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The Essential Teachings of Chuang Tzu

The Essential Teachings of Chuang Tzu

by Sam Hamill
     
 
The ancient Chinese text known as CHUANG TZU has been translated into English many times, but never with the freshness, accessibility, and accuracy of this remarkable rendering--the result of a unique collaboration between one of America's premier poet-translators and a leading Chinese scholar. At turns playful and acerbic, the book presents a philosophy of life that

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The ancient Chinese text known as CHUANG TZU has been translated into English many times, but never with the freshness, accessibility, and accuracy of this remarkable rendering--the result of a unique collaboration between one of America's premier poet-translators and a leading Chinese scholar. At turns playful and acerbic, the book presents a philosophy of life that is politically radical and deeply spiritual.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like a treasure chest of precious stones, the writings of Chuang Tzu shine with uncommon wisdom and insight. This new translation, which expertly preserves the humor and bite of these ancient teachings, will entice a whole new audience to read--and re-read--Chuang Tzu's writings. In their informative introduction, Hamill and Seaton discuss the vast influence Chuang Tzu, a disciple of Lao Tzu, has had on writers as diverse as Walt Whitman and T.S. Eliot. Chuang Tzu's moral and spiritual instructions teach distaste for technology, love of nature and suspicion of social convention. This revered Taoist teacher also longs in his writings for a golden age when everyone lived a better life. Although written in the third century B.C., Chuang Tzu's teachings are astonishingly contemporary. (Aug.)
Library Journal
This adept abridged translation of the most important writing of the Taoist tradition after the Tao Te Ching attempts to translate key terms consistently, using the same English word even when context might call for a multiplicity of terms; it also relies extensively on an etymological use of Chinese characters and does not shy away from contemporary colloquialisms. Though some readers may end up longing for alternatives to "All-under-heaven" for the Chinese "t'ien hsia" and other such terms, and colloquialisms such as "road kill" appear unexpectedly and perhaps incongruously, Hamill (a poet and founder of Copper Canyon Press) and Seaton (Chinese, Univ. of North Carolina) have selected well and capture the wit, paradox, and profundity of Chuang-tzu's concept of the Tao. The glossary of names and themes will be helpful to nonspecialists. Recommended for all public libraries.--D.E. Perushek, Northwestern Univ. Lib., Evanston, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570623363
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
09/22/1998
Pages:
170
Product dimensions:
6.39(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.10(d)

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