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The Way of Life Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1955

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Text: English (translation)
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Signet (February 1, 1955)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451621522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451621528
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,762,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on December 23, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Beutifully translated version of the Tao Te Ching! This version, compared to others, seemed to be a little more tradidionally spoken and a little more difficult to understand. However, there are paraphrases written by the translator to explain the meaning of each chapter. I would greatly recommend getting this translation of the Tao Te Ching over others because it also explains the history of Lao Tzu, Taoism, Confucious, and much more. I have not seen such information in any other version.
Enjoy!
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By S. Bitticks on December 1, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In recycling Blakney's translation from the 1950's, Signet is trying to get something for nothing, namely, your money for a lousy out-dated translation. Not only does Blakney misread the Chinese grammar in several places, his interpretations are both under-thought and under-written. If an inexpensive translation is what you're looking for, Penguin has a $5 D.C. Lao translation that isn't all that bad. If, however, you want really excellent translations, here's my advice: For a more interpretive Neo-Taoist reading, pick up Victor H. Mair's. This is a good place to start reading the Tao Te Ching, in my opinion. If, however, you want a truly excellent translation, Philip J. Ivanhoe has done quite nicely. Moss Robert's translation is just as good overall, but also includes notes on the differences between the MaWangDui and Guodian texts compared to the Wang Bi (which is what he and everyone translates), so that'd be my ideal choice. Don't buy this book, it's a cheap way for the publishing house to try and score some sales from nothing at all.

I'm currently working on a research piece on translations of P'u in the English texts, so these critiques come as the result of my working with all these books.
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I had read the Tao Te Ching before and found it very enlightening, but a friend suggested I get this particular copy. This book has quite a bit of amazing info about Chinese mysticism before getting to the body of the book. In fact, there is more about Chinese mysticism than there is about Tao! R B Blakney's insight about the mysticism is quite quite informative. His interpretations of the actual Tao are very interesting, although from a purely spiritual basis (I am no expert!!!), do not always agree. That being said, it does give one a different perspective and is well worth the read. I highly recommend it.
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