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Tao Te Ching (Hackett Classics) Paperback – 1 Nov 1993

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Co, Inc; UK ed. edition (1 Nov. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872202321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872202320
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 372 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This crystalline translation of the "Tao Te Ching" is accurate down to the nuance and as concisely poetic as the original. It preserves the quirks and flavors of the original text. The translators hearkened to the message of the book itself, and kept it clear and gently strong. Of the many translations I have read in English, this is unquestionably the best. --Gary Snyder, University of California at Davis

This is by far the best translation on the market today, and I have been praising it to whoever would listen. --Livia Kohn, Boston University

This edition combines an earthy--as opposed to esoteric--translation with a welcome entree into the Chinese text for those who do not know that language. The gorgeous ink paintings add beauty to the edition. I can't imagine a better way to present this text, and I can't imagine ever using a different edition. --Greg Salyer, Huntingdon College"

This crystalline translation of the Tao Te Ching is accurate down to the nuance and as concisely poetic as the original. It preserves the quirks and flavors of the original text. The translators hearkened to the message of the book itself, and kept it clear and gently strong. Of the many translations I have read in English, this is unquestionably the best. --Gary Snyder, University of California at Davis



This edition combines an earthy--as opposed to esoteric--translation with a welcome entree into the Chinese text for those who do not know that language. The gorgeous ink paintings add beauty to the edition. I can't imagine a better way to present this text, and I can't imagine ever using a different edition. --Greg Salyer, Huntingdon College



This is by far the best translation on the market today, and I have been praising it to whoever would listen. --Livia Kohn, Boston University

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Deftly introduced and enriched by the remarkable ink paintings of Stephen Addiss, this new translation of Tao Te Ching captures the terse and enigmatic beauty of the ancient original while resisting the tendency toward interpretive paraphrase found in many other editions. Along with the translation of the complete work, Lombardo and Addiss provide the reader with a measure of interaction with the Chinese text found in no other edition, by furnishing one or more key lines from the original Chinese for each of the eighty-one sections, together with a transliteration of the Chinese characters. The appearance and sounds of the Chinese character displayed, enhance the reader's appreciation of how the Chinese text works and feels and the many different ways it can be translated into English.

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