Language: Français | Number of pages: 208 | Format: Others
Isbn-10: 2251338233 | Isbn-13: 9782251338231 | Publish date: 01/01/2008
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I bought this book at the Musee Guimet. I was very excited to see a book about Tang history that I'd not read before. This book is definitely a popular history rather than scholarly but I still really liked it. The book focuses on the life of the literati during the Tang, what they studied, their philosophy and a little bit about daily living. The book "recreates" an example family and tells the story of three young boys growing up and being educated in the Classics and ends after they have taken the examinations and been awarded places in the imperial government. The book is a nice introduction to the ways of thinking and being in the upper classes in Tang China. It does however fall a little short in that it is almost entirely focused on the Confucian side of things and the Buddhists and the Taoists hardly get a mention (which didn't strike me as that appropriate for the Tang dynasty as this was pre-neo-confucian and the religions were highly popular). The other short coming of the book was that it focused almost entirely on the men within the family. But as a general introduction to Chinese thought and history it was very good. I'd definitely recommend it as a starting place for people who are interested in Chinese history and philosophy (and can read French).
Robot-mel dit le May 05, 2012, 10:09