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I and Thou Paperback – October 26, 2010
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I hope that readers will take the time to digest what Buber has to say. As for which transation to read, I began with the Kaufmann, but soon found the older one by Ronald Gregor Smith to be more direct, less wordy, and much more beautifullly written. However, regardless of which translation you read, this book is truly a gem.
That said, here I'm rating a translation, not the original German. This 1937 translation is not adequate, especially by modern standards. It's clunky and its choice of English words and expressions leaves much to be desired. Buber is not easy, and the thread of his thinking is sometime difficult to follow, but translator Ronald Gregor Smith adds unnecessary difficulty. In some cases his interpretation of the original German seems questionable to this reviewer.
There is an Italian proverb, "Traduttore:traditore" (translator:traitor). For me, in this case the shoe fits. Read the original German if you can; if not, then Walter Kaufmann's 1970 English translation (also available on Amazon) is much, much better.
I can't think of any other book that has changed my life in so drastic a way.
One actually only need read the first chapter to have their lives irrevocably altered, but I would suggest reading the entire work.
That will fill out the picture in greater detail.
Read this one slowly. Let every word and phrase enter you and transform you.
It is for you (or thou) that this book was written. And reading it, you will gain a you. Because you will learn how to say "you" (as in 'I love you') and actually mean "you".
Too often, Buber teaches, when we say "you", we really mean "he" or "she", which is really no more than an "it".
This "it-world" diminishes all involved. By shifting from an experiencing I-It world to a relating I-You world. . .we open the opportunity for a relationship beyond time and space.
What some people call Love.
Read it and learn to love. It's that simple.
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