To overcome a crisis of melancholy, Montaigne put together his reflections on fathers and children, conscience and cowardice, coaches and cannibals, and other equally unexpected themes. A chapter On Some Lines of Virgil soon opens out into a frank and wideranging discussion of sexuality. On Experience sums up superbly his final thoughts on the great public issues of an age torn apart by religious and intellectual strife. All are united by the distinctive voice of Montaigne, a tolerant man, sceptical, humane, often humorous, yet utterly honest in his pursuit of truth. There are few more stimulating personalities in literature.