Andrew McColl

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Journey to the West, Volume 1 by Yu
33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
I'm not even going to attempt any objectivity here: in my view it's simply the Best Book Ever Written.
It's spiritually uplifting (even for an atheist like me), it's sometimes sad (but never maudlin), but most of all it's funny. Often Rolling On The Floor-funny. Puns, slapstick, razor-sharp wit and even some bizarre lines and situations that Spike Milligan or the Pythons would have been proud to have thought of: something for every well-developed sense of humour.
Furthermore, I cannot recommend this translation highly enough.
The main difference between the Yu translation and the Waley translation from the 50s is that the latter is heavily abridged, whereas Yu has here… Read more