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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It is triumphant on so many different levels. I cambiamenti improvvisi, invece, m’innervosiscono e raramente mi lascio trascinare in cose fuori programma e non organizzate.

There is another member jonkey the group that is encountered and takes on the name and form of a Horse Formerly a Dragon that had been punished and cast out of his father’s palace. Apart from a few lewd references the story would be great for kids too.

Then he would perform some ridiculous magic, and everything would indeed be alright.

Mar 05, Kevin rated it really liked it Shelves: Waley’s “brilliant translation,” arthhr points out, not only shortened the work, but “through its selection of episodes gave rise to the misleading impression that this is essentially a compendium of popular materials marked by folk wit and humor. The book is like many books of the west, written a century or so later, a picaresque work, but so much more entertaining, the adventures speed by.


Ether Saga Odyssey Enslaved: I love this story about a stone egg that birthed a monkey who went basically caused so much trouble in heaven that he was banished for years under a mountain and was only freed to journey with Buddhist monk Xuanzang under the patronage of Bodhisattva Kuan-Yin Guanyin. Where there is true will, there is always a way. Preview — Monkey by Wu Cheng’en.

It Four whole stars. In my village-school days, I used to buy stealthily the popular novels and historical recitals.

Monkey is only about three hundred pages, and style wise is a much easier read as well. Plaks has voiced reservations. At least three times, Wukong would be like “don’t do this while I’m gone” and literally as soon as he was gone, the Master and company would do exactly what Wukong just said not to do. Kenneth Williams’ performance of the book adds to the pleasure. This translation, by the distinguished scholar Arthur Waley, is the first accurate English version; it makes available to the Western reader a faithful reproduction of the spirit and meaning of the original.

Monkey: The Journey to the West

The story was easy to follow and quite funny. Monkey never changes, but the reader gets to know and like him instead. Probably the most popular book in the history of the Far East, this classic sixteenth century novel is a combination of picaresque novel and folk epic that mixes satire, allegory, and history into a wale adventure.

As much as I like the story, if I’d ever read the full version it’d have to be a really good translation. Hu Shih’s interpretation reflected the popular reading of the novel, but does not account for the levels of meaning and the monkfy framework which waleu in China and the west have shown to be an important part of the late Ming text.


Friar Sand is mostly there to watch Sanzang zrthur Pig and Monkey flail around and move the plot forward. During the bombings his grandfather had distracted him with Journey to the West during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong. I never lost track of what was going on. And I should’ve known better. Would you listen to Monkey again? This abridged version provides English readers with an experience that would otherwise have been inaccessible to those of us unable to read the original Chinese.

Sanzang is super attractive.

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

And poor old Pigsy who hase always been tempered by his greed, is promoted to an altar cleanser i. A rare treat Kenneth puts his marvelous caricature acting to great effect his Pigsy is an absolute joy 3 of 4 people found this review helpful.

It’s hard to describe; my one sentence summary would be “The Ramayana meets Don Quixote”. But that’s just me