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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin UK (March 7 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140194886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140194883
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.9 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 254 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,185,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Johnathan McNeil on Feb. 25 2012
Format: Paperback
considering the age of this text id have to say that it is probably one of the best books that exists, at least that i have read. we really havent come very far since then. unfortunately most other books might seem shallow in comparison. but then, there are probably too many books anyway. also, im only speaking about western literature, and not dostoyevski.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frikle on Jan. 8 2004
Format: Paperback
Fantastic!
Chuang Tzu is considered to have been a follower of the Taoist school of thought, influenced by Lao Tzu. However, we know much more about Chuang Tzu. He can be said to fit the classic ideal of a Taoist as a carefree ascetic with a sense of humour living in the forest in harmony with nature. This is certainly the portrayal of him in the book.
It is unclear who wrote the work and many authorities consider only the first few chapters as authentic. That's why it's good to get a translation that covers all the chapters as from reading them it's possible to get the feeling that even if are were a forgery, they are a worthwhile, beautiful forgery.
There are some footnotes but the book itself is large sections of narrative/prose/poetry that requires little external explanation. The translation probably leans towards poetic paraphrase over precise equality which I think is good for classic texts. The illustrations are great and really enhance the value of the book as a coherent whole.
A book of moving, funny, sad, chaotic, intuitive parables, stories, allegories and anecdotes that feel like they're speaking to you directly from over 2000 years ago.
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I prefer Burton Watson's translation to Palmer and Breuilly's, especially after reading parts in the Chinese text. But Palmer and Breuilly won't steer U wrong though. No, this is a decent translation of the entire text, which is not a common sight! Only Burton Watson, James Legge, and Victor Mair have put out complete Zhuangzi translations. AC Graham's translation is also quite good.
BAO PU-
embrace simplicity
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As a long-time Chuang-Tzu enthusiast, I thoroughly enjoyed this translation. I imagine this would be very enjoyable to the general reader; I have read many commentaries on the meaning of Chuang-Tzu's philosophy (Victor Mair's, Allinson's, Wing-Tsit Chan's, A.C. Graham's, etc.) so my perspective is "biased" in particular way- I like the absurdity and relativistic notions, sort of a Lewis Carroll point of view. This translation fits in with my predilictions nicely. Chuang-tzu takes some pondering, and any translation that makes it too simple is doing the reader an injustice. This one captures all the irony and absurdity, yet leaves plenty of room for befuddlement. It contains ALL the chapters, not just the inner ones. Highly recommended!! I keep this by the bed along with The People's Guide to Mexico, another perennial favorite!
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By A Customer on Nov. 14 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a good book. How do I know? Because it is practical that is to say the concepts WORK. For another practical spiritual book I would recommend the book An Encounter With A Prophet
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