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Monkey by Wu Ch'eng-en


by Wu Ch'eng-en

Other authors: Arthur Waley (Translator)

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Monkey! I love this adaptation and translation. Most chapters end with a variation on "and if you want to know what happened next, well, you'll have to read the next chapter." And if you want to know the story that inspired [book: Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book], [book: The Laughing Sutra], Saiyuki, One Piece, Dragonball, and innumerable other adaptations both Eastern and Western, well, you'll have to read this book. ( )
  akaGingerK | Sep 30, 2018 |
journey of a monkey that is steeped in metaphor; so damn readable ( )
  margaretfield | May 30, 2018 |
Monkey is the ultimate trickster character; he is hilarious and always finding or creating trouble. Challenging read, but worth it. Very interesting story for upper level high school students. Great for students to see different myths from other countries and make comparisons to some other myths that they have read. ( )
  VClarke | Jul 9, 2017 |
The story of how Monkey became a king, learned great power, earned the title of Great Sage - Equal of Heaven, caused such mischief and mayhem that he was entombed beneath a mountain for 500 years before being released to accompany and protect Tripitaka on a pilgrimage to India to bring back scriptures to lead the Chinese people on the path to true enlightenment. Can Monkey, with the help of another two rascals that are recruited along the way and a dragon who is turned into a horse, shield the young priest from the many dangers and trials that he will face on their journey to the west?

The original tale is a sprawling epic of immense length and the translator's, Arthur Waley, introduction tells how this abridged version "omits many episodes, but translating those that are retained almost in full, leaving out, however, most of the incidental passages in verse, which go very badly into English" and it works very well. The inclusion of more of these incidents probably would have made the tale too repetitive as many of them are quite formulaic and follow the same pattern. It is also quite episodic in nature and so could be read in small doses quite easily though some chapters end with a cliffhanger which will be resolved in the next. This is an amusing, somewhat satirical adventure story that pokes fun at the bureaucratic establishment. While some understanding of Chinese culture and allegory would add to the understanding of what is contained in this book it's not at all requisite to enjoying what is on offer. ( )
  AHS-Wolfy | Apr 22, 2015 |
Required reading for all Asians. ( )
  kchung_kaching | Sep 1, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ch'eng-en, Wuprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Waley, ArthurTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grant, DuncanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hu, ShihIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Motti, AdrianaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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There was a rock that since the creation of the world had been worked upon by the pure essences of Heaven and the fine savours of Earth, the vigour of sunshine and the grace of moonlight, till at last it became magically pregnant and one day split open, giving birth to a stone egg, about as big as a playing ball.
To be virtuous without instruction is superhuman. To be virtuous after instruction is reasonable. To be instructed and remain incorrigible is to be a fool.
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This is the Arthur Waley translation/abridgement of Journey to the West. Please do not combine with other verisons of the parent work. (Includes Chapters 1-15, 18-19, 22, 37-39, 44-46, 47-49, 98-100)
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Probably the most popular book in the history of the Far East, this classic sixteenth century novel is a combination of picaresque novel and folk epic that mixes satire, allegory, and history into a rollicking adventure. It is the story of the roguish Monkey and his encounters with major and minor spirits, gods, demigods, demons, ogres, monsters, and fairies. This translation, by the distinguished scholar Arthur Waley, is the first accurate English version; it makes available to the Western reader a faithful reproduction of the spirit and meaning of the original.

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'Monkey' depicts the adventures of Prince Tripitaka, a young Buddhist priest on a dangerous pilgrimage to India to retrieve sacred scriptures accompanied by his three unruly disciples: the greedy pig creature Pipsy, the river monster Sandy - and Monkey.… (more)

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