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Tao Te Ching (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature) Paperback – December 5, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-1853264719 ISBN-10: 1853264717

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Product Details

  • Series: Classics of World Literature
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd (December 5, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853264717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853264719
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #729,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gen Falel on January 5, 2005
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...and I spent hours trying to find the exact same translation online.

The effort was worth it. I've seen many other translations, but none did as wonderful a job in both translating the meaning of this work in an intuitively understandable manner and in continuing to make it read with the beautiful lyricism I've become accustomed to.

I don't know how you found this particular edition of this book (since there are so many inferior ones listed), but now that you've found it, wishlist it or buy it before you lose the link! And then buy it; it's well worth twice the price.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Edward A. Adamski on December 2, 2004
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I have attempted to learn about the Dao for a quite awhile. I have even studied Classical Chinese in an attempt to learn more about it.

This without a doubt is the best translation I have ever found. The style used does not push any agenda other than Daoist as the author does not try to tell the reader what it means.

The Dao is something that each person needs to discover on her or his own, Lao Zi understood that and so does Arthur Waley. Other translations of this book that I have seen really pale in comparison, like drinking tepid tap water on a hot day.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruce A. Lawrence on September 2, 2013
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Arthur Waley's translation was recommended to me by a scholar who has himself published translations of Chinese poetry. He said he would never translate the Tao Te Ching because he doesn't think anyone could top Waley's translation. While I would not want to restrict myself to a single translation of this classic work (I own about half a dozen), this one is both readable and accurate.

Unfortunately, the Wordsworth Classics edition omits Waley's "paraphrases and commentaries", as well as many of his footnotes. I will have to look for a more complete edition of Waley's translation.
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