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JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser. You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. Brook Ziporyn's carefully crafted, richly annotated translation of the complete writings of Zhuangzi—including a lucid Introduction, a Glossary of Essential Terms, and a Bibliography—provides readers with an engaging and provocative deep dive into this magical work. With its carefully crafted supporting material that provides context for various debates, addresses philological matters, and explains different possibilities of translation, Ziporyn's Zhuangzi is not only uncompromisingly rigorous but also accessible to students of early Chinese philosophy and literature.

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Return to Book Page. Preview — Zhuangzi by Zhuangzi. Brook Ziporyn Translator. Ideal for students and scholars alike, this edition of Zhuangzi Chuang Tzu includes the complete Inner Chapters, extensive selections from the Outer and Miscellaneous Chapters, and judicious selections from two thousand years of traditional Chinese commentaries, which provide the reader access to the text as well as to its reception and interpretation.

A glossary, brief Ideal for students and scholars alike, this edition of Zhuangzi Chuang Tzu includes the complete Inner Chapters, extensive selections from the Outer and Miscellaneous Chapters, and judicious selections from two thousand years of traditional Chinese commentaries, which provide the reader access to the text as well as to its reception and interpretation.

A glossary, brief biographies of the commentators, a bibliography, and an index are also included. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Zhuangzi , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Oct 30, Silvio Curtis rated it it was amazing.

Delights in paradoxes, but in a way that invites you to think about them instead of just accepting them.

For example, even though I don't agree with Zhuangzi's relativism, I find it challenging and thought-provoking because he sees the absurdity of thinking right and wrong are somehow predetermined. This has the seven "Inner Chapters" thought to be written by the historical Zhuan "Here he comes to the important point, but makes sure to refute it in advance" from one of the commentaries included.

This has the seven "Inner Chapters" thought to be written by the historical Zhuangzi, and selections from the other chapters, probably by later writers from the same tradition. Mar 07, Ethan rated it really liked it.

I don't read classical Chinese and can't comment on the translation's skill and accuracy, but I can say as a long time amateur fan and recent teacher of Zhuangzi's text that I appreciated this translation quite a bit. Ziporyn sometimes makes choices that seem odd to me. He translates "Dao" as "Course" rather than the more common "Way. And there's a poignant story of Zhuangzi reacting to his wife's death, which Ziporyn doesn't include along with the entirety of chapter 18, where that story takes place.

But these are relatively minor complaints compared to the excellent things about this volume. Ziporyn's introduction is extremely helpful and interesting on the history of the text and its contemporary interpretations as well as explaining some of what people have been finding so intriguing about Zhuangzi for thousands of years. His translation is for the most part smoothly readable and seems to capture Zhuangzi's philosophical depth and humor as far as I can tell, anyway.

His footnotes and glossary are helpful. He provides excerpts from commentaries on the Inner Chapters, which as someone starting to take a more scholarly interest in the text I was excited to read. I heartily recommend this translation for anyone looking to get a bit deeper into Zhuangzi's text.

Apr 13, James rated it liked it Shelves: china , chinese-literature , non-fiction , translation , philosophy , asian-literature. The edition of the Zhuangzi translated by Brook Ziporyn has the whole of the Inner Chapter, traditionally ascribed to Zhuangzi, a selection of the Outer Chapters, and of particular note, a selection of commentaries on the Inner Chapters by noted, later commentators including Guo Xiang.

A deeply insightful and poetic work, it is always hard to capture the original in translation but Ziporyn does well - at times, though the translation seems "looser" than previous translations such as Graham's which remains the most academic and thorough. This is one of the most recent translations of the Zhuangzi and thus benefits from that. The most worthwhile aspect of this edition is, as previously mentioned, the additional commentaries and an interesting introduction.

Feb 19, Dmk rated it really liked it. What a wonderful piece of mindfucktual nonsense! Zhuang Zi and his discples must have been seriously drunk let historians decide if it was by heaven or by wine during writing this attempt to make you question your One must love this branch of chinese though or hate If you're confucian or mohist. Just lovely book. If you're at least little bit in chinese thought you should read this book.

What was dissapointing was commentaties. It was all given at the end of book, so you What a wonderful piece of mindfucktual nonsense!

