Monkey: A Journey to the West by David Kherdian

Monkey: A Journey to the West

byDavid Kherdian

Kobo ebook | April 12, 2005

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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 literature. Originally written in the sixteenth century, it is the story of the adventures of the rogue-trickster Monkey and his encounters with a bizarre cast of characters as he travels to India with the Buddhist pilgrim Tripitaka in search of sacred scriptures. Much more than a picaresque adventure novel, Monkey is a profound allegory of the struggle that must occur before spiritual transformation is possible. David Kherdian's masterful telling brings this classic of Chinese literature to life in a way that is true to the scope and depth of the original.

Title:Monkey: A Journey to the WestFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 12, 2005Publisher:ShambhalaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0834824906

ISBN - 13:9780834824904

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Both a spiritual classic and a great adventure story Never has reading about Buddhist philosophy been so much fun! This is both an adventure story and a bildungsroman and about Monkey, a mischievous figure that is given godlike powers. There are no limits to the action here - Monkey's cudgel can grow to giant size, and characters can take leaps over oceans and continents. You might argue that this makes it a little silly - that there's nothing really at stake - but Monkey learns reverence and other virtues as he travels across the universe. If you want to see where a lot of the great anime and manga stories got their bizarre sensibility, look no further.
Date published: 2010-08-21