Book Review: Tao Te Ching: A New English Version. This is a beautiful, lyric translation of the Tao Te Ching. It's simple, clear prose makes it very approachable, especially for those who may be new to the material. I own both the full size paperback and the compact edition. Both are wonderful. The compact edition sacrifices none of the words, yet fits neatly in a shirt pocket. It's great for travel, although some readers may find the print a bit smallish.