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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the Hermit in all of us, 15 Dec 2006
This review is from: The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain (Paperback)
This book is the most comprehensive collection to date of the poems of Han-shan, or Hanshan, or Cold Mountain. There is a lengthy and well-researched introduction by Red Pine (Bill Porter) in which he examines the origins of these poems. Hanshan was a wandering poet-monk of 7th to 9th Century China who lived in the mountains and wrote poems on the walls of caves. It now seems unlikely that all the poems were written by one person, but the large time-span suggests several poets who were sympathetic to the original man.

Part of the attraction of these poems in the illusiveness of the author or authors. Who was this Zen Saint?

Red Pine's notes on each poem are excellent - they give historical and literary context, and allow even the novice to access these beautiful pieces of poetry.

If you live in the city and cannot escape, this books allows to slip away for a few minutes at least.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, very good service, 2 Oct 2009
This review is from: The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain (Paperback)
Everything is in the title, really.

If you hesitate between Henricks' and Red Pine's versions, maybe what follows will help you :

Hanshan by Red Pine is really easy to read, it is quite a pleasure to have it in your hands, and there are pictures of Hanshan's cave, something you can't find anywhere else.

The translation by Henricks is far less seductive, but the introduction, contrary to Red Pine's, is a real academic work.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Poetry, 19 Aug 2010
This review is from: The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain (Paperback)
This is a beautiful collection of poems by award winning translator Red Pine (b. 1943). Indeed this collection itself won the WESTAF Award in Translation in the year 2000.

This work contains, in a bilingual edition, the collected poems of Cold Mountain (Han-shan) and his friends Big Stick (Feng-kan) and Pick Up (Shih-te), who are believed to have flourished during the Tang Dynasty (approx. 9th Century). All the poems are well annotated and there is an interesting translator's preface, in addition to which the author has provided photos of the area in which Cold Mountain lived. There is also a fine introduction by John Blofeld (1913-1987).

"More than anyone else, Red Pine has made [Han Shan's] spontaneous poems accessible to Western readers.... In this new, expanded edition, invaluable notes and an extensive new critical preface provide a contextual awareness, not just for the poems, but for their sources in Buddhist and Confucian culture."
-Inquiring Mind

"An exquisite publication.... On every level this is a beautiful book."
-Judges' statement when awarding Red Pine the "2000 Western States Book Award in Translation" for the Collected Songs of Cold Mountain

"Red Pine...has given us the first full collection of Han Shan's songs in an idiom that is clear, graceful, and neutral enough to last.... His translations are accurate and mirror the music of the originals.... The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain is a considerable performance and a truly valuable book. Thanks to Copper Canyon's high standards of bookmaking, it is beautiful to hold and behold; thanks to Red Pine's care, it will survive as the definitive text of Han Shan in English for many years. It belongs on the shelf of everyone with an interest in poetry and...should be opened often."
-Gregory McNamee, The Bloomsbury Review

Also of interest may be Red Pine's translation of The Zen Works of Stonehouse.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect., 27 Oct 2008
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Briefly: remarkable - lucidly thought poems, in utterly transparent words by a wonderful translator. And a really beautiful edition, with meticulous but unobtrusive scholarly apparatus, produced with care and love.

The strangest thing is: Red Pine comments in his introduction that several publishers actually rejected these translations, before a small press agreed to print them.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chinese Buddhist master poet d.841, 4 Aug 2008
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Marcolorenzo (Italy) - See all my reviews
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Bilingual edition with Chinese calligraphic text on the left-hand page and very good English translations on the facing right-hand page. These poems have deeply influenced Seamus Heany's works and that is how I came to know them. The translation presented in this edition is a very fine work in itself, done by a poetic scholar of Cold Mountain who lived and followed the traces of the poet in China for many years. Each poem is 8 lines in length and there are 307 of them all of which are copiously annotated with very detailed footnotes on the left-hand page under the Chinese text. Also included are 49 poems by his colleague (Shih-te) and 4 by (Feng-kan) This edition also includes several photos of the places where the poet lived and worked and a graphic map of China of the time of the poet. Many of these poems are little gems of insight and wit or of sarcasm and bitter irony. They are like seeds, seminal works which I think caused Seamus Heany's mind to take off in poetic flight.
They may do the same for any serious poet who discovers them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cold Mountain, 13 Nov 2013
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A very thorough translation with the original characters and editors notes on left page and the poems on the right. I prefer Ryokan's poetry, as he is purely Buddhist whereas Cold mountain refers to both Buddhist and Taoist ideas. Still very pleasing and sometimes thought provoking. Worth the read.
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