This adaptation of a Chinese folktale begins with a man's dissatisfaction with his life. Weary of being a stonecutter, he becomes many things in his quest for authority, each time finding that greater power lies elsewhere. Rooted in Taoist principles, Stonecutter is a story about the nature of power and the value of accepting who you are.
Originally published in a limited, fine art edition and long out of print, this is one of Jon J Muth's most heartfelt and exquisite works, and a book he entrusted to Feiwel and Friends to reach a wide new audience.
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About the Author
JON J MUTH has written and illustrated many acclaimed picture books including his Caldecott Honor title, Zen Shorts, which Kirkus proclaimed, "As perfect a picture as can be"; and The Three Questions, which the New York Times Book Review called "quietly life-changing." His newest book, Zen Ties, debuted this spring and immediately landed on the New York Times bestseller list. He lives in New York State with his wife and four children.
JOHN KURAMOTO has collaborated on the text for many comic books and graphic novels, including The Crow. He lives in New York State.
JON J MUTH has written and illustrated many acclaimed picture books including his Caldecott Honor title, Zen Shorts, which Kirkus proclaimed, “As perfect a picture as can be”; and The Three Questions, which the New York Times Book Review called “quietly life-changing.” His book Zen Ties was a New York Times bestseller. He lives in New York State with his wife and four children.
JOHN KURAMOTO has collaborated on the text for many comic books and graphic novels, including The Crow, as well as Jon J Muth's Stonecutter. He lives in New York State.
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By Jon J Muth, John Kuramoto
Feiwel and FriendsCopyright © 1994 John Kuramoto
All rights reserved.
The stonecutter stood before the stone, deciding where to begin.
When at last he chose the proper spot, he drove the chisel into the stone with the hammer.
The work was long, and slow, and difficult.
The stonecutter's hands were as strong and rough as the stone they cut.
As he worked, the stonecutter thought to himself, "This stone is as old as the earth, and will be here long after I am gone."
"Each night I go home covered in dust millions of years old."
"Each morning I go to cut stones again, just as I have done my entire life.
Is there nothing more for me?"
The stonecutter chiseled the stone into blocks, cutting each block according to the stone's natural shape.
"Perhaps this will be made into bricks for a temple, or a wealthy man's palace."
"Perhaps it will be carved into a beautiful sculpture."
"But I have only uncarved blocks to offer."
The stone yielded to the stonecutter's tools in fragments, taking shape under his hands.
"I have no authority. I have no power."
When he finished the stone block, he took it to town to sell.
There he passed by many merchants, and finally sold his block to one of them.
The stonecutter looked at the merchant, wearing clothes rich and fine.
And he knew that the merchant would sell the stone block for much more money than he had given the stonecutter, without the slightest labor on his part.
The stonecutter cursed his aching back. He cursed his poverty and lowly status.
He cursed the past that brought him here and the future that would take him nowhere.
He decided to abandon his life as a stonecutter and become a merchant.
And so he became a merchant, trading things instead of making them, and he became very rich.
He lived in luxury, without having to work hard, for now there were others to do the hard work for him.
His hands became delicate and soft, his manners refined.
Other people envied his good fortune.
But one day, a high official passed by in a grand procession, and everyone, rich or poor, had to bow down to him.
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