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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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If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it. A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.

—Roald Dahl