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Lin's prose is gentle, like the conversation of a favorite lazy uncle who is more at home sipping lemonade on the back porch than gulping lattes between meetings. The sincerity of his humility is surprising to a reader used to postmodern writers who seem to pride themselves on their self-abasement. Though Lin deliberately avoided fame and notoriety, correctly observing that it only leads to troubles, one can only hope that his wisdom, timelier than ever, finds a wider audience among today's too-busy-to-breathe global culture. His philosophy, more practical and enjoyable than the usual Western writings on the subject, reminds us all of the vital importance of simply living. --Rob Lightner
This is not a quick read. It is something like the Bible in that you can read a few pages and chew on the yummy substance of it for a day or so. Read morePublished 3 months ago by artsy4artsy
Lin Yutang lived from 1895-1976. This book was published in 1937. In today's technology the book could be described as a sort of blog about the writer's philosophical observations... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jasmine
This book is a miracle. Somewhat dated, it provides the most comprehensive history, philosophy, and understanding of pre-Mao China. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dr.G.