Monday, April 4, 2011

Sun Tzu's Art of Brief Commentary

So I downloaded Sun Tzu's Art of War onto my iPad, since the ebook was free.

Either I'm misunderstanding something, or this is a shockingly short book. I mean we are talking SHORT. 50 pages maybe? If that?

It's more like Sun Tzu's WarFAQ or something. Why did I always get the impression this book was huge?

5 comments:

Codgitator (Cadgertator) said...

Because a lot of business moguls have made a cottage industry out of writing 200-page books of commentary loosely resting on the 40 pages of a Chinese classic.

It reminds me of the bluff about how Muslims are all so much more devout than Christians because they are required to memorize the Qur'an, but Christians don't memorize their own holy book… while in fact the Qur'an is 2.5 times shorter. Texts are funny things.

Crude said...

Yeah, I figured that was the reason. I was checking around on amazon, and the Art of War books seem constantly matched with "With commentary by..!"

Drew said...

My copy's about 75 pages

Crude said...

I have it on the iPad where page numbers don't really work as an estimate. But really, even 75 is shorter than I expected. Whenever I've seen Sun Tzu's Art of War on someone's shelf, it's always been this weighty looking thing.

IlĂ­on said...

When you're "writing" with a brush on pieces of bamboo wood, it is in your interest to be concise.