- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Chinese Univ Pr; 2nd edition (March 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9622015271
- ISBN-13: 978-9622015272
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,198,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Analects Hardcover – March, 1997
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“For more than two millennia, the teachings of Confucius have served as a guide for a substantial portion of humanity. English-language readers seeking to understand this remarkable body of thought are fortunate to have Annping Chin’s highly readable and judiciously annotated edition of The Analects.” —Henry A. Kissinger
“An astonishingly lucid exposition of The Analects. A kind of serene insight pervades the commentaries.” —Harold Bloom
“An incomparable new volume that combines a fresh and sympathetic translation with a wonderfully readable annotation. It is a joy to use and will unlock a whole new level of meaning for English-language readers.” —Orville Schell, Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations and co-author of Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-First Century --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Chinese
Top Customer Reviews
The fact that Confucius lived thousands of years ago is amazing to me ... the things he says apply to people throughout the ages, and they're full of wisdom. Having read the book, I find myself trying to be a bit more of a Confucian gentleman than I did before reading it. Confucius' teachings about humanity and being a gentleman span across the ages.
I'm very glad I read this book. The only reason I didn't give the book 5 stars is because I can't compare it to other translations, and it seems a little improper to rate a translated book without comparing it to other translations. But I personally found Leys' lines to be easily understandable and interesting, even if I have no way of ascertaining their accuracy with the original text.
**7/31/09 UPDATE** I was looking to buy a copy of the Analects for a friend when I came across my own review when trying to decide between versions ... which is a somewhat strange feeling! I'm still not an "expert", but having read several more Chinese classics in the meantime, including a few versions of the Analects, I thought I would update this review. I think the Leys translation is a very good introduction to the Analects for someone who is looking for a starting point in Confucian thought. The translation is a little bit loose but flows well in English, the introduction gives a good amount of context without going overboard, and the notes are nicely situated at the end to prevent clutter. This makes it a good version for the Confucius novice, a comment I mean in earnest and not a backhanded compliment.Read more ›
1) Two introductions, including a very useful and welcome comparison of three earlier translations.
2) The Analects, without any footnotes, commentary, or original Chinese -- giving off the impression of being stark naked. The translation is quite good, and does not jump at the chance to make arbitrary revisionist changes like Slingerland, or wrecking the text with philosophical expressions like Ames and Rosemont. My main critique is that it does not lend itself to quick and easy discovery of the interpretation, the original text, and the translator's textual notes. As such it is less than ideal for serious study. Even Legge's translation would be better in this respect.
One positive thing about this choice of format is that it makes it clear how vague Confucius is without any context and why a guiding hand and critical mind are so necessary for Confucianism, but having read many Analects translations, I get the idea by now.
3) A healthy collection of endnotes, placed right in the middle of the book and hard to flip back and forth to easily.
4) A number of new essays about the Confucian tradition, of which some are both informative and entertaining, but others are written from a weirdly disinterested and slightly flippant perspective.Read more ›
The notes, to the degree that they comment on the text itself or on the translation choices, are illuminating only for someone who has read other translations and has something to compare them to. But what quickly becomes apparent is that, under the guise of a translation with notes, what we have here is something like an anthology. Borges, Pascal, Stendhal, C. S. Lewis, Marcus Aurelius, Nietzsche, even Pancho Villa and many others are given long and full quotes. Sometimes they shed light on the original. Sometimes there is only a tangential relationship; one gets the impression that Leys was simply reminded of something and decided to share it, as in a conversation. They are always very interesting: this is the delight of the book.Read more ›
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I needed this book for a class. It came in great condition, the printing is very clear on every page and there were no folds at all. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Phoebe
The binding is unique and special. This is my first time have any book of this binding. When I saw it I showed it off to my family. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M.A.G.
The premier translation of the Analects with an Into that explains important termsPublished 3 months ago by James R Olsen
This is a world respected text and the basis for Chinese ethics and politics since 100 BCE. We can use this text in many domains;ethics, politics,history, philosophy and religion. Read morePublished 4 months ago by K. masters
Analects, in case you were wondering, are "selected passages from the writings of an author.” I mention this definition here because it seems that the only time we use the term... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Paul Haspel