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The Annals of Lü Buwei 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0804733540
ISBN-10: 0804733546
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Knoblock (philosophy, Univ. of Miami, FL) and Riegel (Chinese, Univ. of California, Berkeley) make a signal contribution to the translated canon of Chinese historical/philosophical works with this version of the L shi chun qiu, the third-century B.C.E. work commissioned by Qin dynasty merchant and prime minister L Buwei. This compendium of early Chinese thought, divided into three sections, is also a work of history, an almanac, and a manual of state ritual. Though it was written at a time when legalism dominated the philosophical schools in China, it is quite anti-Legalist in tone. Not only do the editors provide a highly readable and complete translation of the work, but they also offer an annotated text in Chinese, following the time-honored Sinological tradition. By basing their translation on Chen Qiyou's critical edition, which was used by Taiwan's Academic Sinica for an electronic database, they allow readers to consult the full text (www.sinica.edu.tw/ftms-bin/ftmsw3). In the book, the reader can consult the entire text, with its almanacs and essays on history and other subjects in its distinctive Taoistic tone, as well as valuable appendixes, including fragments and a preface to the text, affiliations reflected in each chapter, an alphabetical finding list, and an extensive glossary. This translation is in accord with the high standards set by L when he first commissioned this encyclopedic work. Recommended for East Asian collections in public and academic libraries.DD.E. Perushek, Northwestern Univ. Lib., Evanston, IL
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"This book gives us the first complete English translation of the Lushi chunqiu. . . . Knoblock and Riegel aim for a book "in convenient form that will serve the needs of the general reader while providing the scholar with the information necessary to understand the decisions we have made in translating the text." They have succeeded admirably. . . . Recommended for all collections on early China."—Religious Studies Review


"John Knoblock and Jeffrey Riegel have provided us with a marvelous work in this first rate annotated translation of the complete extant text, as well as extensive notes and appendices. . . . In the past, we have found ourselves in debt to the late John Knoblock for his Xunzi. Now we are further indebted to him and Jefrey Riegel for this splendid scholarly work."—American Jounal of Chinese Studies
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 880 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804733546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804733540
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,449,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an outstanding work for anyone interested in the Warring States period at any level. Beginners will find the translation straight-forward, readable, even engaging from time to time. For those a little more advanced, the Preface and Introduction will prove to be extremely helpful (as the library reviews indicate). For advanced students, the translators have included the literary Chinese based on the critical edition--in traditional characters, in an easily readable script. One can only wish that we could have scholarly works like this (i.e., accessible even by beginners) for other Warring States texts, particularly the Zhang Guo Ce, XunZi, MoZi, etc.
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In 1969-70 I had the pleasure of taking a course in ancient Chinese history taught by the late John Knoblock. I found it fascinating. We had to consult translations of the original chronicles, and I became familiar with the world that is likewise presented in the present book. Every intelligent person ought to read at least one of these chronicles, if only to balance a view of the ancient world that otherwise might be dominated by the Greek and Roman historians.
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The original deserves five+ stars, and the translation is not bad. Only complaint is the binding. Our library has an earlier edition and it is very well bound. This later edition is poorly bound, considering the price and the quality of the writing.
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It happens I'm a native speaker reads both the ancient text and English. I found the translation is very poor. We cannot translate the ancient Chinese text like the ways we do for the contemporary Chinese. If we do this then the translation lost its original meaning and become nonsense. The author should first understanding the text before translate them. A simple example, in the ancient China, music notes has different names, and each of these names has meanings. The author only copied the sound over as part of the translation, then it not only did not reflect the original meaning but also it turned the text into nonsense. This is a common problem of westerners translating the Chinese ancient text due to their lacking of in depth of knowledge about Chinese classical literature.
The book is poorly translated, I do not recommend.
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