- Series: Translations from the Asian Classics (Paperback)
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Columbia University Press; Reprint edition (April 15, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0231105959
- ISBN-13: 978-0231105958
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chuang Tzu: Basic Writings Reprint Edition
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Burton Watson... possesses all the qualities which distinguish a master translator. (Review)
Chuang Tzu (369?-286? BC) was a leading Taoist philosopher. Using parable and anecdote, allegory and paradox, he set forth in this book the early ideas of what was to become the Taoist school. This collection includes the seven "inner chapters," three of the "outer chapters," and one of the "miscellaneous chapters."
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It is difficult reading. I had to read it at least twice, and then several passages more times before I could take away meaning from it.
If you enjoy the Tao Te Ching, The Diamond Sutra, Nagarjuna's verses of Emptiness, and other similar buddhist / zen / tao titles, I can say with near certainty that you will greatly enjoy this book.
It is not for everyone. A person without any background buddhism may find this book to be incomprehensible and or a very difficult read.
I enjoyed it thoroughly, and consider it to be among the best books I have ever read.