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by David Kherdian

Free eBook Monkey, A Journey to the West download ISBN: 1570625816
Author: David Kherdian
Publisher: Shambhala; Abridged edition edition (May 9, 2000)
Language: English
Pages: 224
Category: Imaginative Literature
Subcategory: History and Criticism
Size MP3: 1406 mb
Size FLAC: 1164 mb
Rating: 4.5
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David Kherdian retells the ancient Chinese allegory poetically and precisely

David Kherdian retells the ancient Chinese allegory poetically and precisely. A great read!"-Janwillem van de Wetering, author of A Glimpse of Nothingness. David Kherdian is the author of over thirty books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. The tone is lighthearted; even the constant threats to the Tang priest's life, as monsters try to capture and eat him (thereby obtaining eternal life by consuming a piece of his pure flesh) have a funny side.

David Kherdian is the author of over thirty books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. I have read the printed version of the "Journey to the West" before and thought it would be nice to have the eBook version for my Android. His biography of his mother, The Road from Home: The Story of an Armenian Girl, was nominated for the National Book Award, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, the Jane Addams Peace Award, and the Friends of American Writers Award. He currently lives in Blue Hill (Bangor), Maine. It's like visiting old friends when I read about the Monkey King, Pigsy and the rest.

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The book interweaved three stories: an adaptation of a Chinese classic, Wu Cheng’en’s 16th-century novel Journey to the West which featured the famous Monkey King; an ’80s sitcom parody featuring a horrendous Asian-American stereotype named Chin-Kee; and a more.

The book interweaved three stories: an adaptation of a Chinese classic, Wu Cheng’en’s 16th-century novel Journey to the West which featured the famous Monkey King; an ’80s sitcom parody featuring a horrendous Asian-American stereotype named Chin-Kee; and a more straightforward tale of a Chinese-American adolescent who balances a friendship with a recent Chinese immigrant and. his infatuation with a white girl at his school. Yang’s work has become a little more funny and a little more sad. This year he has come out with two books.

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Part spiritual pilgrimage, part historical epic, the folk novel Journey to the West, which came to be known as Monkey, is the most popular classic of Asian literature.

Ultimately Monkey is a cartoon opera in the same way that Gorillaz is a cartoon band, which makes it difficult to. .And despite the rattling journey through Confucianism, comic books and circus, the realisation of emptiness is where Monkey ultimately arrives.

Ultimately Monkey is a cartoon opera in the same way that Gorillaz is a cartoon band, which makes it difficult to empathise with the characters on an emotional level. Chen Shi-Zheng has a lavish command of technical resources.

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     Part historical epic, part social satire, and part spiritual allegory, the folk novel Journey to the West, which came to be known as Monkey, is probably the most popular book in all of East Asia. David Kherdian's retelling brings this classic of Chinese literature to life for the first time in a way that is true to the scope and depth of the original.
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Ariseym
The Tang priest, Monkey, Pig and Friar Sand, along with their horse - a transformed river dragon - have to travel from the Tang court in China to the Western Heaven. Their mission: to retrieve the Scriptures from Buddha and deliver them to the Emperor. If they succeed, China will become a happy, prosperous place and the unjustly condemned souls will be rescued. But the journey is fraught with difficulties and deadly perils. In the end it takes 14 years; in the process the four pilgrims meld themselves into a potent, loyal team, win through dozens of unheard-of threats to life and limb, and achieve enlightenment.

This is another long classic in the spirit of "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" that goes on and on with twists and turns that take you by surprise, except for the fact - spoiler alert! - that you know that the four heroes must eventually win through, deliver the Scriptures, and achieve enlightenment. A lot of the Buddhist hierarchy shows up unbidden, or is called upon for help by Monkey as he solves problem after problem on the journey West, so it's an entertaining introduction to those folks. The tone is lighthearted; even the constant threats to the Tang priest's life, as monsters try to capture and eat him (thereby obtaining eternal life by consuming a piece of his pure flesh) have a funny side.

