The Essential Translation of the Ancient Chinese Book of the Tao (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
A lucid translation by one of the most famous translators of Chinese into English * The New York Review of Books * Ancient wisdom for those facing twenty-first-century perplexities . . . Minford writes for ordinary people seeking guidance in everyday life . . . In simple but resonantly phrased language, he somehow does unfold the Tao's message * Booklist * A wonderful translation - clear and deep -- Vikram Seth Elegant and poetic, John Minford's translation of the Tao Te Ching probably comes the closest of any to the essence of the mystical, ineffable Taoist classic -- Yue Zhuang, University of Exeter John Minford's translation . . . has the mark of the craftsman: its choice of words is not just judicious but also poetic, refreshing the at once limpid and ambiguous original and making it new. The result is a metaphysical feast for those willing to slow down and read this text as it was meant to be read: meditatively -- John Lagerwey, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Lao Tzu (Author) Lao Tzu, whose name means 'Old Master', was a contemporary of Confucius in the sixth century BCE and the founder of the philosophical tradition of Taoism. John Minford (Translator) John Minford is an emeritus professor of Chinese at the Australian National University. He has produced renowned translations of some of the most beloved works of Chinese literature, including The Story of the Stone, The Art of War and the Tao Te Ching.