alone in a cottage in the country and visited the Sami people of Lapland. Montaigne was alarmed to discover that by staying still his mind 'bolted off like a runaway horse'; Diski, failing to keep still, finds much the same problem and like Montaigne keeps a record of her ramblings both mental and physical hoping as he did in time to make her mind ashamed of itself. Interspersed with ill- tempered descriptions of these trips are digressions on the subject of her sore foot; her childhood desire for 'a condition', thoughts about growing older, spiders, fundamentalism and the problems of keeping warm."--BOOK JACKET.
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Montaigne was alarmed to discover that by staying still, his mind 'bolted off like a runaway horse ' Diski, failing to keep still, finds much the same problem and produces here a record of her ramblings both mental and physical.

"Michel de Montaigne : 'Recently I retired to my estates, determined to devote myself as far as I could to spending what little life I have left quietly and privately; it seemed to me then that the greatest favour I could do for my mind was to leave it in total idleness...'" "Jenny Diski's attempt to keep still and mentally idle resulted in a year in which she travelled to New Zealand, spent two months almost alone in a cottage in the country and visited the Sami people of Lapland. Montaigne was alarmed to discover that by staying still his mind 'bolted off like a runaway horse'; Diski, failing to keep still, finds much the same problem and like Montaigne keeps a record of her ramblings both mental and physical hoping as he did in time to make her mind ashamed of itself. Interspersed with ill- tempered descriptions of these trips are digressions on the subject of her sore foot; her childhood desire for 'a condition', thoughts about growing older, spiders, fundamentalism and the problems of keeping warm."--BOOK JACKET.

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