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Seven Taoist Masters: A Folk Novel of China

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2004

    Smooth, almost too smooth

    This is a valuable, readable translation of a classic folktale about Taoism. Ms. Wong makes the stories of the masters, who are key figures in Taoism, completely understandable and flowing. The book is a pleasure to read. However, I couldn't give it five stars because she doesn't give any information about the text at all--for example, when was it written, what was the background to it, who was the likely author (or at least what sort of person was the author? a Taoist devotee? a professional storyteller?), how much of it is accurate and so on. From subsequent research, I know that several Chinese editions of this book circulated in China; which one did Ms. Wong translate? Believe me, I'm not arguing in favor of heavy footnotes or a weighty introduction that suffocates the work. But without some sort of meaningful introduction, the reader is left confused as to what actually is being read...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2003

    The Tao Revealed!

    This book gives an intrinsic look into the Tao. It allows one to understand the general teaching of the Tao without a lot of flowery language that can be confusing. The novel is wonderful and captivating while revealing the essential teachings of the Tao. I would reccomend this to anyone who wishes to have a better understanding of the Tao.

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