From Library Journal
Yet another translation of the Tao Te Ching would seem unnecessary, but this new one has considerably more depth than other recent efforts. It incorporates material from newly discovered texts and examines critically both the variant readings of the several source texts and past translations of the often cryptic original. Following each chapter with a detailed analysis, and offering an extensive glossary and bibliography, it discusses authorship, date, and purpose of the Tao Te Ching. The overall thrust is to depict this work as a unified religious document, a guide to re-integrating the social with the natural that is worthy of modern study. In fact, Chen initially intended to call her book The Idea of Peace in Classical Taoism. For serious readers of Chinese religion and philosophy.- Donald J. Pearce, Univ. of Minnesota Lib., Duluth
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"The finest translation of the Tao I’ve found...I’ve read 30 translations of the Tao Te Ching, and Ellen Chen’s is easily the finest. It is not just that the Tao is itself a book of deep insight and wisdom. Ms. Chen’s translation is simply enormously more insightful and, well, right on, than anyone else’s. Each chapter is a little masterpiece; the wisdom contained in the Tao simply shines much more brightly through Ms. Chen’s translation than through anyone else’s that I’ve read (I’ve read all of the readily-available translations). Each chapter comes with extensive commentary, where the author respectfully discusses alternate readings for the chapter, including her rationale for her particular choice. These discussions themselves are enormously helpful in bringing out both the subtleties of the text and that ineffable quality of which the text itself speaks."—Dave Schultz, from Richmond, CA
"...a thorough, generally well-balanced, and highly informative work of scholarship."—Journal of Ecumenical Studies
"In this timely reinterpretation, Chen sketches the ecological relationship ‘conducive to establishing peace on earth among all creatures’ and stresses the lesson that the text has for our current imperiled world situation."—Choice