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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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If you could sum up I Ching in three words, what would they be?

Shameless excellence, fun.

What did you like best about this story?

Poetry deluge. Swift, profound tour of IChing Town. Insight delight lights up 64 hexagrams. Zooms and wheels like a thunderbolt healing. Leaves you knocked flat, smiling.

What does Tom Zingarelli bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Energetic articulation.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. One sitting is like a total pyschological overhaul. Liberating. All possibilities in your face.

Any additional comments?

Get it.

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