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Daodejing (Oxford World's Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Edmund Ryden , Benjamin Penny
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Book Description

Of ways you may speak,
but not the Perennial Way;
By names you may name,
but not the Perennial Name.'

The best-loved of all the classical books of China and the most universally popular, the Daodejing or Classic of the Way and Life-Force is a work that defies definition. It encapsulates the main tenets of Daoism, and upholds a way of being as well as a philosophy and a religion. The dominant image is of the Way, the mysterious path through the whole cosmos modelled on the great Silver River or Milky Way that traverses the heavens. A life-giving stream, the Way gives rise to
all things and holds them in her motherly embrace. It enables the individual, and society as a whole, to harmonize the disparate demands of daily life and achieve a more profound level of understanding.

This new translation draws on the latest archaeological finds and brings out the word play and poetry of the original. Simple commentary accompanies the text, and the introduction provides further historical and interpretative context.
ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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About the Author

Edmund Ryden teaches at Fujen University in Taiwan. He was the first director of the John Paul II Peace Institute at Fujen University and also teaches human rights at Soochow University.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 253 KB
  • Print Length: 223 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0199208557
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (11 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #736,893 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great Background Information, Very Dry Translation 22 Nov. 2013
By M G Heggemann - Published on
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This is a review of the Oxford University Press "Daodejing", translated by Edmund Ryden, with an introduction by Benjamin Penny.

Overall, the introduction is great, covering the history, significance, and different versions of the Daodejing that have come down to us through history. The introduction, unfortunately, is also the best part of the book.

I found Edmund Ryden's translation to be overly scholarly, dry, and lacking in rhythm and pace that I have read in other translations. It just doesn't flow as a poetic work. Although the notes for each chapter do a very good job at explaining each chapter, the translation doesn't always seem to match up with the explanation.

The Daodejing itself is one of my favorite books. This is by far my least favorite translation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisitely done 10 April 2009
By Ted Frank - Published on
Stephen Mitchell's translation seemed to be the definitive edition until now. The phrasings and diction that have been captured in this interpretation create a much more concrete experience. This edition is dense with detail; it goes beyond philosophy and is truly an enriching poetic experience that dually engages the senses. Pair Daodejing up with E.E. Cumming's Viva and be continually surprised!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The differences between cultures is amazing. 8 Jun. 2013
By Richard L. Rankin - Published on
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Given enough money and free drinks, some women will do almost anything.. even with a dead squid. Read the Chinese version.
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