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Monkey by Arthur Waley
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Feb 03, 09

Recommended for: Everyone
Read in March, 2008, read count: 2

"Monkey" is Arthur Waley's delightful rendition of Wu Cheng-en's "Journey to the West", one of China's four great classical novels. This abridged version provides English readers with an experience that would otherwise have been inaccessible to those of us unable to read the original Chinese. The novel offers a pleasant mixture of action, adventure and comedy. It examines a number of meaningful themes, including three great Eastern philosophies (Buddhism, Tao and Confucianism) and satirical commentary on their failed practice by people in an overly bureaucratic society who miss the forest for the trees. A must read.
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Kit I'm looking forward to reading this--I was regaled by tales of Monkey by my father as a child.


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