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Timeless Wisdom, but this edition?
on 1 July 2012
What can I say that's not already been said about this timeless classic. Its philosophy of God (Tao), attunement and character building (humility, dignity, leadership etc.) holds such depth and covers such scope. I've personally witness its success not only in my own life but also of other accomplished people in all spheres of life including the cut and thrust of the corporate world.
So why only four stars?
Because unfortunately I'm not enamoured with this particular translation by Dwight Goddard. Please realise this a personal choice so by all means don't let me put you off (check out the preview). I feel it tries too hard for clarification whilst paradoxically it achieves only confusion and in some chapters almost unintelligible. It tries to be poetic but comes across as prosaic.
It really is a shame as it's quite a handsome edition (handy sized black hardback) and includes a wonderful sixteen page introduction by Tom Butler-Bowdon which adds enormous value to the text.
In summary if this specific rendering of the Tao Te Ching touches you I can whole-heartedly recommend this edition. It's great value for money and you'll be wiser for the experience; indeed you'll be also richer for its assiduity.