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The Tower of Myriad Mirrors

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China's most outrageous character--the magical Monkey who battles a hundred monsters--returns to the fray in this seventeenth-century sequel to the Buddhist novel Journey to the West. In The Tower of Myriad Mirrors, he defends his claim to enlightenment against a villain who induces hallucinations that take Monkey into the past, to heaven and hell, and even through a sex c ...more
Paperback, 150 pages
Published October 4th 2000 by U OF M CENTER FOR CHINESE STUDIES (first published 1640)
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Helmut
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Nice addition to "Journey to the West"

This "supplement", written about 100 years after "Journey to the West", sneaks itself in between chapter 61 and 62 of that great Chinese classic. In 16 chapters, each of them shorter than a standard JttW chapter, the story about Sun Wukong's travel to a foreign world is described, and his attempts to escape from that strange world.

Some of the chapters present us all the things we love the Monkey King for, especially his multi-layered humor, other chapters de
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David
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
16th century fanfiction- I kid you not. This is a 'missing chapter' from "The Journey to the West" one of the great works of Chinese literature and one of the best fantasy novels of all time (to be adapted into a movie by Neil Gaiman and Guillermo Del Toro.) "Tower" is honestly pretty dry. It was written by a monk and was intended to be an exploration of Buddhist philosophy regarding the evils of desire, so it spends a lot of time doing that, as well as dealing horrible torturous deaths to histo ...more
Steve Morrison
Fantastic. Best fan fiction of all time. Time travel, gender-bending, dreams within dreams, worlds within worlds. A spiritually insightful, deeply imaginative, slapstick quest, and a genuinely valuable addition to the original classic. If you love Monkey King, absolutely seek this out.
Ed
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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A 17th century sequel to the Journey to the East told in the "Monkey" series. A continuation of the dreamlike states of Monkey. Wonderful stuff!
Douglas Penick
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Monkey returns and careens through the myriad worlds of the Avatamsaka Sutra. Wonderful!
A-ron
Feb 11, 2007 rated it really liked it
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A real trip for such an old book. Tons of great material to dig into here as Monkey desperately clubs his way towards enlightenment.
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Chinese classic:-----------read for school, Monkey
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