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5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource & easy reference, 11 Jun 2009
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Other than in passing reference I am new to Confucius' body of work and The Analects have been an excellent place to start. D. C. Lau's introduction lays excellent ground for the reader to understand and put into context The Analects. It is this introduction that makes this translation stand out from others I perused before purchasing.

Having read through once I now use this book daily as a reference of useful and practical principles. Much of the guidance given by Confucius is as relevant today as it was over 2500 years ago. In the spirit of Confucius, I would recommend you apply his teachings as part of your own personal quest to self discovery to improve the world around you.

Ahead of his time, it is disappointing that Confucius and The Analects are not more common in education syllabuses to encourage young people to consider their environment, politics and relationships with other human beings. In a society where ego is usually a guiding principle of success, I highly recommend The Analects as your own personal `check and balance'.

I haven't changed the world and I've certainly not lost my ego, but the teachings of Confucius (in this publication) have helped me temper my arrogance and consider my relationships with friends relatives and colleagues; all for the better.
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Initial post: 15 Feb 2010 04:57:47 GMT
Helpful review, but i was just wondering why the four stars? Reading you review you seem to have nothing but praise for the book.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2010 10:27:50 GMT
Thank you for your kind feedback and good question! At the time of writing the review, when I'd had it for a relatively short period, I was still getting to grips with Confucius' teachings. At the time the missing star was due to the relevance of the material rather than the book, translation or introduction. Your comment has prompted me to update my review and extend to 5 stars. Thank you.
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