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    Monkey king: journey to the West

    Ch'eng-en, W. and Lovell, Julia (2022) Monkey king: journey to the West. Penguin Classics. London, UK: Penguin. ISBN 9780241457399.

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    Book synopsis: 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 in the 7th century AD, accompanied by an omni-talented kung-fu Monkey King called Sun Wukong, one of the most memorable characters in all of literature. 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.


    Item Type: Book
    Additional Information: Julia Lovell is the translator of this book.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Julia Lovell
    Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2022 19:34
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:15


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