- Paperback: 207 pages
- Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; First Printing, First Edition edition (January 10, 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0894803190
- ISBN-13: 978-0894803192
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,459,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I Ching Paperback – January 10, 1987
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From the Back Cover
In this important new translation, the Huangs reveal the stark poetry of the authentic I Ching, reconstruct the numerous historical tales that were once an essential element of the text, and present the hexagrams and their judgements clearly and concisely. Most importantly, they allow the ancient classic to serve its intended purpose as a practical handbook for divination.
A professor of particle physics at MIT, Kerson Huang has been consulting the I Ching since his childhood in Canton. He brings to this work both a unique ability to bridge the cultures of East and West, and the fascinating perspective of the scientific mind confronting the great mysteries of the human soul.
"Rosemary and Kerson Huang, poet and physicist-poet, have made a superb translation and appreciation of the bone-old book." -Phillip Morrison, author of Powers of Ten
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If you want the REAL I Ching, this is it.
There is no other choice.
It doesn't have the confucian ten wings commentary so you'll have to think for yourself... but trust me. It's better that way.
The book also contains a fairly indepth summary of the I Chings history. This section is enjoyable in its own right, and helps to clear up some of the more ponderous references contained in the oracle. For instance, the allusion to drinking a cup of wine as a penalty refers to a game. There are many such little bits of cultural history woven into the translation.
The section on physics and the I Ching is interesting, though a bit dry. In context, however, this brings more life to the book. It helps ground the oracle in the present day while looking toward the ancient origins of this facsinating oracle.
I highly reccomend this translation.
The text is so much more readable and understandable than the other versions of the I-Ching they sell. It at times seems like someone who knows what you are doing is talking to you when you ask a question and then read the text from this book. Its not a jumble of confusion like the other versions. That is what made me buy the book.
Other versions of the I- Ching have lines that can not be understood, and didn't seem to realate to the question i asked. Every line of text in this book is clear to read, understand and I could usually just read the sentences and know how they related to the question I asked. That is not always true with the I ching. When the sentences in the other I-ching books don't make sense you have to figure them out before you can even apply them to your question. That does not happen with this book. It reads like someone is "talking" to you. The sentences just make sense.
Also, there is a very easy to undersand chart in the back of the book on how to form a hexagram some books leave this out or the chart is difficult to understand. In summary this book makes the I- Ching understandable.