The Te of Piglet: Saturday Review of Books #58

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Book Review

The Te of Piglet
by Benjamin Holt

I loved Benjamin Hoff’s first book in this series “The Tao of Pooh” that I was looking forward to reading this book.

Both books are best when the characters from Pooh interact with the author in ways that bring these childhood favourites back to life. Having the principles of Tao explain through the eyes of the Pooh characters is brilliant, instructional and just plain fun.

However in this second book things take a different turn, one that will perhaps please so readers but simply left me cold. You see in “The Te of Piglet”. Mt Hoff takes off on an un-Taoist rant against the politicians of our times, especially American. It’s not that I don’t think there is room to criticize these institutions; I just didn’t want to read the ranting amid the gentle land of Pooh Bear and Christopher Robin. The rants simply did not fit and I found myself skipping over these sections.

If you enjoy political dialogue you will probably enjoy these parts.

For the rest you get a more intimate view of Piglet, and Eeyore Tigger and Rabbit which is a joy all on its own. The book also delivers more insights in the path of Taoism, sometimes despite itself as an example of what Taoism is not.

If you love the characters from Pooh and you want to learn more about Taoism, this book is for you.

And just for a little fun to stir the child within you:

Beautiful Summer Morning Top Five Inspirational Books

for Weekending September 25, 2010

 

1.StrengthsFinder 2.0 By Tim Rath

2.Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose  by Tony Hsieh

3.The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman

4.Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

5.Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert

Quote about Books and Reading

Bread of flour is good; but there is bread, sweet as honey, if we would eat it, in a good book.  

Source:  John Ruskin

 

Well that’s a wrap for this week.

Get Inspired! Read a Book!

Nick


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