A gloriously illustrated account by Lin Yu Tang, one of the most well-known Chinese philosophers and writers in 1930's who lived mainly in the U.S since 1928. His many works represent an attempt to bridge the cultural gap between East and West and do so with considerable flair. The first two books, "My Country and My People" (1935) and "The Importance of Living" (1937), written in English in a charming and witty style, brought him international fame. "The Importance of Living" expresses his highly subjective, personal feelings after years of studying ancient Chinese texts, and creates a wonderfully slow-going yet radiantly clear guide to the simple life. Taking walks, drinking tea, long talks with friends are all important to Lin, whose stories and retellings of Taoist classics meander away from his points, find new ones, and remind us to enjoy the life that's all around us without needless worry.
By Yutang Lin, Paperback, English, 477 pages, 8.25"x5.75"