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  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Nabu Press (August 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1176962221
  • ISBN-13: 978-1176962224
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.1 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,840,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Joe Z on December 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
For starters, there was no person, Lao Tzu, no one knows how "his" name was spelled, nor can the experts agree on the correct title of "his" work. Is it Tao te Ching? Tao teh King? No one knows.

The Tao te Ching is a collection of aphorisms, little bits of wisdom collected by, arguably, many writers. The most popular and enduring translation is by Legge, though, truth be told, after 40 or so years of study, there is still a lot in his version that I just don't get.

And while I'm a serious student of Taoism, Giles is the book I recommend to my non-Taoist friends. Not that it's a shallow bit of fluff. It isn't. Some of Giles' translation is as obscure as it gets, but he's taken the time to group the material into categories. So there's a cohesiveness to the work. Unlike the original which jumps all over the place, a further indication of its many authors.

Finally, while his translation is not perfectly accurate in an academic sense, it retains a certain mystical quality, almost poetic, that direct translations often lose. Compared to Legge, reading Giles' Tao a pleasure not a chore.

Five stars for sure!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cindi10 on December 6, 2012
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You dont need to be of any certain religious belief-system to LV the wonderful, thought-provoking ideas in this book!! Much encouragement/enlightenment can be garnered by anyone blessed to read it!!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Hwang on January 15, 2013
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The first thing the author says is that Lao Tzu struggles to convey his ideas because of paucity of Chinese language at the time. What a load of crap. It seems that it is the poor command of the Chinese language that led the author to his many poor understanding.
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All the answers we seek are within ourselves ~ all we need to do is listen and this book helps one to understand that principle a whole lot more than I can do.
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By Conrad Spirrison on April 1, 2014
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This is a translation of one of the finest pieces of philosophy and literature ever written. My personal preference is to have the footnotes at the bottom of each page rather than at the end of a section.
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By Mcb on January 4, 2014
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Long before Yoda advised "there is no try" Lao Tzu was telling his contemporaries there is no "do." The Tao, he says, is inaction, is allowing nature to take its course. Yet he also said famously that the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
I am not going to critique Tao here because I am woefully in this world and have a hard time ignoring it. There is wisdom here but it is not obvious wisdom.
The translation is clear and vivid and lovely. If you are interested in Chinese philosophy this is a good first step in that thousand mile journey.
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By Susan R. Ventura on November 19, 2013
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nice book, really does give you some food for thought. Not quite sure of how to take some of the sayings, but you know, you tAKE WHAT YOU NEED FROM BOOKS, AND LEAVE THE REST.
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If you're like me and had a little trouble grasping the Tao Te Ching, this ought to help bring you back down to earth a bit. It's more of a condensed collection of some of the brighter knowledge pearls found therein.
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