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The Inner Chapters Paperback – 1 Jun 1998

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint; New edition edition (1 Jun. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887178791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887178792
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,313,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joachim Chandler on 26 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
Simply this is the best translation of Chuang Tzu that I've come across. Hinton manages to bring a good deal of humor out in his rendition which adds to the accessible prose that he gives us, yet this is a serious translation. As a meditator I was pleasantly surprised to see Confucius instructing one of his disciples in a series of contemplations that made perfect sense to me and has been an inspiration to my practice ever since. So many beautiful little stories I find it hard to single one out to mention, I can't recommend it highly enough.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
This is a truly outstanding translation. 20 Jun. 1997
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Format: Hardcover
This is the only translation of Chuang Tzu which possesses the spontaneity of genius and invention. By translating most of the Chinese names, David Hinton reveals some of the fairly hidden context of the disucussion. Moreover, while Chuang Tzu is often characterized as a "humorist", only this translation captures some of the extraordinary irony that runs through these writings
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Brilliantly written 19 Mar. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Chuang Tzu's literary themes and format of choice differ considerably from those of the more famous Lao Tzu; his prose anecdotes are more accessible than Lao Tzu's didactic verse, yet often deeper as well, and are worthy of examination even by those with no particular interest in Taoist philosophy.
How accurate is this work as translation? Not being familiar with the original Chinese, I can't say -- but the English phrasings are extraordinarily effective in their own right, far clearer and more beautiful than those in another, more popular version that I've seen.
"The Inner Chapters": Brief, powerful, enlightening 10 Jan. 2015
By Clay Kallam - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a vibrant translation of an overlooked -- and important -- work of Chinese philosophy. Chuang Tzu (or Chuangzi) is best known in the West for his question about an afternoon nap: Am I a man dreaming of being a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming of being a man? But there is much more to Chuang Tsu, and this brief work (barely 100 small pages) was so compelling as soon as I finished, I read it again. David Hinton's translation is excellent, the contents profound and "The Inner Chapters" is as powerful and enlightening as the "Dao de Jing" and as important as the "Analects."

There are elements of Taoism and references to Confucius but Chuang Tzu is his own man, and anyone with a serious interest in Eastern philosophy needs to add this to the to-read shelf.
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Wonderful book 3 Oct. 2004
By Neal J. Pollock - Published on
Format: Paperback
I haven't read any other translations so I cannot comment per the prior reviewers' disagreement over this. On the other hand, some folks prefer a very literal translation and others perfer to optimize the poetic nature or the philosophical meaning and accuracy. There may not be a right or wrong on this point. However, the quality of Chuang Tzu's work is not in question--it's magnificent. This translation appeared to preserve the poetic beauty of the original while retaining its philosophical/religious integrity--but then, I don't read Chinese. I suggest you read it and form your own opinion.
highly recommendable。 4 Aug. 2013
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Excellent!Lucy,spicy prose style translation。 book in good condition。
I used to read the older Giles version; now I prefer this one。
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