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The Importance of Living Paperback – 1 Oct 1998

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPaperbacks (1 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688163521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688163525
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 753,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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LIN YUTANG was born in 1895 to a mission family and became one of the best-known Chinese scholars and writers.


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Just to give an idea of how great this book is here is a quote from it that is on the wall above my desk at work:
'Miserable indeed is a world in which we have knowledge without understanding, critisism without appreciation, beauty without love, truth without passion, righteousness without mercy, and courtesy without a warm heart.'
Enough said.
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I recommend this book for all the skeptics and agnostics out there who need a bit of moral support for a more humanitarian and less religious point of view. Plus, how many books are there with chapters about Loafing, Lying in Bed, Smoking and Drinking Tea ? Apart from these Yutang covers moral, philosphical and cultural issues in a very relaxed and entertaining way. The only drawback is that he has some old-fashioned views about women and the family but as the book was originally written in the 1930's we can probably forgive him for that (this doesn't detract from the other good ideas that he has).
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Reading Lin Yutangs brilliantly laid back philosophy is a pleasure. He has terrific humour as well as seriousness, is straightforward despite being profound.
I only wish others who get so daunted and put off by works of Philosophy would start with this little volume. The content is deeply thoughtful but so very clear and entertaining. And so funny- I love the comparison of cultures, the Chinese idler vs the American business man for example.
Some ideas may sound a little dated I guess- but the general crux of the book is still compelling. It questions the mindless bustle and misery of the modern world without getting dragged into preaching or politics. It is like a witty conversation with a wise relative- a book you can pick up again and again which always generates a smile or a sympathetic nod. A forgotten classic, as well as that rarest of things- beautifully readable philosophy.
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Other reviews on Lin's great book have enthused sufficiently about the writing. This comment is for this edition which is only passable: poor quality print from old plates on low-grade paper and rudimentary hard-covers, though it is neatly saddle-stitched. Obviously a limited print-run but still rather over-priced.
BEWARE: Amazon sold what they said was a new book but in my copy someone had put crosses against some chapters showing it had been used. Strangely, I haven't been asked to provide seller feed-back on this one.
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I discovered Lin Yutang by accident. Nevertheless, I was hooked immediately after reading the first chapter. His ideas are so unique, so intelligent, so humourous, and endlessly fascinating. This man always keeps his feet on the ground, not too idealistic and yet never coming across as a pessimistic or sad man. His ideas are deep, but the way in which its written is in such plain language, any layman who can read and write can understand what he's talking about. I can't believe I have only started reading it now. I wished I have read it 10 years ago. In fact, I wish I had read this prior to reading all the yoga, buddhist and other more difficult religious/spiritual texts. To be imbued with his sense of wisdom about the world is a gift in itself! Excellent reading, even if you do not personally feel impelled to subscribe to his views.
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