THE TAO OF POOH AND THE TE OF PIGLET
Personal enjoyment: 1
What did I like
-The inclusion of the characters we all love and know
-The humor dotted throughout
-The Tao of Pooh was silly but nice
What didn’t I like
-There was no sources for information
-The Te of Piglet felt very, aggressive.
-The whole book could have been 100+ pages shorter
Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist’s favorite food is honey. Through brilliant and witty dialogue with the beloved Pooh-bear and his companions, the author of this smash bestseller explains with ease and aplomb that rather than being a distant and mysterious concept, Taoism is as near and practical to us as our morning breakfast bowl. Romp through the enchanting world of Winnie-the-Pooh while soaking up invaluable lessons on simplicity and natural living.
This one was a conflicting read for me. I came into this with some semi high hopes. It was a well known book, it featured characters from my childhood and it was on a topic that is related to my studies. I thought I couldn’t really go wrong, but unfortunately, I did.
The Tao of Pooh and the Te of Piglet (TOP from now on) is a book that aims to simplify Taoism to the western reader. It wants to make the subject understandable and even relatable (which is where Pooh comes in) However, when doing this, the author went a little too heavy handed, and missed out some key things when it comes to a non fiction book for me.
It relied too heavily on the characters that we know and love. I think, this is a conflicting thing. Because more of it would have made my enjoyment go up, because I would have been seeing less of the authors writing, but then when it comes down to reviewing it, it wouldn’t be a good ‘non-fiction’ book, would it? When it relies on characters that are from fiction. In saying this, it also seems to source most materials from Chuang Tzu, who is in fact, not a real person (Technically, some of the things he said and did came from another person) So this book relies on these two almost ‘characters’ to carry it along and give us solid advice/evidence. So we use these two characters who are not real, to teach us about a real subject. It just, didn’t feel right.
The Te of Piglet took this book from being inspirational, to feeling bogged down and aggressive. The author seemed angry at the world, and like he was nitpicking. I found that while I was reading this half of the book, I was either being bogged down with a story about historical characters (I say a story because again, no references) and then in the next line it would change to this tone where the author portrays that corporations and businesses are bad and that we should go back to tree hugging. While I am a strong advocate for bettering our environment, this just wasn’t the way to show off those views and left me wondering if this whole book was just his opinions.
Positives wise? I truly found the parts with the characters humorous, I enjoyed seeing them come to life again and be reminded of their tales and adventures. But it didn’t feel like enough to carry the book on.
I personally wouldn’t recommend this edition of the book. Perhaps search out the Tao of Pooh on your own, but definitely leave the Te of Piglet alone.