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Journey to the West - 4 volumes

Journey to the West
4 volumes (4 volumes)


WU Cheng'en (Author)

Foreign Languages Press, 1997
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Journey to the West is a mythological novel based on many centuries of popular tradition. It was probably shaped into its present form in the 1570s by Wu Cheng'en (1500-1582). This lively fantasy relates the amazing adventures of the priest Xuanzang as he travels west in search of the Buddhist sutras with his three disciples: the irreverent and capable Monkey, the greedy Pig, and the Friar Sand. The main story, the journey, takes the priest through all kinds of entertaining trials and tribulations, mainly at the hands of monsters and spirits who want to eat him. Only the courage and powers of his disciples, especially Monkey, save him from death. Monkey is the hero of this fantasy, and the reader will soon learn why he has been so loved in China. Will the pilgrims reach the Vulture Peak and obtain the scriptures? The answer will only be found at the end of the 100-chapter novel. The 36 pages of illustrations are from a 19th century Chinese edition.
'Journey to the West' is one of the five masterpieces of Chinese classical literature. This historical fiction might have been inspired by the real story of the priest Sanzang, it has definitely become popular thanks to the less real Monkey King and its incredible adventures. This book is not only a wonderful text but also an entertaining way to learn about Chinese traditional culture and about the way of living of people in imperial China.
ISBN: 9787119016634
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1851
Sizes: 113x188mm
Publication: 1/1997
Weight: 1265g

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