Sixty-Four Chance Pieces: A Book of Changes (Paperback)
The Chinese I Ching, or Book of Changes, is one of the oldest and strangest of all books, a masterpiece of world literature, a divination manual, and a magnet for the deranged and the obsessive. In Sixty-Four Chance Pieces, novelist and philosopher Will Buckingham puts the I Ching to work, using it to weave together 64 stories of chance and change, each flowing from one of the I Ching’s 64 hexagrams. Moving between myth, fable, and travel writing, the collection offers an attempt to make sense of the maddening, changeable book that is the I Ching, with tales of inventors and fox-spirits, ancient poets and nonexistent rulers, kleptomaniac pensioners and infernal bureaucrats. Like the I Ching itself, this new Book of Changes is a puzzle, a conundrum, and a journey of many transformations, where nothing is quite what it seems.
Will Buckingham is a novelist, philosopher, and children’s author whose published works include Cargo Fever; The Descent of the Lyre; Finding Our Sea-Legs; Levinas, Storytelling and Anti-Storytelling; and The Snorgh and the Sailor. He is a senior lecturer in creative writing at De Montfort University in Leicester, England.
“Traveling without arriving, seeking without expectation of finding; Will Buckingham is a writer and philosopher of great humility and talent. Profoundly spiritual, entrancingly enigmatic, this is a magical book about the author’s quest to understand the ancient Chinese art of divination—and ultimately himself.” —Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang, author, The Woman Who Lost China