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  • Published: 11 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9780141993560
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

Monkey King: Journey to the West



One of the greatest classics of Chinese literature, in a new translation by the award-winning Julia Lovell

One of China's Four Great Classical Novels, Monkey King was written anonymously during the Ming dynasty and is most commonly attributed to Wu Cheng'en, the son of a silk-shop clerk from east China. It recounts a Tang-dynasty monk's quest for Buddhist scriptures, accompanied by an omni-talented kung-fu Monkey King called Sun Wukong; a rice-loving divine pig; and a depressive man-eating river-sand monster.

Comparable to The Canterbury Tales or Don Quixote, the tale is at once a comic adventure story, a humorous satire of Chinese bureaucracy, a spring of spiritual insight and an extended allegory in which the group of pilgrims journeys towards enlightenment.

  • Published: 11 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9780141993560
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

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