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Publisher's Summary

In a radically new translation and interpretation of the I Ching, David Hinton strips this ancient Chinese masterwork of the usual apparatus and discovers a deeply poetic and philosophical text. Teasing out an elegant vision of the cosmos as ever-changing yet harmonious, Hinton reveals the seed from which Chinese philosophy, poetry, and painting grew. Although it was and is widely used for divination, the I Ching is also a book of poetic philosophy, deeply valued by artists and intellectuals, and Hinton's translation restores it to its original lyrical form. Previous translations have rendered the I Ching as a divination text full of arcane language and extensive commentary. Though informative, these versions rarely hint at the work's philosophical heart, let alone its literary beauty. Here, Hinton translates only the original strata of the text, revealing a fully formed work of literature in its own right. The result is full of wild imagery, fables, aphorisms, and stories.
©2015 David Hinton (P)2015 Tantor
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"[The I Ching is] the only thing that is amazingly true, period.... You don't have to believe anything to read it, because besides being a great book to believe in, it's also very fantastic poetry." (Bob Dylan)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Matthew Mills on 07-10-18

I Ching Observations

Very interesting oriental philosophy. Wisdom sayings were based on nature and presented in a nonlinear manner

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4 out of 5 stars
By Acarya on 06-17-18

The introduction is the best part...

But the body of the work is much too repetitive.
It seems like a lot of filler.
Though the language is patriarchal and a bit dated the Richard Wilhelm I Ching is still - when it comes to depth of insight - head and shoulders above any other version.

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