Monkey by Wu Ch'eng-en
Folk Novel of China

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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.

About Wu Ch'eng-en

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Timothy Richard traveled to China in 1868 as a Baptist missionary. When other missionaries were attempting to stamp out the popular local tales of gods and heroes such as "Journey to the West," Richard championed them for the universal messages of spiritual challenge and growth they contain.
Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press. 324 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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A premise that splits the book's focus and a piece of artistic license that howls for revocation: The story of daredevil journalist and circumnavigator Nellie Bly is told by the monkey she bought en route to Singapore.

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The ape is given the new spiritual name of Sun Wu Kong and learns great powers at the knee of his master before being sent back to his kingdom.

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THE JOURNEY TO THE WEST Translated and Edited by Anthony C. Yu. Volume One. 530 pp. Cloth, $35. Paper, $8.95. Volume Two. 438 pp. Cloth, $35. Paper, $12.50. Volume Three. 454 pp. Cloth, $35. Volume Four. 45l pp. Cloth, $35. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

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Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that once they open this book they will find themselves playing along with their kids, and the little girl and her monkey, as they jump, cavort, and imitate different animals.

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