- 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)
The Importance of Living Paperback – 1 Oct 1998
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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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'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.'
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.
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.