By Wu Cheng'en
Monkey depicts the adventures of Prince Tripitaka, a tender Buddhist priest on a perilous pilgrimage to India to retrieve sacred scriptures observed by means of his 3 unruly disciples: the grasping pig creature Pipsy, the river monster Sandy - and Monkey. Hatched from a stone egg and given the secrets and techniques of heaven and earth, the irrepressible trickster Monkey can trip at the clouds, develop into invisible and remodel into different shapes - talents that end up very precious whilst the 4 travelers arise opposed to the dragons, bandits, demons and evil wizards that threaten to avoid them of their quest. Wu Ch’êng-ên wrote Monkey within the mid-sixteenth century, including his personal distinct type to an historic chinese language legend, and in so doing created a stunning mix of nonsense with profundity, slapstick comedy with non secular knowledge.
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