on 28 April 2010
You'll be very surprised to find that this isn't just 'yet another boring translation' of an ancient Chinese text. As perfectly described above in the synopsis, William Scott Wilson has added two extra interesting & highly relevant chapters on "Zen and Taoism" and "Zen and the Martial Arts".
Funny how we keep on reinventing the wheel in ours lives, when the secrets to successful living (if there ever were any?) are all around us & were thoughtfully written down for us thousands of years ago in some cases.
WSW, as always, makes these sometimes difficult essays easier to access by writing them with the reader in mind & not just dumping the contents of his brain onto paper. His new research into the Tao Te Ching brings out more of its meaning & makes it more understandable. You may need to use a little grey matter on some of the verses & it's certainly not a book that one can just skim through.
Backed up with an nice long & interesting introduction about the books history & it's characters, it also has extensive notes to help the reader with the dialog.
I've read many different versions of this classic & to date this one was a pleasure to read & didn't leave me with more questions than answers.
WSW's writing style is relaxed & friendly & not full of 'long' unpronounceable words that you need a dictionary for. Definitely worth a re-read & one for the bedside.