It was all given at the end of book, so you have to either choose frequent jumping between pages or reading commentaries long after finishing chapters of book.

Aug 27, Julius rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorite-non-fiction. What horse? With all kidding aside one of the most important books one can read in a lifetime. But understanding it will also take you a great part of that time. Cryptic, intelligent, amazing.

With the best translation for people who are not able to read the original. Also it has a great amount of footnotes that compare translations and definitions. A must have for every Taoist fan. Jul 08, Matt Hubbell rated it it was amazing. The language throughout the writings themselves, which only span about the first half of the book, is precise enough to apply to real problems that people have today, while vague enough that they don't require someone to be of a certain faith, have a certain background, or whatever other divisive factors could be part of a philosophy book.

Zhuangzi brings forth many examples, many of which are obviously created just to exemplify a point, but the names can be replaced with individuals that you ma The language throughout the writings themselves, which only span about the first half of the book, is precise enough to apply to real problems that people have today, while vague enough that they don't require someone to be of a certain faith, have a certain background, or whatever other divisive factors could be part of a philosophy book.

Zhuangzi brings forth many examples, many of which are obviously created just to exemplify a point, but the names can be replaced with individuals that you may actually know, and other notions can remind you of specific people or cultural routines.

For example, in one part, he talks about a man who had one of his feet chopped off as punishment for a crime, and when confronted about living idealistically while missing something people get so accustomed to having that they couldn't imagine missing it, he states that he has adjusted to life without the foot so much that he doesn't even feel any different.

He may look differently, but he doesn't feel like a lesser person just because of a physical difference. Other nuggets of wisdom include the idea that everyone knows how much they want to be useful, but nobody knows the value in uselessness--one example brought forth is a massive tree that has gnarled roots and terrible quality wood. A master carpenter wants nothing to do with it, because it is useless: the tree has prolonged its life because of how useless it is. At the same time, it survives without genuine purpose.

So would you rather live a short life that is full of purpose, or a long life in which you are merely existing, and nothing more? I brought this up to a friend, and she seemed taken aback that I'd suggest a short life well lived is more fulfilling than a long life that can be spent enjoying trivialities and existing for them. But that's one of the problems with modern cultures: we live for the momentary enjoyment, rather than the lasting contentment.

As Confucius once said, "A man who understands the Tao [or Dao, since they are synonymous] in the morning may die without regret in the evening. The amazing thing that I found with this set of writings, from the Inner Chapters, Outer Chapters, and Miscellaneous Chapters, is that while on the surface, many of them talk about the Course and Virtuosity in a spiritual sounding medium, they can be applied to devout and secular individuals alike.

Everyone has their own version of what "being a good person" is like, and many of the traits are held in common at their core. If you view this as nothing more than an ancient Chinese philosopher rambling, at least you can get plenty of thought provoking questions out of it that will stay with you for quite a while. This truly is a manifesto for criticizing problems that people create on their own, while giving ideas for how changes in attitude and habit can make life much more enjoyable, simplified, and ultimately, more tranquil.

Now for the styling of the book. I don't know the traditional text, nor have I read any other versions of Zhuangzi's writings, but Brook Ziporyn the translator and editor organized this in a fantastic way, giving references all throughout the text, extra notes in passages that have potentially alternate meanings, and a glossary of Chinese characters that show up frequently, alongside an elaborate explanation of what those characters mean and add contextually.

So, even though the original writings are Zhuangzi's, Ziporyn has made them much more accessible and thoroughly explained. Aug 18, David Peirce rated it it was amazing.

I'm in no position to judge the quality of a translation. Ziporyn's book was recommended by another author, Scott Bradley, whose writing on Chuang Tzu I have found beneficial.

It turns out, Ziporyn is highly regarded in academia. Ziporyn has produced an easy to read translation with very detailed notes providing context or other translations. The Zhuangzi itself is a perspective-altering read, but it requires precisely the notes and context that Ziporyn provides.

The last part of the book is a c I'm in no position to judge the quality of a translation. The last part of the book is a curated selection of commentaries on The Zhuangzi by multiple ancient Chinese commentators across several centuries.

That, too, is very valuable in this volume. Mar 30, Rudy Kolar rated it liked it. Needs to be simplified and updated to modern American English as the English language has improved its philosophical understanding considerably in the last fifty years.

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