Mar 6, IN Arthur Waley, the foremost British translator of Chinese and Japanese literature, published in England a book called ”Monkey,” an. Monkey: A Folk Novel of China study guide contains a biography of Wu Ch. by Arthur Waley, and may be stylized differently in other versions. It is the story of the roguish Monkey and his encounters with major and minor . ” Monkey” is Arthur Waley’s delightful rendition of Wu Cheng-en’s “Journey to the.

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He was also funnier, cleverer, and more entertaining when he wasn’t reformed. The central irony of the Looking for a riveting piece of 16th century Chinese folk fiction? Because I was going to live and teach in China for a year, I wanted to be informed on classic Chinese literature. Dragon Ball is based on Journey to the West.

It is a very important book throughout Asia, and considered one waely the four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature.

At the outset of the novel, Buddha seeks a pilgrim who will travel to India. There have been multiple versions of this, because authorship in the old China is not what you assume. Forget the TV series this is far better 0 of 1 nonkey found this review helpful.

Bodhisattvas are huge jerks, apparently, that see nothing wrong with converting people to Buddhism by beating the everliving shit out of them. It’s a fun book with plenty of humor, adventure, and fantasy. When Tiro, the confidential secretary of a Roman senator, opens the door monkfy a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events which will eventually propel his master into one of the most famous courtroom dramas in history.

Qaley 02, Van rated it liked it.

But the story is essentially a tale of how China adopted Buddhism in during the Tang dynasty, including its antecedent belief systems of Taoism and Confucianism. July 12th, Review: While it could get tedious sometimes, a book does not stay this popular for this long by being boring. It makes me long for the time when I can return home. This review might make you think I did not like this book. Monkey is only about three wley pages, and style wise is a much easier read as monley.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Monkey? Originally published init remains one of the most-read English-language versions of the novel.

The Waley version of the story keeps this story to a well paced read and includes a couple of the adventures of Tripitaka, Monkey, Pigsy, Sandy walet horse that clearly define the characters, their relationships and the spirit of adventure that has made this one of the most read and adapted stories in and out of Asia.

I actually read the version based on the WJF Jenner translation available for walye on silkpagoda. Artbur Cheng’en ‘s Journey to the West. It’s probably a good book for other people too, but like I said above, what you’re supposed to like about those other parts is beyond me, so I can’t advise you.

Monkey: The Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en

There was action and fights galore on land, sea, and air. Sep 27, Steve rated it really liked it. But until now I had not read the book itself. I did find some for several other classes, and Only downfall is that it is actually abridged.

That’s alllll from Wendy. Wu layers this earnest, grueling undertaking, with legend, gossip, superstition, religion, and concocts a rollicking bit of satire. Although he has magic powers, he keeps his simian characteristics: Retrieved from ” https: Waley chose to translate the entirety of the introductory and ending chapters, as well as three episodes, each several chapters long, of the journey to the west.

Apr 14, Missy J rated it really liked it Shelves: The hope is to retrieve sacred scriptures by which the Chinese people may be enlightened so that their behaviour seen as greed, hedonism, promiscuity, and sins may accord with the mlnkey of Buddhism.


I thought it looked like a fun little read when I saw it in the mythology section, so I picked it up several years ago. In any case, the “monkey” of the title is Sun Wukong. At around pages, this translation is actually a short version of the 2,some-page Journey to the West, which was written in the 16th century.

A lot of the scenes ended almost as abruptly as they began and left me with questions hangin Readable introduction to one of the four Chinese literary epics.

This was an interesting read but man, the Master is kind of an idiot who keeps getting himself in unnecessary trouble just so the Monkey King could save him.

Apart from a few lewd references the story would be great for kids too. Complete Series 4 Round the Horne: These novels and stories were read by everybody who could read, although nobody probably would admit having read them.

Jun 28, DavidO rated it it was amazing Shelves: For Gabriel and his beautiful wife, Chiara, it was supposed to be the start of a pleasant weekend in London – a visit to an art gallery in St. Monkey – Great Sage and Equal of Heaven. So if you liked this book, I would recommend that one if you wanted something similar. Introduction by Hu Shih i. It helped me be able to put this book down and study. I’m not well versed in that, but even I can recognize similarities in some things I’ve seen.

Monkey: The Journey to the West

Dracula [Audible Edition] By: Part adventure journey, part human comedy disguised as fantasy. Robert Harris Narrated by: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. Monkey never changes, but the reader gets to know and like him instead.