Irene Bloom is a sensitive and well-trained scholar. Her translation of Mencius, one of the most influential philosophical works ever written in China, marks an important step forward for Asian and Confucian studies.(Harold D. Roth, professor of religious and East Asian studies and director, Contemplative Studies Initiative, Brown University)
Irene Bloom's book is an exemplification of the best Sinological scholarship. Its interpretive brilliance will be a source of inspiration for years to come.(Tu Weiming, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Peking University, and senior research fellow, Harvard University)
While Mencius may be generally more 'accessible' when compared with other classical Chinese texts, as P. J. Ivanhoe observes, it is still a challenge to capture in translation the flavor of its fine prose and the force of its arguments. This, I think, is precisely what Bloom sets out to do, and we are richly rewarded for her effort. Her translation is eminently reliable and has a graceful directness and simplicity. Ivanhoe's introduction helpfully highlights key ethical, political, and religious views and relates them to relevant contemporary philosophical debates. This book will be widely used and consulted by scholars.(Alan K. L. Chan, National University of Singapore)
A tremendous accomplishment that crowns Bloom's exemplary career.... Essential.(Choice) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Mencius is most famous for his claim that human nature is good.
This certainly captured my attention and any reader, be they scholarly or just for interest would do well to be introduced to Mencius by D.C. Lau's translation.
Regardless of my rating, if you wish to understand Chinese thought in that era you must read this book.
I don't know how people can't go without learning a thing or two from philosophers from the past! Makes a big difference in your lives!!Published 5 months ago by AL
This book is well translated. It is clear and easy to read. The intro is pretty helpful too. The penguin classics version is perfect for a college student taking an intro to... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Gerard S. Murphy
I cannot believe this book was allowed to be published. It is full of typos and the translation looks like a first-draft at best. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
I meant to buy the D.C.Lau translation. I searched on amazon for the D.C.Lau translation and there it was. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sean Trostel
Just a warning about the Kindle edition: the 2.99 version is Legge's translation, not Lau's. It should not be listed on the page for Lau's translation of Mencius. Read morePublished 17 months ago by philostratos
I came across this by chance whilst in that wonderful bookship in Oxford - Blackwells - and was captivated by it. D.C. Read morePublished on October 24, 2011 by travelswithadiplomat
Penguin has once again provided an affordable, very readable edition of a classic work. The book is nicely proportioned with a comfortable print.Published on July 16, 2009 by Larry R. Spears
First of all, this is an excellent edition of Mencius. The introduction is great, the translation is seamless, and the appendices are insightful as well. Read morePublished on June 18, 2009 by Charles E. Stevens
I found Mencius to be an excellent book, which clarified and drew out a lot of the Confucianist principles found in the analects, with much lengthier explanations offered. Read morePublished on March 4, 2009 by Taylor Ellwood