Finding ones way around Buddhist scriptures can be a bit confusing. After much reading of introductions and notes in other books and many Amazon searches, I figured out that the Prajanaparamita Sutra in 8000 Lines is an older, basic precursor to the Heart Sutra. I bought the translation by Conze and began earnestly reading it. However, because of its density and quirky translation of certain terms, it is more academically inspiring than spiritually inspiring! Then I saw this book and splurged for another "translation." Don't be turned off because it is "only" a modern paraphrase. The transparency of modern language lets the true meaning of emptiness shine through and affect the way you see everything. Truly beautiful. Thank you, Bodhisattva Lex Hixon.
This is one of the most poetically beautiful books written on the "Great Matter". The introduction is helpful to those who have not been exposed to the radical nature of these teachings.
Don't be put off by the review that indicates that he got a little tired of hearing it over and over again for 210 pages. Some chapters resonate with such vibrancy that I have read them over and over--just for the beauty of revisiting them.
However, as with most books of this nature, if it doesn't work for you it doesn't. It doesn't do any good to force it.