A lot of humor is provided by the irreverent Monkey; he's incapable of very much humility and constantly violates social conventions, even in Heaven; but his heart is usually in the right place. His capabilities are vast, including being immortal and having the power to work all sorts of magic, but his hubris often leads him astray. This is pitched as a children's tale - although the occasional sex and almost constant fairy-tale violence might make it an older children's tale - and the characters reflect childish impulsiveness and disregard for ceremony. It's a fun read, and I was disappointed when it was over.

I'd recommend it!
Cordann
I currently own 3 different versions of "Journey to the West", and of the three, this one is probably the best compromise between detail and brevity. I am currently reading it to my 7-year-old (I read it by myself a while ago), and while the vocabulary is definitely a stretch (I have to explain 4 or 5 words on most pages), he's really loving it. The story has all the appeal of a Martial Arts novel, The Wizard of Oz, and a Buddhist philosophical treatise blended into a thoroughly entertaining tale for all ages.
I previously read "Adventures of Monkey King" (ISBN 0962076511) to my son, and while the language was much more appropriate for a young child, the story was overly abridged, and a lot of the detail that makes the story fun and interesting was lost.
This edition tells the beginning and the end of the story very well, but leaves out all of the middle episodes between finding the dragon horse, Pigsy, and Sandy and getting to the mountain of fire. As a result, Pigsy and Sandy are a bit under-developed, but the Monkey King definitely gets a real chance to shine, and you do get a decent feel for Pigsy and Tripitaka, at least. I kind of appreciate that they left the whole middle section out instead of picking random stories, because that makes it easier to go back to the full version of the story ("Journey to the West (4-Volume Boxed Set)", ISBN 7119016636), and fill in the missing stories if you want to.
The way it's told here, the actual journey itself is the smallest part of the story. It's all about setting up the characters and reaching Inda. In the full-length version, the story is mostly about the journey, and how it changes the characters.
This version is very good for those who want to get the flavor of the characters and "find out what happens", but the full version is best for those who really just want to enjoy reading about the Monkey King doing what he does best, and aren't anxious for it to end. Be warned, though, the full version can drag a bit if you're hoping to actually see the plot move along.
I have heard that the book "Monkey/Folk Novel of China" (ISBN 0802130860) best captures the comedic aspects of the story, so that will be my next purchase.
The British (well, really, Chinese via Japan) TV series "Monkey" is also based on this story. I discovered that it has recently been released on DVD in Australia, and that a British release is coming that will include the 13 previously unaired Japanese episodes (with subtitles). As the series was never aired in America, I may need to buy a PAL DVD player to watch it, so that's what I plan to do. The story is that good.
Kinashand
Heavily shortened, it's alright overall but leaves a lot out. Consider it a good primer for readers interested in the whole folklore of this legend, but there are better options out there.
Iaiastta
This translation skipped most of the adventures along the journey, which were the best part of this classic.
Arashigore
I have read the printed version of the "Journey to the West" before and thought it would be nice to have the eBook version for my Android. It's like visiting old friends when I read about the Monkey King, Pigsy and the rest. Plus, it's nice to be able to bring the book with me so I can read it when traveling or I have a few spare minutes.

I believe eBooks are definitely the wave of the future and this one makes a nice addition to my electronic library.

Thanks for reading.

Brad
Mr.Death
The book is difficult for most Western readers, because some of the language is so fantastic in its description of all the different spirits, monsters, immortals, etc. But just stick with it and by the end of the book you will have an increased understanding of the mythology that works its way into a lot of Chinese Cultural opionions.

I initially started reading this, because it is one of what is touted as one of the essential Chinese classics, and also because my wife, who is Chinese, was born in the Monkey Year, and I was born in the Boar Year. The 4 main characters of the novel are Monkey, Pig, Friar Sand and the brother of the Tang Emporer. My former business partner is named Tang, so, for me the book was irresistable.

But, as I said, the book is very long, and the variety of monsters, spirits, immortals, etc. is mind boggling, but somehow, at the end it makes a unified impression, and from reading all the different subplots, you gain an understanding of Chinese culture that simply cannot be gained without it.

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Aedem
tame the ego and magic appears, there are peaceful solutions to anything. A delightful read of wisdom.
a wonderfully written book and full of life lessons.