Lori.Anderson, March 21, 2007 (view all comments by Lori.Anderson)
Very enlightening and entertaining way to look at Taoism. The author uses Pooh and other stories to demonstrate how simple life can be, it we would only allow it to be simple. Very hard concept for many today, but I certainly would like to try. A very sweet, but important book.
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by Library Journal,
"In a clear and crisp voice, Hoff explains the central tenets of Taoism and further illustrates them with familiar excerpts from The House at Pooh Corner stories, Chinese proverbs, maxims, and tales from Lao Tzu and others. The result is at once thought-provoking and charming. This is a small literary event that will leave all who experience it a little more serene."
The how of Pooh? The Tao of who? The Tao of Pooh!?! In which it is revealed that one of the world's great Taoist masters isn't Chinese--or a venerable philosopher--but is in fact none other that that effortlessly calm, still, reflective bear. A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh! While Eeyore frets, and Piglet hesitates, and Rabbit calculates, and Owl pontificates, Pooh just is.
And that's a clue to the secret wisdom of the Taoists.
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