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on 29 October 2011
I'd say Red Pine's translation of the Tao Te Ching is above average, sometimes quite poetic. He sees the Tao as being related to the moon and this puts a different slant on some verses. Red Pine's book is unique as he has collected quotes and opinions for every verse, many of them from ancient Chinese scholars, and presented them with the text. This gives a better insight into Lao Tzu's verse. The original Chinese characters are shown next to his translation - a nice touch. Red Pine also explains some of his choices in translation. Great translation - really nice book! Highly recommended fro those interested in the Tao Te Ching.
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on 16 October 1998
As every reader of Lao Tzu's magnum opus is well aware, there is perhaps no other work produced by the human mind which has appeared in as many translations, quasi-translations, pseudo-translations, non-translations and mistranslations as Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching. Why then, the reader will wonder, do we need yet another? Because, with the possible exception of Prof. Mair's excellent rendering, there is none other comparable to this one. Red Pine is no dabbler in these matters. A quick reading of the Introduction (which, with its photographs is itself worth the price of the book) should convince the reader of that. But the book offers even more than a lucid translation of the ancient classic (and it IS a translation, not a paraphrase of someone else's): there is a bonus on every page, a judicious selection of commentaries from ancient writers, who have interpreted the verses, and have found in them a source of inspiration which readers have acknowledged over the past two millennia. If you decide to buy only one translation of Tao Te Ching, you won't be disappointed if this is the one you choose. Justin Thacker, Los Angeles, California
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