Contact Author Source The tale of Monkey and his journey deep into the Buddhist heartland of India is an elaborate tale filled with adventure, allegory, and spiritual insight. Monkey tricks his way in and out of many stressful situations.
Jul 26, Laszlo Hopp rated it really liked it I read the four-volume revised Kindle edition of this book, translated by Anthony C. The story is the fictive rendition of a journey made by a 7th century Buddhist monk, Xuanzang, during the Tang Dynasty. He undertook his famous, nearly two decade-long pilgrimage in order to study Buddhism and acquire original Sanskrit texts of the religion from India.
When he returned to China, he translated many of the original texts to Chinese, thus leaving a decisive legacy on Chinese Buddhism. Some of t I read the four-volume revised Kindle edition of this book, translated by Anthony C.
The story starts with the mystical events of a creature becoming the Handsome Monkey King. Through various twists and turns, he acquires great skills and a variety of supernatural power which he will continue to use throughout the book.
In the first phase of the long journey Tripitaka is granted two additional converted vicious monsters as his disciples: Eight Rules who has the appearance of a pig and Sha Monk who has the look of a water buffalo.
They encounter countless demons, spirits, monsters, dragons, and fiends who invariably want to devour the guiltless Tripitaka. This enhanced interest in the Tang Monk as a culinary delight roots from his purity that is thought to guarantee extremely long life to the cannibalistic food connoisseurs.
With his boundless ingenuity and smarts the Monkey King leads the three disciples to defend the Monk. For the contemporary reader, the story has a few stumbling blocks, not the least of which is the length of almost pages. In the book one will find numerous repetitions where the four main heroes tend to recite some of their earlier adventures in various situations when they meet new characters.
The reader is already fully aware of these events and they tend to slow down the flow of the story. One can skip these paragraphs however, without losing much from the narration.
For some readers another obstacle could be the numerous poems and songs throughout the book. The poems are enjoyable and usually provide finer details of, or clarifications to, the main story.
As such, they are more functionally part of the book then in another classic pillar of ancient Chinese literature, the poetry in the Dreams of the Red Mansion. I skimmed through many, but not all poems. Others may decide to skip the poems altogether but those who decide to read them in even greater details, will experience an enhanced overall literary beauty of the book.
Of the four characters, the Monkey King is by far the best portrayed one and the main reason I gave not 3 but 4 stars to this book.
He is an absolute riot; a perfect timeless embodiment of a bad guy turned good who has a curiously complex psyche with a mixture of self-adoration, self-assuredness, mischief, steadfast loyalty, courage, wisdom, practicality, and, on the top of everything, a great sense of humor.
Typical of him is the name he has chosen to himself early in the story: The Great Sage Equal to Heaven. Among all the fictive characters I have encountered in my readings, the Monkey King has become one of my all time favorites for his colorful and likeable temperament and for the exquisite perfection with which he has been portrayed.
Although the Tang Monk is formally the lead-hero of the story, he really pales in comparision to the Monkey King. He is the most benevolent, spiritually pure individual imaginable who is singularly driven by his unshakable convictions and principled Buddhist mind.
Unfortunately, he is also gullible to the point of annoyance and this brings a copious amount of trouble to the poor Monkey King. Eight Rules is a secondary character whose personality is also drawn with an expert pen. He is stupid, yet quite capable in many ways.
His loyalty to the Monk never feels solidified, however he seems to function perfectly well under the critical tutelage of the Monkey King and the exculpation of the high-minded Tripitaka. Overall, the book in its full length is not an easy read.
I recommend it mostly to those tickled by a potential glimpse into the spirituality of an ancient world, namely the Tang Dynasty, from the perspective of a much later, but still very old, time, namely the late Ming Dynasty.
What a rare privilege to enjoy such a treasure! An abridged English translation is also available for those curious readers with a more tepid interest. The book has served as inspiration for multiple movies, TV shows, stage plays, and comics. I saw one of these adaptations, Alakazam the Great.
This Japanese cartoon film, although adorable in its own right, in no way should be considered a faithful presentation of the original story. The book adds a unique, modern-time perspective to this ancient story.Read Difficulties Resolved on the Journey to the West.
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Apr 22, · Buddhism originated in India; Taoism and Confucianism in China. However, the lines that define these three religions become increasingly blurred as Monkey’s journey progresses.
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Introduction TheJourney to the West, by Wu Cheng-en, was first published in This novel was among the four monumental novels belonging to the Ming Dynasty ().
The others are; the Golden Lotus, The Water Margin and the Romance of the Three Kingdoms. The Journey to the West is about a journey undertaken by a fictional character monk .