Come Tease Me!

TeaserTuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• 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!

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Thanks to MizB for starting this meme (and many others as well)!

My teaser for June 10 is this:

“We have seen that Daoism provided a channel for that other, more romantic side of Chinese human nature which was not satisfied by the pedestrian code of Confucianism. Although the full range of developed Confucianism did take account of the spiritual aspirations of man, in much of its practice it was confined to an ethic handbook for the scholar official and had little message and no solace for the common peasant or small merchant, whom it counseled to behave well and keep to his subordinate position.”

This comes from page 75 of China: Its History and Culture, 4th Edition by W. Scott Morton and Charlton M. Lewis.

I’d recommend this book for people like me who don’t know much about China and want a general introduction that is not too long.  I like the way they organize the book.  As with most histories, it proceeds chronologically. But in addition to including the facts of changing dynasties, wars, etc., each chapter also includes a section on cultural developments (such as religion, art, philosophy, literature, etc.)

Click here for the Amazon description.

What about you?  What are you reading?  Feel free to tease me with a couple of sentences!