4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Poor on several levels,
This review is from: Tao Te Ching: The Book of the Way (Paperback)
The inclusion of detailed commentary on the meaning on each of the 81 chapters of the original text is a good idea, but let down by having to flick from the main text to the notes at the back of the book all the time. It makes reading the book very cumbersome on a purely physical level. Putting the notes on the facing page to the original text would have made both elements of the book much more accessible.
The alternation between masculine and feminine terminology for the Master is not clever, only distracting.
Mitchell says he has completed a fourteen year course in Zen training - so why then does he overlay this fine Toaist text with Christian terminology? It might not be so bad if he confined this to his personal notes but including phrases like "saints and sinners" in the translation of the original Chinese is dumbfounding in the context of his apparent personal exposure to Zen training. It put me off completely and I didn't make it beyond chapter 5.
If you are looking for a Christian interpretation of this ancient text then you might like this version, but I think you would then be missing the point. I am now searching for an English translation of the Tao Te Ching which uses language true to its heritage.