The Spirit of the Chinese Character: Gifts from the Heart

The Spirit of the Chinese Character: Gifts from the Heart


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From the fluid strokes in the characters denoting "grace," "enlightenment," and "tranquility" to the complex meanings inherent in the words for "honor," "love," and "wisdom," the richness and depth of the Chinese language come alive in this compact, elegant volume of 40 beautifully rendered ideograms. Every character is accompanied by a simple chart showing its physical composition, stroke by stroke, as well as an informative text describing the myriad linguistic components from which its meaning is derived.

As a result, the reader can grasp each character's significance and connection to centuries of Chinese philosophy and, ultimately, gain an understanding of the language beyond a mere familiarity with linguistic symbols. Complete with two-color printed end-papers and a charming full-color bookmark, The Spirit of the Chinese Character makes a lovely gift or keepsake volume, sure to inspire a fascination with the complexity of an incomparably beautiful and evocative language.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811801423
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 08/28/1992
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 6.87(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Barbara Aria — whose previous works include a companion book, The Nature of the Chinese Character — is a native of England and now lives in New York City.

Russell Eng Gon has studied and practiced Chinese caligraphy for over 20 years. He was born and raised in New York City.

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