The Analectsby Confucius
Pub. Date: 08/01/2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
In this terse, brilliant translation, Simon Leys restores the human dimension to Confucius. He emerges a full-blooded character with a passion for politics and a devotion to the ideals of a civilization he saw in decline. Leys's Notes draw Confucius into conversation with the great thinkers of the Western tradition. In all, this volume provides new readers the perfect introduction to a classic work.
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I am a high school sophomore. I read this book The Analects for my English research project. I found this book to be very intriguing because I am personally very interested in learning about new cultures as well as lifestyles. In The Analects it explains the different terms and quotes very well. The book is fairly easy to read not only because there is no true story line but because it is made up of quotes and anecdotes either told by Confucius or his disciples. If you are uncertain about a word, term, or even phrase there is a very helpful glossary that I greatly enjoyed. The only problem that I found upon reading this book was that there was very little biographical information which was very disappointing especially when your entire project is on Confucius. While I read this book I couldn’t stop highlighting things because lots of the anecdotes and quotes are very enlightening. I definitely recommend you read this book if you have interests in philosophy and different cultures. Some quotes and anecdotes are straight forward and other require a bit more analyizing. The qoutes can be about anything from a child and their parent to a husband and his wife. There is many ways to interpret the anecdotes and it is truly up to you and how you feel. So, I guess you will have to read and interpret them however you like.