The Monkey King's Amazing Adventures: A Journey to the West in Search of Enlightenment

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This classic Chinese epic features a new introduction by Daniel Kane, Head of Chinese Studies at Macquarie University and Cultural Counselor at the Australian Embassy in Beijing in 1996.

China's most popular traditional novel, The Monkey King's Amazing Adventures is the story of the Monkey King, his incredible origin and downfall, and his epic quest to redeem himself with his trusted companions, as they face fantastic foes, demons, and monsters...

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Overview

This classic Chinese epic features a new introduction by Daniel Kane, Head of Chinese Studies at Macquarie University and Cultural Counselor at the Australian Embassy in Beijing in 1996.

China's most popular traditional novel, The Monkey King's Amazing Adventures is the story of the Monkey King, his incredible origin and downfall, and his epic quest to redeem himself with his trusted companions, as they face fantastic foes, demons, and monsters and have amazing adventures in their travels to the Western paradise.

No matter what obstacle was put before him, the clever, wily Monkey King always got what he wanted—unimaginable strength, eternal life, even his own position in the Celestial Realm with the gods. But more than anything else, the Monkey King loved mischief and rule-breaking, and he was sure that he was the most powerful creature in the world.

But after defeat and punishment, the Monkey King found himself wanting some things he never expected: to be good enough and have the discipline to help the monk Xuanzang on his mission to bring Buddhist Scriptures—and enlightenment—to China.

Readers will thrill to Timothy Richard's retelling of the Monkey King's exploits—he never disappoints, whether in the Dragon King's underwater castle, the Halls of the Dead, or the palace of Buddha himself—and find themselves captivated as he joins Xuanzang and his other trusted companions, the Dragon Horse, the Monk Sand, and the equally mischievous Pig on the dangerous trek West.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804842723
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/10/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 627,587
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Timothy Richard traveled to China in 1868 as a Baptist missionary. When other missionaries were attempting to stamp out the popular local tales of gods and heroes such as The Monkey King's Amazing Adventures, Thomas Richard championed them for the universal messages of spiritual challenge and growth they contain. he is alto the author of Forty-five Years in China.

Daniel Kane is the Head of Chinese from the University of Melbourne and a PhD from the Australian National University. He was visiting scholar at the Department of Chinese at Peking University in 1988 and 1993 and Cultural Counselor at the Australian Embassy in Beijing in 1996.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    This book may be repetitive but that's because the legend was co

    This book may be repetitive but that's because the legend was constantly being changed and added on to so it tell you every version of the story. I think that the Monkey king is the most dynamic and should be considered one of the best literary characters ever. the story should be taken as a whole and not from bits and pieces to fully appreciate the book and learn its metaphors and complex meanings. you ca learn a lot of the people's republic of china from the book. Once you get past the repetitive story telling you'll enjoy the book.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    Painful!

    I have come to hate the monkey king after reading this book. Do not waste your money. Its REALLY long and repetative less than a quarter of the way through I was hoping it would be like many other stores the Chinese love and one of the main characters would tragically die to save the others. They were all so annoying I didn't care if any of the survived. I won't say if any died or not but this book is a waste of your time to read. I know ita one of the 4 classic Chinese works but it is painful and annoying to read. I wouldn't waste my time or money on it. And would only recommend the book to someone if I wanted to be cruel to torture them knowing they always finish the books they start reading. If you want to know about the Monkey King to be able to talk to a Chinese friend about it, look it up on the internet to save your time, money, and sanity.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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