12 February, 2013

Teaser Tuesday (108)

Teaser Tuesday, hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading, is a weekly book-oriented meme.

Rules for participating:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week, my teaser is from The Art of War by Sun Tzu, or Sun Zi, or Master Sun, or however you like to Anglicize his name. I'm reading it for fun (can you read books on war "for fun"?) because I haven't read many (translation: Basically zero) Asian classics and this one is fairly well-known.

A ruler can bring misfortune
     Upon his troops
     In three ways: 
     Ordering them
     To advance
     Or to retreat
     When they should not
     Is called
     Hobbling the army; 
     Ignorant interference
     In military decisions
     Officers and men; 
     Ignorant meddling
     In military appointments
     Officers and men.

-p. 17 "Strategic Offensive"

(Hey, for once I'm not actually posting more than two sentences! I thought about putting up the next sentence as well, but that would have made for a teaser about twice as long as it already is. And it's pretty long.)


Have you read The Art of War or any other Asian classic? What's your current read?

-----The Golden Eagle


Jessica G. said...

I really ought to read this one, too. It is quoted so often in other books I've read. Thanks!
Here's mine: http://duckduckcow.blogspot.com/2013/02/teaser-tuesday-haze.html

Beth said...

This is an interesting pick for a "read for fun" book! The cover is interesting.

Pat Hatt said...

Haven't read it, but I have heard it quoted a bazillion times in movies and tv.

Rusty Webb said...

I have read it. It reads a lot like the book of Proverbs from the Bible to me. You know, just collected wisdom of the time.

That said, I am a bit ignorant of the historical context of The Art of War and so I'm probably missing things.

L.G. Smith said...

Yep, I've read it. I refer to it quite a lot since I've never been a war strategist...yet decided to write a novel about a civil war.

Crystal Collier said...

Haven't read that one yet. You say to pick up your current read, but I'm currently reading 7 different books. Complicates things a bit, eh? But for fun I'm currently deciding between Enders Game and Paranormalcy. Votes?

Connie Keller said...

No, I've never read it. I'm curious to know what you think of it when you're finished.

Right now I'm reading The Historian.

Susan Kane said...

Much wisdom said in few words. Thanks.

Stephanie Verhaegen said...

Very nice teaser! Really like it. Might pick this book up next time I see it.

Here's my Teaser!

~Stephanie @ Bookfever

michelle said...

Some classics should be included in a "literary diet"...
Interesting choice!

JeffO said...

Nay to both. My military history tends to be focused on WWII. I'm once again between reads, having just finished Gone Girl (fantastic, by the way).

Michael Di Gesu said...

No, I haven't read this one, but It does give one the feeling of ancient wisdom.

Romance Book Haven said...

This sounded interesting and I would like to read it. Thanks for posting!


Liz said...

I saw a lovely documentary about it on the Discovery Channel, but I haven't gotten around to reading it myself. (Oh, I miss the Great Books show they used to have. It was a great way to learn about classic books.)

And at the moment I'm between books. I'm not allowed to read during the week. If I do, I'll stay up until 2 AM. This is bad since I have to get up at 6. (And if I'm in the middle of a book, I'll read anyway, so all books must be started and finished over the weekend.)

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Oh cool. Is this a novel in verse?

Bethany Elizabeth said...

You read such interesting things! I'm reading The Name of the Wind right now by Patrick Rothfuss, and it's amazing. :) Two sentences, right?
"I considered the lay of the land and followed some animal trails. By the time I found a small spring-fed pool nestled among some birch trees, I could see the sky purpling into dusk behind the trees."
(It's a wonderful book, did I mention?)

Brinda said...

I'm impressed that you are reading that for fun. :)

mshatch said...

Yes, in fact, it's sitting on my desk as I've been making use of it in my current wip. It's a great book.

....Petty Witter said...

One of the books that my husband has, I can't say I've ever thought of picking it up until now.

Emily R. King said...

I read this so long ago. I should reread it. Enjoy!

Anthony said...

I read the first few pages of 'The Art of War;' however, I haven't had a chance to get back to it...

Cherie Reich said...

I've always wanted to read The Art of War. From that teaser, it definitely makes sense. :)

Anonymous said...

sounds pretty good, I'll check it out!

Dan said...

The only Asian classic I've read is Three Kingdoms. At 2300 pages, it was a long haul.

The Golden Eagle said...

Jessica: You're welcome! :)

Beth: LOL. Yeah, maybe "fun" isn't the right word.

Pat: I've noticed quotes from it, too. Though they're kind of hard to pin down, it being translated from Chinese.

Rusty: I think that's actually what it is--collected thoughts, not a how-to manual. The Penguin Classics edition I took out of the library has a detailed introduction to the book.

L.G.: That's part of the reason I wanted to read it! I've written about war but don't actually know a whole lot about strategy/tactics.

Crystal: Ender's Game! I loved that book. :) Though Paranormalcy was fun, too.

Connie: It's fascinating so far.

Susan: You're very welcome.

Stephanie: I'm glad you liked the teaser!

Michelle: Thanks. Hopefully this work will be good for the digestion. :)

JeffO: WWII was a fascinating period. Tragic, too, of course.

Michael: The format helps, I think; I believe the original characters were written in verses.

Liz: My mom has the Great Books (except for a couple). I didn't know they'd made a show out of them--that's cool.

I know what you mean. If a book's really good I'll lose sleep--needed sleep. :P

Stina: Non-fiction book in verse, actually. :)

Bethany: I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that trilogy. It's one of my all-time favorite YA series!

Brinda: I really wanted to get around something Eastern; I've read a lot of Western fiction and non-fiction but very little from the other side of the world.

Mshatch: Awesome!

Petty Witter: It's a very interesting book.

Emily: Thank you!

Anthony: It takes some digestion. I don't think I could speed read through The Art of War . . .

Cherie: It's lucid, though the verse form is unusual.

Juliet: Hope you like it!

Dan: I've never read that book, but 2.3k pages sounds terrifying. :P

Paul Tobin said...

I've been thinking of reading this for years. I have read the Tao Te Ching, I am drawn to the perspective it promotes, I suppose it fits with the Tai Chi. I like the oblique nature of the writing, it's not one of those self-help books that are directive and poorly written assuming your experience is identical to the authors, so that if it worked for them it must work for everyone.
I have an Ian M. banks and Edward Bunker's autobiography on the go.

Dazzling Mage said...

Love the teaser! Really need to get around and reading this book. Feel like I'll learn from it (not war, but...life?)

laughingwolf said...

excellent book, my constant companion for many years :)