Monkey book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Probably the most popular book in the history of the Far East, this classic. Page 1. Journey to the West. Wu Cheng−en. Page 2. Table of Contents. Journey to the. One of the four classics of Chinese literature, Journey to the West was written in the sixteenth The novel takes place in the seventh century. The Monkey King was born out of a rock, and learned supernormal powers from a Taoist master.
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Journey to the West or Xiyou Ji is a Chinese novel published in the 16th century during the Ming dynasty and attributed to Wu Cheng'en. It is one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. Arthur Waley's popular abridged translation, Monkey, is well known in. Monkey: A Journey to the West and millions of other books are available for .. David Kherdian is the author of over thirty books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Part spiritual pilgrimage, part historical epic, the folk novel Journey to the West, which came to be known as Monkey, is the most popular classic of Asian.
A A Journey to the West is one of the four classics of Chinese literature. The novel takes place in the seventh century. He was sent to the human world and forced to spend ten lifetimes practicing religious self-cultivation in order to atone for his sins. The emperor wishes this monk can travel west and bring holy Mahayana Buddhist scriptures back to China. After being inspired by a vision from the Bodhisattva Guanyin, the monk accepts the mission and sets off on the sacred quest. Weak and timid, he is no match for the evil creatures seeking to kill and eat him his flesh, after all, is said to impart immortality. And so the goddess Guanyin arranges for an eclectic group to become his disciples and protect him: the valiant but impetuous Monkey King also known as Sun Wukong , the lustful Pigsy, the taciturn Sand Monk, and the White Dragon Horse.
I read this story in isolation, rather than understanding the nuances of each character, event, accomplishment, and challenge. I'm sure that's why I rated this low, but this is also my first foray into serialized graphic novels.
If this fits into a bigger picture in a better way, I'm always open to rating revision. I'm also not familiar with the legend of the Monkey King.
To me, the character seems like a real jerk. I'm sure I'd have a better critique or criticism if I read the full volume series can you tell I'm Wikipedia-ing some things here?!
For those who need a short play-by-play: A monk on a mission swings by to free him after years, and the Monkey King agrees to tag along on his quest as a servant. Along the way, Monkey King has encounters with beings, people, and god desse s, some with not-so-happy endings. Throughout each encounter, he acted like a total jerk though, and I find that hard to keep reading about.
In this volume, there seemed to be no redeeming qualities in this character, and I just felt bad for everyone around him.
Overall though? I'm so glad my students are forcing their books into my hands. I'm grateful for the time during the school day to get to sit and model reading for my students.
I'm happy to share in what my students find intriguing. I'm open to new reading experiences and am glad to have tried something out of my comfort zone.
Should I be more familiar with the original, historic legend? Am I totally off-base?
Sound off in the comments! The Monkey King is finally freed from underneath the mountain and is tasked with helping a monk reach India. The story continues it's great pace, rarely slowing down and the art works well telling the story.
I grew up in Hong Kong with Monkey's story and Journey to the West - and I'm a monkey in the Chinese zodiac - and I'm loving this graphic novel interpretation. I need to order volume 4 tomorrow.
Great stuff! Dec 06, Jj marked it as to-read.
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Erza Spates rated it really liked it May 25, Yaali rated it it was amazing Dec 10, Chennifier rated it it was amazing Mar 20, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. About Wei Dong Chen. It's both an over-the-top adventure story and a spiritual allegory, with Mo This classic Chinese story, like its main character, is not lacking in verve and bombast.
It's both an over-the-top adventure story and a spiritual allegory, with Monkey as the representative of the Monkey Mind, as well as a classic trickster and a magician. I was surprised how much Taoism there was in a story about fetching Buddhist scriptures, but I understand that in China the two lived side by side and blended at the edges. Naturally, the heavenly hierarchy reflects the elaborate and extensive imperial Chinese bureaucracy, full of officials with grandiose titles.
Monkey himself insists on the title of the Great Sage, Equal of Heaven. Given that it's an old story from a culture I'm not well acquainted with, I found it remarkably entertaining, which may be in part down to the translator's selection of incidents to include; the introduction speaks of a tradition of selecting material from the original to create versions adapted to particular audiences. It keeps up a good pace unlike many older European works , and even has some try-fail cycles as the travelers attempt to reach India.
A lot of the cultural references went right past me, and I could have done with a gloss, though it would also have been distracting.
The ebook appears to have been generated using optical character recognition from a print version, judging by the occasional odd typo, but it's not bad as such things go. There are one or two homonym errors and spelling mistakes, which I assume are in the print version, but it's generally clean.
Glad I read it. Shoutouts to Laozi. Apr 17, Xinxin rated it really liked it Fantasy is overwhelmingly popular on big screen in this century, but it is not a new genre of literature.