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Journey to the West (4 volumns) (edition 2003)

by W.J.F. Jenner

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China's most popular traditional novel, Journey to the West is the thrilling story of the Monkey King and his epic quest, with his trusted companions, to redeem himself. No matter what obstacle was put before him, the clever, wily Monkey King always got what he wanted--unimaginable strength, eternal life, even his own position in the Celestial Realm with the gods. They face fantastic foes, demons and monsters during their amazing adventures traveling to the Western paradise. More than anything else, though, the Monkey King loved mischief and rule-breaking, and was sure he was the most powerful creature in the world. But after defeat and punishment for his tricks, the Monkey King found himself wanting some things he never expected: to be disciplined and good enough to help the monk Hsuan Zhang on his mission to bring Buddhist Scriptures—and enlightenment--to China. Readers of all ages will thrill to Timothy Richard's retelling of the Monkey King's exploits--whether in the Dragon King's underwater castle, the Halls of the Dead or the palace of Buddha himself—and find themselves captivated as the Monkey King joins Hsuan Zhang and their companions the Dragon Horse, the Monk Sand and the equally mischievous Pig on the dangerous trek West. Despite the tale's ancient origins, Journey to the West proves as fresh and engaging an adventure as anything written today.… (more)
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Journey to the West {complete} by Wu Ch'eng-en (Author)

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Wu Cheng’en’s sixteenth-century novel Journey to the West tells the story of the pilgrimage of Buddhist monk Xuanzang to the “Western Regions” of Central Asia and India in order to obtain Buddhist sūtras and return them to China between 626 and 645 CE. Xuanzang wrote his own account in 646, Great Tang Records on the Western Regions, which formed the outline of Wu’s novel. The novel is a humorous adventure that satires Chinese bureaucracy while also telling an allegory of enlightenment. Many in the Euro-American world know elements of the story from Arthur Waley’s 1942 abridged translation, Monkey: A Folk-Tale of China, while some elements of the story inspired Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball. Along with Luo Guanzhong’s fourteenth-century novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Shi Nai’an’s fourteenth-century novel Water Margin, and Cao Xueqin’s eighteenth-century novel Dream of the Red Chamber, this novel is one of the Four Classic Novels of Chinese literature. This edition presents the complete novel in four volumes, translated by William John Francis Jenner, a noted sinologist who completed this translation while working for Foreign Languages Press between 1963-1965. It features Qing Dynasty illustrations to supplement the text. ( )
  DarthDeverell | Mar 17, 2021 |
Completed Volume I and II, if you don't know what happened, read the next installment.
  Kristelh | Dec 29, 2020 |
Warning: Do not read on an empty stomach or with an empty refrigerator. ( )
  VikkiLaw | Apr 4, 2013 |
I have read Journey to the West by Wu Ch'eng-en. This is one of Chinese Four Great Classical Novels. Every Chinese child knows about this book. Even some kids are too young to read this book, but they love to watch the TV play of Journey to the West. It educated children about bravery, exploration, friendship and whatever they did or met any difficulties; they would face them and solve them. They will be constantly enterprising when they grow up. Also, they can know what’s right or wrong via analysis by themselves. They cannot be like the monkey king has magic to deal with everything, but they will learn that how to pull through by their effort.
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Wu Ch'eng-enAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Balduzzi, SerafinoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jenner, W.J.F.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lüdi Kong, EvaEditor & Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Yu, Anthony C.Editor & Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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China's most popular traditional novel, Journey to the West is the thrilling story of the Monkey King and his epic quest, with his trusted companions, to redeem himself. No matter what obstacle was put before him, the clever, wily Monkey King always got what he wanted--unimaginable strength, eternal life, even his own position in the Celestial Realm with the gods. They face fantastic foes, demons and monsters during their amazing adventures traveling to the Western paradise. More than anything else, though, the Monkey King loved mischief and rule-breaking, and was sure he was the most powerful creature in the world. But after defeat and punishment for his tricks, the Monkey King found himself wanting some things he never expected: to be disciplined and good enough to help the monk Hsuan Zhang on his mission to bring Buddhist Scriptures—and enlightenment--to China. Readers of all ages will thrill to Timothy Richard's retelling of the Monkey King's exploits--whether in the Dragon King's underwater castle, the Halls of the Dead or the palace of Buddha himself—and find themselves captivated as the Monkey King joins Hsuan Zhang and their companions the Dragon Horse, the Monk Sand and the equally mischievous Pig on the dangerous trek West. Despite the tale's ancient origins, Journey to the West proves as fresh and engaging an adventure as anything written today.

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