Mar 17, 09
The book seeks to help the reader study koans without the help of a Zen master. This is a lofty goal and, I'm afraid, the goal was not quite achieved.
John Tarrant's writing style was very warm and instructive and reading the book was quite easy. He captured the challenge of working with koans well. Unfortunately, I think individual experiences in working with the koans vary too much for a book to be as much help as an actual person could be. If Tarrant starts a correspondence course for people with Zen Koans, I'll be the first to sign up!
This aside, I feel like this book is the probably the best introduction on the subject of koans a person can find!