Mr.Lin's immortal masterpiece is one of my favorite. It's a shame that the English Version published in China is a kind of patchy one. Too many eliminated details probably blunted its brilliance. Nevertheless, no matter how incomplete it might be, this book is also on the tops of my list.
Lin's a master of English. The language itself is enough a reason for me to read. Furthermore, his enlightening thinkings and comments on the philosophy of living greatly influenced me and confidently displayed the wisdom of a Chinese scholar.
He was brought up in the Christian family. His gradual conversion from a pious Christian to a so-called pagan was elaborated by himself in this book. Of course he showed the influence of Chinese philosophy in his conversion.
There are numerous great Chinese writers. But seldom can we see someone who writes that much in another language, especially when his writing is mainly about Chinese culture and wisdom.