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Tao Te Ching

Tao Te Ching

by Lao tzu

Format: Audio book
Read by: Sir Nigel Hawthorne
Length: 1 hour and 16 min
Short description: Sir Nigel Hawthorne’s inspiring reading brings to life this new translation of Lao Tzu’s 2,500 year old Chinese classic.

Editorial review:
Of all the audio versions of the Tao Te Ching (Dao De Jing) in my collection, this is the one I keep with me on my iPhone. There is something deeply melodic about Sir Nigel’s voice and way of speaking. He has a method of pronouncing the poetry of the DDJ that comes only from training. His basic method is to place the emphasis himself as one would when using the “poets voice” at an aloud reading. This means that the meaning of the words is left entirely to the listener and you never feel “directed” by the manner with which he couplets the lines. He also manages to speak with all seriousness, which is to taste really. For me, one of the most wondrous things about this wonderful religion is that it has a sense of humour. Playful, never stern. In this reading of the DDJ, Nigel doesn’t quite pull off the ludicrousness of having poetic knowledge saying that are to all intents and purpose inscrutable – and definitely so. The DDJ is not supposed to be nailed down in prose, which is handy because that is exactly what every translation fails to do.  This translation is what I would call “standard”; it isn’t updated or bowdlerised, but neither is it a masterwork.

It is a marvellous flowing stream of speech and one you can just relax and let run over you, around your ears and into your heart.

Regards,

Basho

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Tao Te Ching

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