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The Te of Piglet

a book review

product linkThe Te of Piglet
authorBenjamin Hoff
date reviewed2004.01.10

This is a sequel, of sorts to The Tao of Pooh. Once again, it dissects the "Winnie the Pooh" works of A. A. Milne as a Taoist work. It discusses the "Te" (Way of the Small) evidenced in the character of Pooh's sidekick Piglet. Through a rather belabored dialectic framework, the author highlights the courage and strength by which the small accomplish something in the world around them, on which they have little direct impact.

While an interesting concept to explore, the book is much more ponderous than The Tao of Pooh, more didactic, and more shrill. By taking stabs at the then-current Bush (I) administration, and with pot-shots at then-modern feminism, the book is more dated and irrelevant than the earlier, more timeless work.

I picked them up together at a used book shop and am glad to have them on my shelf, but it's the first that I prefer.

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Remove everything that has no relevance to the story. If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it's not going to be fired, it shouldn't be hanging there.

—Anton Chekhov