Synopses & Reviews
The Chinese I Ching, or Book of Changes, is one of the oldest and strangest of all books, a masterpiece of world literature, a divination manual, and a magnet for the deranged and the obsessive. In Sixty-Four Chance Pieces, novelist and philosopher Will Buckingham puts the I Ching to work, using it to weave together 64 stories of chance and change, each flowing from one of the I Ching’s 64 hexagrams. Moving between myth, fable, and travel writing, the collection offers an attempt to make sense of the maddening, changeable book that is the I Ching, with tales of inventors and fox-spirits, ancient poets and nonexistent rulers, kleptomaniac pensioners and infernal bureaucrats. Like the I Ching itself, this new Book of Changes is a puzzle, a conundrum, and a journey of many transformations, where nothing is quite what it seems.
“Traveling without arriving, seeking without expectation of finding; Will Buckingham is a writer and philosopher of great humility and talent. Profoundly spiritual, entrancingly enigmatic, this is a magical book about the author’s quest to understand the ancient Chinese art of divination—and ultimately himself.” —Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang, author, The Woman Who Lost China
About the Author
Will Buckingham is a novelist, philosopher, and children’s author whose published works include Cargo Fever; The Descent of the Lyre; Finding Our Sea-Legs; Levinas, Storytelling and Anti-Storytelling; and The Snorgh and the Sailor. He is a senior lecturer in creative writing at De Montfort University in Leicester, England.