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5.0 out of 5 stars 'This is called "following the light."', August 26, 2001
This review is from: Tao Te Ching, 25th-Anniversary Edition (English and Mandarin Chinese Edition) (Paperback)
It is hardly difficult to understand the enduring quality of the Tao Te Ching. Written by Lao Tsu in the sixth century BC is a simple, quiet book that reflects upon our true nature and our behavior. Broken up into 81 'chapters' or short poems, it comprises a mere 5,000 words. Every other sentence is a memorable quote, and one can read it in an hour and study it for a lifetime.
What I do find remarkable is the durability of this particular edition. My copy is ancient, dating back to my college days. At frequent intervals it seems to come to hand and I will peruse it again and enjoy the clarity of this translation by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English. They have carefully chosen a simple, accessible style which I feel completely captures the nature of the Tao. "What is a good man? A teacher of a bad man.
What is a bad man? A good man's charge."
Accompanying the text are many fine examples of Gia-Fu Feng's calligraphy and Jane English's photographs. While I like Chinese calligraphy, I lack the understanding to make any judgement. I can only report that it shows flow and grace, and works perfectly with English's photographs. These latter capture, most often with natural images, a play of contrast which often is as calligraphic as the accompanying handwriting. Thus, the book itself is a careful balance between content and form.
At the end of the day, or in an otherwise tense moment, this volume has often been the source of the tiny bit of sanity that makes the next day possible. There is much to meditate on here and this edition is a precious resource for the seeking mind.
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Initial post: Mar 2, 2008 10:15:42 AM PST
thank you for making me smile and laugh..."ancient, dating back to my college days" is the most delightful interpretations of the word "ancient" ever. if your college was with socrates, i understand. you are funy and a good writer.

Posted on Oct 30, 2010 7:04:53 AM PDT
Schtinky says:
Excellent review Mr Wabbit :)

Posted on Jan 22, 2011 3:36:25 PM PST
Last edited by the author on May 1, 2011 1:57:16 PM PDT
Very interesting!
"Broken up into ... short poems, it comprises a mere 5,000 words. Every other sentence is a memorable quote, and one can read it in an hour and study it for a lifetime."

Excellent review!

- author - Sam- a Tai Chi learner

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2011 11:38:22 AM PDT
David says:
I like this version. One needs the simplicity. I also like the 1 or 2 versions in rhyme, including The Rhyming Tao Te Ching, and other Oriental wisdom in rhyme: Over 70 ways to easily access peace of mind, wisdom, and awareness and Tao Te Ching

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 7:07:08 AM PDT
M. Rose says:
Are you sure that you have reviewed the correct edition of the Tao Te Ching?
The Feng ad English translation is from 1972 while the edition you are reviewing is much more recent. The translations are not the same, there are as many translations and editions of the Tao Te Ching as there are interpretations.
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