Dao De Jing (The Illustrated Library of Chinese Classics, Book 27)

October 30, 2020
Dao De Jing (The Illustrated Library of Chinese Classics, Book 27)

From bestselling cartoonist C. C. Tsai, a delightfullyillustrated version of the classic work of DaoistphilosophyC. C. Tsai is one of Asia's most popular cartoonists, and hiseditions of the Chinese classics have sold more than 40 millioncopies in over twenty languages. Here, he works his magic againwith a delightful graphic adaptation of the complete text ofLaozi's Dao De Jing, the beloved source of Daoistphilosophy. Masterfully transforming Laozi's challenging work intoentertaining and enlightening episodes, Tsai offers a uniquelyfresh, relevant, and accessible version of one of the world's mostinfluential books.After opening with Laozi's biography from the Shi Ji, Tsaiturns the stage over to Laozi, who patiently explains his ideas tohis earnest students (and us). Laozi describes the spontaneity ofnatural processes, the paradoxical effects of ethical precepts, thelimits of language, the values of simplicity, and, above all else,how to go with the flow. In brief episodes that tantalize andinspire, he takes us into the subtle complexities of humanexistence. Ultimately, Laozi, a master visionary, guides us to themountaintop to reveal an expansive view of life.A marvelous edition of a timeless classic, this book also presentsLaozi's original Chinese text in sidebars on each page, enrichingthe book for readers and students of Chinese without distractingfrom the English-language cartoons. The text is skillfullytranslated by Brian Bruya, who also provides an illuminatingintroduction.