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The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
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Sep 05, 11

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Read in September, 2011

The Tao of Pooh.

So after much procrastination and a wicked sore throat which has left me a homebody for most of this fine labor day weekend, I've finally finished reading this. I am very glad that I did though.

To be honest, I was quite skeptical of this book which makes an attempt to show a parallel between the adventures of Winnie the Pooh with Taoist philosophy. I at first thought that this would be a gimmicky sorta book, meant to sell to people captivated by Pooh bear at an early age (myself included). I was wrong though, the author, Benjamin Hoffman, does a good job of weaving entertaining bits of Pooh bear, creative dialogue, and Taoist stories together to create a book that has really helped me reflect on life, work, and happiness. There are some parts that definitely challenge the reader, accusing him or her of being something called a "bisy backson" which basically means a busy-body who is always trying to go somewhere, never content with what they have. Of course, the fact that it's in poohspeak softens the blow, which makes it easier I think for the hardened bisy backson to lighten up.

I would recommend anyone who is stressing about anything in life to read this. It'll probably help you live longer. Personally, I plan on revisiting this book again in the future, just as a friendly reminder of the Pooh Way.

Revision: This is meant to be a cotton-candy sorta read that offers a *very* basic overview of Taoism. I wouldn't recommend any Chinese Philosophy majors to quote this in their thesis oh Taoism haha. Seriously, lighten up, GoodReads reviewers!
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