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A lengthy beginning to the classic Chinese saga, 3 Aug. 2000
The Journey To The West, Vol. 1 contains the first section of Wu Cheng-En's classic saga. Edited by Anthony C. Yu, it is four volumes and length, is almost exactly the same as the original masterpiece, which was written in the 1500s. Some might find the book a bit hard going, as it goes into great detail about Tripitaka's pilgrimage to India with Monkey, Sandy and Pigsy, retaining a lot of the original poetry.
Fans of the Japanese TV series 'Monkey' will love this, as the programme is based on the story 'Journey To The West'. I read this book and it is brilliant, even though it does take a while to read! I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in Buddhism, China, Pilgrimages or MONKEY!