Loosely based on historical records, Journey of the West tells the story of the Buddhist monk Xuanzang who travels West toward India to find a set of sacred texts. On his journey he is accompanied by a varied group of characters: the mischievous monkey Sun Wukong, the pig Zhu Bajie, and the monk Sha Wujing.


Wu Cheng’en. (1958). Monkey (Arthur Waley, Trans.). New York: Grove Press.

Arthur Waley (well known for his other translations from Chinese, including the Book of Songs, the Analects, and Chinese poetry) translated an abridged version in 1942 under the title Monkey—A Folk Tale of China. He translated only 30 out of 100 chapters, and many critique the translation for being arbitrary and untrue to the original.

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