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A VISUAL INTERPRETATION. A book to illustrate the depth, subtlety and richness of the language and philosophy by explaining the visuals provided by key Chinese characters and the pictograms that precede them. Even if a translation appears fairly straightforward, all interpretation is subjective; it must be. Just as every translator interprets, every reader brings his or her abilities to understanding (interpreting) what they read. So it is, will be, and always has been, you will interpret what I have interpreted. Valuing this tendency rather than fighting that which is natural, I intend to offer up ways of seeing the text while inviting you into the interpretive process; together we will re-view the text through its images rather than hearing only the words as traditionally translated.
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The Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I'd heard of this translation from a friend so I googled it and read the introduction online at the book’s website before buying the book. It was interesting so I bought it. First let me say this is a beautiful book. I love its layout. The Chinese and its interpretation are on the lefthand side with the commentary on the righthand side so it's easy to refer back and forth. This makes it so easy to follow. Having read a couple translations before, I was blown away! I never really understood the first chapter before. How amazing! I mean it. It's like a secret revealed or something. I would have never looked at this way before but there it is. The imagery! I see why it's called a visual interpretation. It's pretty complicated but well worth the work. Oh, after reading the interpretive notes to the first chapter, look closely again at the cover :)