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


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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (June 15 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081180142X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811801423
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 17.5 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #922,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Bought my first copy decades ago. Gave me a new appreciation of how deep in meaning and intent that the language conveys. Have scanned and embedded a couple of the gorgeous images onto my desktop.
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By Jordango on March 29 2002
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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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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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By A Customer on Jan. 22 2001
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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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