Journey to the West by Wu Cheng'en

Journey to the West is a Chinese novel published in the 16th century during the Ming Dynasty and attributed to Wu Cheng'en. It is one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. In English-speaking countries, the work is widely known as Monkey, the title of Arthur Waley's popular abridged translation. The novel is an extended account of the legendary pilgrimage of the Tang dynasty Buddhist monk Xuanzang who traveled to the "Western Regions", that is, India, to obtain sacred texts (sūtras) and returned after many trials and much suffering. It retains the broad outline of Xuanzang's own account, Great Tang Records on the Western Regions, but the Ming dynasty novel adds elements from folk tales and the author's invention, that is, that the Buddha gave this task to the monk and provided him with three protectors who agree to help him as an atonement for their sins. These disciples are Sun Wukong, Zhu Bajie, and Sha Wujing, together with a dragon prince who acts as Xuanzang's steed, a white horse. Journey to the West has strong roots in Chinese folk religion, Chinese mythology, Taoist and Buddhist philosophy, and the pantheon of Taoist immortals and Buddhist bodhisattvas are still reflective of some Chinese religious attitudes today. Enduringly popular, the tale is at once a comic adventure story, a spring of spiritual insight, and an extended allegory in which the group of pilgrims journeys towards enlightenment which each of them can achieve only with the help of all of the others.

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Journey to the West -Chinese Classical Novels Youth Edition (Chinese Edition) Paperback 1201733 $6.99 $29.24 2011
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Journey to the West Audible Audio Edition 26610 $5.76 2015
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Viaggio in Occidente: quarta parte: [Journey to the West: Part 4] Audible Audio Edition 42008 $3.06 2014
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Journey to the West (Library of Chinese Classics: Chinese-English: 6 Volumes) Hardcover 2357231 $95.26 $118.11 2000
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Journey to the West: Volume 2 Hardcover 2883030 $16.99 1984
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Journey to the West (Unabridged Collector's Edition with Illustrations And Annotations) /Four classics of Chinese classical literature (Chinese Edition) Hardcover 3727124 $10.99 2015
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Journey to the West -Four Books- Fully Annotated Edition (Chinese Edition) Paperback 1136074 $38.99 $89.40 2012
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