Monkey: Folk Novel of China Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2016-04-17 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 74 user ratings

"I used this to introduce myself to Journey to the West since 100 chapters over several volumes seemed somewhat arduous. I greatly enjoyed this, but still feel as though I missed out on something rich by not reading the full novel." said.

"I picked this book up after a friend told me it was a classic in China and I didn't honestly expect to enjoy it much. But the first half of the book had me totally engrossed. The second half I enjoyed less. It seemed written by a different author, is translated less elegantly. Still, I fully recommend it." said.

""Monkey" is the funniest book I ever read. And the things "Monkey" does are beyond my wildest expectations. This book is very well read literature in Asia. If I am not in the best mood, this book causes me to laugh for days. Very thought provoking." said.

"An exciting adventure story fleshed out with religious philosophies and historical references. I've never read the original Chinese version so I can't compare, but this abridged translation is still a standout book." said.

"Translation is always an incredibly difficult task and this one is between not just different languages and different eras, but also different cultures and different philosophies. This is a very readable translation of a portion of the epic, at the cost of context and a degree of accuracy.

However, if you want to just read the story and enjoy it as a story, this is probably the best version. Deeper retellings are a slog to get through and unless you really want every drop, you're better off with a version you'll complete.
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"I liked this book a lot. it was a great metaphor and it was also entertaining to read" said.

"As an American of Chinese descent, I was able to read one of China's most famous novels. Although, it is the translated version, I believe that the author translated it very well. This is my first time reading the Monkey King despite having seen several television adaptions. According to my Chinese professor, this book is very true to the original version.

Three reasons why I would purchase this:
1. One of China's Most famous novels
2. Abridged Version (if you are pressed with time)
3. True to the original version.
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