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By Burton Watson

The uncomplicated writings of Chuang Tzu were savored via chinese language readers for over thousand years. And Burton Watson's lucid and gorgeous translation has been enjoyed via generations of readers.

Chuang Tzu (369?-286? B.C.) used to be a number one thinker representing the Taoist pressure in chinese language proposal. utilizing parable and anecdote, allegory and paradox, he set forth, within the booklet that bears his identify, the early rules of what was once to turn into the Taoist college. crucial to those is the assumption that merely by way of realizing Tao (the method of Nature) and living in its cohesion can guy in achieving real happiness and freedom, in either lifestyles and death.

Chuang Tzu: easy Writings comprises the seven "inner chapters," which shape the center of the booklet, 3 of the "outer chapters," and one of many "miscellaneous chapters." Watson additionally offers an creation, putting the thinker relating to chinese language heritage and thought.

Witty and ingenious, enriched by means of awesome imagery, and making sportive use of either mythological and ancient personages (including even Confucius), this undying vintage is certain to entice somebody attracted to chinese language faith and culture.

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