Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Félicitations Teaparker!

Son livre 'Un voyage dans le monde du thé chinois' a été distingué lors de la foire du livre de Taipei qui a eu lieu la semaine dernière. En effet, il a été sélectionné comme l'un des 12 livres à lire en 2007 (parmi les centaines de livres qui furent soumis au jury). Et c'est vrai que c'est un livre plaisant. Même si on ne lit pas le chinois, les nombreuses photos en couleurs sont très belles et parlent la langue universelle du thé!

Teaparker's book "A walk in the world of Chinese tea' has been selected by the Taipei Book Fair last week as one of the 12 books to read in 2007! Congratulations!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Would you happen to know whether or
not the English version of that book
would be available outside of Taiwan too?

I'd love to read it, but find getting
books published in Taiwan pretty difficult here in Austria :-)

Stephane said...

As far as I know, his books are not translated in English. Teaparker has encouraged me to do the translations in English and/or French, but I'm still toying with the idea. A simple translation doesn't really appeal to me. I would like to add my own perspective, like I do in this blog. Not as equals, but more like a master (Teaparker)- student (me) approach. This would make the book also accessible for (western)beginners. Any thoughts?

Anonymous said...

I was not aware that the book was not
translated (yet).

While this would not be the only
chinese book about tea and teaware
that I own and value, a translation
would greatly increase the books
value for me.

I guess I'll have to wait then, and
maybe in the not-too-distant future
I'll find an announcement of your
translation of the book posted on
your blog.

All the best
Michael

Michel said...

Most books about Tea are static and simplistic.
There are almost no real books on pu-er other than in chinese, bar from a few health studies in german and french and Clowd's book "a first step to chinese pu ehr" where I learned nothing new.

Your outlook is non-compromising, and dynamic by nature. A co-authores book by Stéphane and teaparker now that would be ..
Cherished!

jim.gorjy said...

Last night, i saw a BBC TV program called "Around the World in 80 Trades".

On the show, Teaparker do a trade of "valuable" classic-tea with Connor (main character on the program). Teaparker is portrayed committing a fraud on that trade. What Teaparker has claimed and guaranteed about the tea and the prospect was absolutely rubbish when Connor found out the reality of the tea value in japan.

Is it real? Did Teaparker manage that trickery to gain fast profit from Connor? Or is the program wrongly directed?

Stephane said...

Jim,
I have heard about that program. In my opinion, Connor bought something he couldn't understand well enough in the short time. Prices for old teas can be checked here:
http://teamasters.blogspot.com/2009/12/tea-auction-in-beijing.html

So, Teaparker was correct about the prices. But these prices are obtained in auctions, when customers compete with each other. What both Teaparker and Connor failed to appreciate, I think, is that if an individual buyer is approached (by a young British guy with zero tea knowledge and constrained by time), this takes much away from the perceived value of a tea.
With old teas, we are talking more of works of art than a commodity. Perception is everything.

This also reminds us that there is no free lunch in this world! C