Authors: Chih-chung Ts'ai
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Categories: Journalism / Non-Fiction
Lending Period: 7 days
During a period of political and social upheaval in China, the
unconventional insights of the great Daoist Zhuangzi (369?-286?
B.C.) pointed to a way of living naturally. Inspired by his
fascination with the wisdom of this sage, the immensely popular
Taiwanese cartoonist Tsai Chih Chung created a bestselling
Chinese comic book. Tsai had his cartoon characters enact the
key parables of Zhuangzi (pronounced jwawngdz), and he rendered
Zhuangzi's most enlightening sayings into modern Chinese.
Through Tsai's enthusiasm and skill, the earliest and core parts
of the Zhuangzi were thus made accessible to millions of
Chinese-speaking people with no other real chance of
appreciating this major Daoist text. Translated into English by
Brian Bruya, the comic book is now available to a Western
audience. The classical Chinese text of the selections of the
Zhuangzi is reproduced in the margins throughout.