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The Complete Confucius: The Analects, The Doctrine Of The Mean, and The Great Learning with an Introduction by Nicholas Tamblyn Paperback – December 9, 2016
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If you already are very familiar with Confucius, this may be a good text for you.
As far as an English translation, it's quite bad. Not knowing Chinese, I don't know how literally the author is translating the Chinese, but the English sentence structure is terrible and meandering. It's very confusing and if the intent is for English readers to understand what is being discussed, it utterly fails.
There are no notes to facilitate understanding the context of anything that is said. I realize that the Analects are essentially a collection of Confucius' sayings, but without notes or explanations, the new reader is unable to distinguish persons, names, places. Most of the time, I can't get at the meaning of anything the Master is saying.
I've relied heavily on outside resources to help me interpret the book, but I would not buy this particular edition again.
I am also glad I read the two works that aren’t “The Analects”, “The Doctrine of the Mean” and “The Great Learning”, which show the teachings in a wider context. Each of the texts is a fast read compared to some other philosophical books, written in easy to understand language.
There are many teachings that everyone can relate to and it should be necessary reading for everyone as the messages (simple at heart) of kindness, friendship, diligence and hard work, and treating others as you wish to be treated are teachings that always need to be shared.