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Moreover, the introduction by Needleman, missing in the 25-year edition , is stunning, particularly in his explanation of "virtue" as a verb, an act rather than an ideal. I'd trade the photos, however beautiful, for this introduction.
I just compared a few lines of the English translation of this version (by Gai-Fu Feng, Jane English) with the one by John C. H. Wu (1899-1986, according to Wikipedia), published in 1961, and started to notice some differences. For example, at the beginning of chapter 2, in this book it translates:
"Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty because there is ugniness.
All can see good as good only because there is evil."
While in John C. H. Wu's translation, there two lines go as:
"When all the world recognizes beauty as beauty,
this in itself is ugliness.
When all the world recognizes good as good, this in itself is evil."
I feel the John C. H. Wu's version is much more accurate or closer to the meaning of the original Chinese text.
Another example, in Chapter 7, the last three lines:
"The wise stay behind, and are thus ahead.
They are detached, thus at one with all.
Through selfless act, they they attain fulfillment."
John C. H. Wu's translation goes as:
"Therefore, the Sage wants to remain behind,
But finds himself at the head of others;
Reckons himself out,
But finds himself safe and secure.
Is it not because he is selfless
That his Self is realized?"
Here I feel Wu's version is more accurate, and shows much better understanding of the ancient Chinese culture and philosophy.Read more ›
Also, I am probably alone here, but I recommend the book without the pictures, which I think artificially establish a mood that may not be appropriate for the chapter you're working through.
I would also emphasize that this translation is not for scholars. It does not contain a great deal of commentary or references to the myriad ways a given word or phrase could be translated.
The book also includes a very handy bibliography that describes the strengths of other available versions.
The other version that I'd strongly recommend is Witter Bynner's "The Way of Life According To Lao Tzu," which is more of an interpretation rather than a straight translation.
If the price is $6.92, it is the SMALL paperback. If the price is $12.60, it is the LARGER FORMAT paperback, the one which I highly recommend, as I have read it while waiting in a doctor's office, and wished the doctor had made me wait longer, so I could have more time to enjoy it. The LARGE FORMAT BOOK IS THE ONLY ONE I RECOMMEND, as I have not seen the smaller paperback.
A further caution: the Listing at amazon for Tao te Ching translated by Jane English and Gia-Fu Feng....has a place saying "Click here for other Formats". If you do that, two of the "other formats" are actually TOTALLY DIFFERENT TRANSLATIONS (AND of course DO NOT CONTAIN the PHOTOGRAPHS and CALLIGRAPHY of the English/Feng translation).
For potential buyers: be CAREFUL TO BOTH GET THE CORRECT TRANSLATION which you want (I highly recommend the Jane English / Gia Fu-Feng translation as it is by far the best, in my opinion),.....................and be careful also to get the EXACT EDITION of the English / Feng version which you want (I recommend the LARGE paperback, and cannot recommend the SMALL paperback as I am not sure the total effect will be the same with reduced size of type, photographs, and calligraphy....perhaps it would please some readers, I just do not know.)
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This is the only version I have read, yet I almost immediately get the sense its not quite the best, YET I did truly enjoy reading it. Read morePublished 2 days ago by KingKongKdub
Hands down one of the best books I have ever read. So much wisdom so succinctly put. It's a book you can read over and over and get a new perspective on understanding each time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by hiredgoon
Read this before and after a major surgery. It was perfect for calming my racing mind.Published 2 months ago by Peter a karahalios
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