Journey to the West

Journey to the West

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by Anthony C. Yu
     
 

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First published in 1952, The Journey to the West, volume I, comprises the first twenty-five chapters of Anthony C. Yu's four-volume translation of Hsi-yu Chi, one of the most beloved classics of Chinese literature. The fantastic tale recounts the sixteen-year pilgrimage of the monk Hsüan-tsang (596-664), one of China's most illustrious religious…  See more details below

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First published in 1952, The Journey to the West, volume I, comprises the first twenty-five chapters of Anthony C. Yu's four-volume translation of Hsi-yu Chi, one of the most beloved classics of Chinese literature. The fantastic tale recounts the sixteen-year pilgrimage of the monk Hsüan-tsang (596-664), one of China's most illustrious religious heroes, who journeyed to India with four animal disciples in quest of Buddhist scriptures. For nearly a thousand years, his exploits were celebrated and embellished in various accounts, culminating in the hundred-chapter Journey to the West, which combines religious allegory with romance, fantasy, humor, and satire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226971506
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
02/28/1980
Series:
Journey to the West Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

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Anthony C. Yu is Carl Darling Buck Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities; chairman and professor in the department of East Asian languages and civilizations; professor in the Committee on Social Thought; and professor of English language and literature, and comparative literature in the Divinty School at the University of Chicago.

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I picked up this book out of curiosity, got hooked, and then read all four books by this author! An easy read, I laughed all the way through it and admired the amazing and artistic story. I enjoyed this book for many reasons: the wonderful characters, the rich poetry, the realistic emotions, and the humor that made you smile and laugh throughout the book. It is one of the most famous Chinese folk tales. You can learn so much about a culture through its stories and folk tales! It is somewhat like reading about King Arthur, Shakespeare or any other wide spread and well known European legends/stories that most western countries know. I would recomend from jr. high and up, and don't be intimidated because it is a thick book. Like I said, it's a quick read, and there are notes in the back for the unfamiliar mythological characters, monsters, iconography, etc. that makes the poems and story clear. So go ahead and read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. I cant wait to read the others. I thought it was really cool how it used Chinese poetry to describe a person or a panorama of a scene.