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Monkey: A Journey to the West

Authors: Kherdian, David
Publisher: Shambhala
BISAC/Subject: FIC014000, FIC004000, FIC008000, FIC039000, FIC010000
ISBN: 9780834824904, Related ISBNs: 0834824906, 1570625816, 1590302583, 9780834824904, 9781570625817
Classification: Fiction
Number of pages: 224,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: A classic of Chinese literature, this beloved folktale is part adventure story, part spiritual allegory—now reimagined by a National Book Award nominee

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. Originally written in the sixteenth century, it is the story of the adventures of the rogue-trickster Monkey and his encounters with a bizarre cast of characters as he travels to India with the Buddhist pilgrim Tripitaka in search of sacred scriptures.

Much more than a picaresque adventure novel, Monkey is a profound allegory of the struggle that must occur before spiritual transformation is possible. David Kherdian's masterful telling brings this classic of Chinese literature to life in a way that is true to the scope and depth of the original.

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