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A new approach to a complex ancient classic,
This review is from: Tao Te Ching: The Ancient Classic (Capstone Classics) (Hardcover)
For readers who want to get the essence of this Chinese classic without having to access the olden text or go through dubious translations, this is the book to get.
Chinese classics are usually perceived as being hard to comprehend and cryptic as they were written in an olden style, and I believe that is one of the main reasons for declining interest in ancient classic texts.
However, this book proved otherwise- this difficult topic is now easy to read and understand. The ideas were presented in an audience-centric manner and well introduced by Tom Butler-Bowden to people new to classics like myself. He did a good job in deciphering and distilling the essence of this 'mystical' subject that has withstood the test of many centuries.
The ideas were captured well in short paragraphs and the huge concept headings helped in capturing the essence of each subject, making the book enjoyable and understandable.
A must-read for those who want to get a quick introduction and insight into this ancient Chinese classic.
(An icing to the cake would be to have some Chinese characters for the main topics or the original text to assist bilingual readers to better appreciate the Tao Te Ching; but it has already done its job well)