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The Spirit of the Chinese Character: Gifts from the Heart Hardcover – Jun 15 1996

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (June 15 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081180142X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811801423
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 1.8 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,165,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Barbara Aria - whose previous works include a companion book, The Nature of the Chinese Character - is a native of England and now lives in New York City.

Russell Eng Gon has studied and practiced Chinese caligraphy for over 20 years. He was born and raised in New York City.


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The written character has always had spiritual significance in the culture of China. Read the first page
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Format: Hardcover
If you only have the time and patience to learn forty Chinese characters in your lifetime, you should learn the ones in this book. Concepts such as "spirit", "benevolence", "harmony", "loyalty", and "wisdom" characterize so much of traditional Chinese thought and culture. The authors illustrate each of these characters with beautiful brush and ink calligraphy on rice paper background. There is a short explanation accompanying each character telling why it is written just so. For example the strokes making up the character "love" show us that the word means "breathing into the heart with a gracious motion". The character "enlightenment" shows the two components "sun" and "moon" which together light the world. Students who wish to practise writing these characters can follow the useful stroke order guide next to the explanations. This is a beautiful gift for the student or scholar, or just for those who appreciate Chinese culture.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is wonderful. It was what kinda got me started into the research of Chinese characters and such. Until I read this book I never knew how beautiful and interesting and deep the chinese character is. The stories and describtions just captivate you. The in depth design of every single character and the story behind it is very interesting and fascinating. Though not as long as I would have hoped, I reccomend it.
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Format: Hardcover
This fine little book reveals how dozens of chinese characters are assembled from simple graphic ideas. The illustrations engage the learner in an elegant discovery of how characters for love, grace, spirit, destiny and others are drawn. The text accompanying each character is beautifully written. I am really enjoying discovery of chinese with this lovely book.
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Format: Hardcover
This beautifully designed book is a little gem. There is a clear breadth of understanding of Chinese culture and language. The text is eloquent and if you are learning to write Chinese characters, the stroke-by-stroke instructions make it seem easy and less intimidating.
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