Sunday, December 14, 2008

Monday Bunday; Book Review

The top is quite tasty, but will it make me grow taller?

The Spots bought a book at the local bookstore. It was of reasonable price because it was a "remainder". What we used to called in the record business an "over pressing", which means it didn't sell so well at the original list price. This book has a catchy title, so it was purchased. It is comprised of Chinese sayings mostly from that 6th century BC classic,  The Art of War
Could we learn something from this book, or could it learn something from us?

The first part of the book goes through the sayings and elaborates on them. For example the favorite saying "A clever rabbit has three hiding places" is further explained thusly, "The world is full of hunters and each hunter brings danger. The hunted have their hiding places, but the hunter knows them too. That is why it is necessary to fool the hunter and offer him an empty hiding place while you have secretly prepared another place of safety." 
I think I can hide use it to hide behind  (not quite, Sydney)

The second part of the book offers an A-Z of everyday situations and relevant stratagems. Success is just a quote away. Under  C we find Conscience and one of the situations reads "I have a bad conscience and want to feel better." Here the advice is to  "scold the goat because the milk is sour" or in other words if you have made a mistake and want to avoid punishment shift the blame to someone else. 
This is an excellent hiding place, I sure can't see you......

Hmm, but then wouldn't you just find bad because you'd caused a possibly innocent person to be unfairly blamed ? Well, the book doesn't quite all fit together, but it is a good introduction to some classic Chinese sayings such as: A good horse runs by itself:  Learn from the teacher and the tinker: Let the meal cook slowly: (and finally) Make everyone happy.


16 comments:

M.Kate said...

What a nice post..though I dont know if I'll buy one with this title hehe..Happy week ahead, big hugs to Tyler and Sydney and to you too :D

bunnygirl said...

Hm. I don't know that I want Cadbury learning anything from The Art of War. It sounds like asking for trouble.

What's funny is that my Monday Bunday has a "hiding" theme, too. And RG's Goldie is definitely hiding in her stocking cap. Odd how the universe works.

furrybutts said...

Hehe the Chinese definitely have some very interesting sayings!

Hmm.. I think I should try to find the bunnies' third hiding place when I get home today. So far, I only know of 2 (the cardboard box and the couch).. wonder where the third will be, lol!

mum of critters said...

That's a great book! What fun. While it sounds like it has many good sayings i bet it could learn from Tyler and Sydney too... maybe they should write a book!

PJ said...

The Art of War as interpreted by "Two Buns", now there's a best-seller.

Crafty Green Poet said...

It sounds like an interesting book and the bunns look adorable posing with it as they are...

Carlton Jamal said...

Mama says I have 5 hiding places, does that make me a genius?!

tlc illustration said...

Most authentic, ancient Chinese sayings are just.... odd.

Hugs to the buns.

Rabbits' Guy said...

"Two bunnies warm a heart ... many bunnies warm a house." Confused said ...

The Bunns said...

RG still needs some enlighenment!

RoadBunner said...

Your rabbits are quite prolific readers! Mario has FOUR hiding places.

YowlYY said...

Hugo and Miss Eve have 3 hiding places. And then of course there is the new hiding place of Hugo, under the hay in the litter box. Hmmm...can it be considered a hiding place?

Bookish Reader said...

I find some of my best deals on books at this local used/remainder bookstore. I never knew they were called over pressings in the music biz.

Mrs. Sniffles said...

That book sounds so interesting! I wonder if my Bunny Mommy can find it for me to hide behind! I also wanted to send a belated thank you for the wonderful purthday wishes you sent.

Elizabeth said...

What literate erudite rabbits inhabit your life!

Glenna said...

I like the idea of having three hiding places. Although I might prefer five.