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The Journey to the West: v. 4 [Paperback]


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1 May 1984 Journey to the West (Book 4)
The Journey to the West, volume 4, comprises the last twenty-five chapters of Anthony C. Yu's four-volume translation of Hsi-yu Chi, one of the most beloved classics of Chinese literature. The fantastic tale recounts the sixteen-year pilgrimage of the monk Hsuan-tsang (596-664), one of China's most illustrious religious heroes, who journeyed to India with four animal disciples in quest of Buddhist scriptures. For nearly a thousand years, his exploits were celebrated and embellished in various accounts, culminating in the hundred-chapter Journey to the West, which combines religious allegory with romance, fantasy, humor, and satire.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; New edition edition (1 May 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226971546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226971544
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 15.2 x 22.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,590,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anthony C. Yu is Carl Darling Buck Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities; chairman and professor in the department of East Asian languages and civilizations; professor in the Committee on Social Thought; and professor of English language and literature, and comparative literature in the Divinty School at the University of Chicago.

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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars A student 16 Dec 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
One of the most important features of this translation is its accuracy. It is difficult to find a translation that is as true to the original language as this is. Much of the Chinese, especially the poems, is not only archaic but extremely obscure and difficult to approximate in the English language. The author has accomplished this with this work. The footnoting should also be mentioned, The information contained in the extensive footnotes and appendix's has been an integral part not only in my understanding of this book but much of my other studies of Asian mythologies and related materials.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Set of Books I've Read in a Long Time 17 Aug 2000
By Christine Wong - Published on Amazon.com
I have long adored Chinese Classics, this being my favorite one. I have Chinese ancestry, but cannot speak or write or read Chinese. I am glad this book has now been put into English for many readers to read. Journey to the West tells of a Tang Priest who is sent on the Tang Emperor's orders to get the scriptures from the Tathagata Buddha in the West. Along his journey, he frees Monkey from the five elements mountain, gets Zhu Bajie (Martian Tian Peng), but now a pig, and Sha Wujing. They overcome 81 obstacles to finally reach the Buddha and become buddhas themselves. The characters in this book are so vivid (especially Sun Wu Kong). The way the author writes, its like being with the Monkey King and watching his journey. When I first watched the Journey to the West the TV show in HongKong, I was hooked. The fascinating martial arts, the humorous bits in the show, and the plot that makes you hang on the edge of your seat. When I read the book, I was so intrigued in the writing, I couldn't put it down. THis is definitely a book worth reading. The language is moderately difficult. I had quite an easy time reading it (and I'm only 8). A must read, it is absolutely fantastic. (by the way, the Monkey King is played by Dicky Cheung in the movie, who is a WONDERFUL actor. Journey to the West (not animated, its real picture) is a great show! )
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior translation. 5 Mar 2013
By daoist1042 - Published on Amazon.com
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Although the footnotes sometimes get onerous, they really are necessary for a complete understanding of the culture and content behind this book. I recommend this, and all the other volumes in this series by Mr. Yu, to anyone interested in the culture, history and/or Tao! Well worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Part IV, For Intelligent Readers Only! 5 Nov 2007
By K. Henton - Published on Amazon.com
This is the final volume of one of the four great written masterpieces of China, beautifully translated by Professor Yu. You can feel the long and arduous journey to India coming to an end at last, along with the end of the even longer and harder journey from immaturity to maturity. The point of the Monkey King's very first teacher, "Nothing in the world is difficult, only the mind makes it so" comes back to the fore in this brilliant wrap up to a story that has no equal. If you have been using some visual aids, such as the CCTV production, to help with your comprehension up to this point, my advice is not to use them for the last part of this volume. The arrival of the group at Vulture Peak and all the incredible human vices, bureaucratic red tape and mistakes that occur from that point on are most impressionable if experienced in the imagination though reading.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good translation! 5 Feb 2014
By Struan - Published on Amazon.com
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I have many translations of this Chinese classic, as well as the original Chinese version. If you want a real feel for this story, you cannot go wrong with this version. Yes, it is long, but so is the original. If you are looking for a very condensed, but well done version, I would also recommend the Arthur Waley translation!!
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