Part spiritual pilgramage, part historical epic, the folk novel Journey to the West
, which came to be known as Monkey
, is the most popular classic of Asian literature. Originally written in the sixteenth century, it is the story of the adventures of the rogue-trickster Monkey and his encounters with a bizarre cast of characters as he travels to India with the Buddhist pilgrim Tripitika in search of sacred scriptures. Much more than a picaresque adventure novel, Monkey
is a profound allegory of the struggle that must occur before spiritual transformation is possible. David Kherdian's masterful retelling brings this classic of Chinese literature to life in a way that is true to the scope and depth of the original.
David Kherdian is the author of over thirty books of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and children's literature.
209 pages, illustrated. Paperback.