The Tao of Pooh – Benjamin Hoff

Writing: 3/5
Subject: 3/5
Overall: 3/5 

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I grew up reading, and watching Winnie-the-Pooh, so when I walked into a random San Francisco book store and saw the Tao of Pooh, I was intrigued. Flashforward a year later and I found myself with a copy – it was meant to be a gift but my friend texted me the same day saying he finished reading it so I kept it for myself.

It was my second read of 2018 and a quick one as well. The concept of the book was intriguing but overall it was slightly underwhelming. Hoff’s aim is to explain the principles of Taoism through Winnie-the-Pooh and his adventures. I know nothing about Taoism, and I had hoped that reading this book would help me understand it a little better. Sadly, it did not turn out that way.

It wasn’t terrible, in fact it did lead to a good amount of self reflection and shift in perspective. However, I don’t think I actually learned anything about Taoism. The authors explanations of Taoist principles, at times, comes across as misunderstood. Perhaps he lacked the appropriate language and things were lost in translation. There were moments where the author basically tells you to be selfish and only do things you enjoy doing. He encourages the reader to do nothing at all because that’s the secret behind being happy. Life will just work it’s path.

Maybe, I am not spiritually deep enough to understand what Hoff was trying to say, or maybe he was poor at communicating it. Either way, I would still recommend this book to anyone who’s even slightly intrigued. It’s an easy read, perfect for travelling. Most of all because despite the gaps in his writing, Hoff does have his moments of introspection that start your wheels whirring. In fact this weeks Wishlist Wednesday might even feature the Te of Piglet.

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