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on 20 November 2016
the translation by George simpson is worse than I had expected. For those looking to read this, please get the translation by W. D. Halls, worth the price for the nuanced reader
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on 13 March 2014
Informative and helped with the essay I was writing on Durkheim, however difficult to read.

Very academic language and confusing to understand.

Would not recommend to anyone who does not already have knowledge of Durkheim
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on 8 February 1999
Durkheim's book must not be a big seller. This would explain why a new, better translation hasn't appeared. This present translation is, to put it bluntly, horrible. This is really a shame, as Durkheim's thesis is quite compelling (if not flawed).
On average, each page of text is missing about two dozen commas.
One example:
"Without the necessary act of satisfaction[,] what is called the moral consciousness could not be preserved."
Then there are the pedantic (and barely readable) constructions such as the following.
Halls's version:
"By this is explained why some acts have so frequently been held to be criminal..."
Revised:
"This explains why some acts have so frequently been held to be criminal..."?
Halls's version:
"Undoubtedly most of these are not harmful, for if they were, in such conditions the individual could not live."
Revised:
"Undoubtedly, most of these are not harmful; if they were, the individual could not live."
Finally, there are sentences that are so obfuscatory, I don't know how to fix them:
"In both cases the force shocked by the crime and that rejects it is thus the same." (I'm not kidding, this is one of Halls's actual sentences.)
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on 7 March 2016
Legible; unlikely to pass it on after death therefore condition not very important.
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on 23 May 2013
If the last reviewer had spent more time looking for meaning in Durkheims text instead of playing the tedious game of 'chase the punction' s/he may have managed to make sense of the prose... I had not trouble reading it - even the line that reads badly out of context is simple enough to grasp in text.
Classic text but it is not a translation that will work well for sticklers.
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