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The Journey to the West : v.1 - Anthony C. Yu

The Journey to the West


By: Anthony C. Yu (Translator, Editor)

Paperback Published: 26th November 2012
ISBN: 9780226971322
Number Of Pages: 576

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Anthony C. Yu’s translation of The Journey to the West,initially published in 1983, introduced English-speaking audiences to the classic Chinese novel in its entirety for the first time. Written in the sixteenth century, The Journey to the West tells the story of the fourteen-year pilgrimage of the monk Xuanzang, one of China’s most famous religious heroes, and his three supernatural disciples, in search of Buddhist scriptures. Throughout his journey, Xuanzang fights demons who wish to eat him, communes with spirits, and traverses a land riddled with a multitude of obstacles, both real and fantastical. An adventure rich with danger and excitement, this seminal work of the Chinese literary canonis by turns allegory, satire, and fantasy.
        With over a hundred chapters written in both prose and poetry, The Journey to the West has always been a complicated and difficult text to render in English while preserving the lyricism of its language and the content of its plot. But Yu has successfully taken on the task, and in this new edition he has made his translations even more accurate and accessible. The explanatory notes are updated and augmented, and Yu has added new material to his introduction, based on his original research as well as on the newest literary criticism and scholarship on Chinese religious traditions. He has also modernized the transliterations included in each volume, using the now-standard Hanyu Pinyin romanization system. Perhaps most important, Yu has made changes to the translation itself in order to make it as precise as possible.
         One of the great works of Chinese literature, The Journey to the West is not only invaluable to scholars of Eastern religion and literature, but, in Yu’s elegant rendering, also a delight for any reader.

Industry Reviews

"In 1983, Anthony C. Yu's The Journey to the West conveyed intact to readers of English the classic that had enthralled Chinese children for centuries. It taught scholars that the novel's many poems were as important as its prose. This new version draws on thirty years of the author's further studies in literature and religion. It traces one theme after another to the Quanzhen Daoist movement and its new synthesis of religious thought. The translation is a joy to read, and the introduction and commentary reveal the deep foundations on which this fantastic tale of adventure is built."
--Nathan Sivin "University of Chicago "

Preface to the Revised Editionp. ix
Preface to the First Editionp. xiii
Abbreviationsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
The divine root conceives, its source revealed; Mind and nature nurtured, the Great Dao is bornp. 99
Fully awoke to Bodhi's wondrous truths; He cuts off Mara, returns to the root, and joins Primal Spiritp. 116
Four Seas and a Thousand Mountains all bow to submit; From Ninefold Darkness ten species' names are removedp. 131
Appointed a BanHorse, could he be content? Named Equal to Heaven, he's still not appeasedp. 145
Disrupting the Peach Festival, the Great Sage steals elixir; With revolt in Heaven, many gods would seize the fiendp. 160
Guanyin, attending the banquet, inquires into the cause; The Little Sage, exerting his power, subdues the Great Sagep. 174
From the Eight Trigrams Brazier the Great Sage escapes; Beneath the Five Phases Mountain, Mind Monkey is stillp. 188
Our Buddha makes scriptures to impart ultimate bliss; Guanyin receives the decree to go up to Chang'anp. 201
Chen Guangrui, going to his post, meets disaster; Monk River Float, avenging his parents, repays his rootsp. 217
The Old Dragon King's foolish schemes transgress Heaven's decrees; Prime Minister Wei's letter seeks help from an official of the deadp. 231
Having toured the Underworld, Taizong returns to life; Having presented melons and fruits, Liu Quan marries againp. 252
The Tang emperor, firmly sincere, convenes a Grand Mass; Guanyin, in epiphany, converts Gold Cicadap. 269
In the den of tigers, the Gold Star brings deliverance; At Double-Fork Ridge, Boqin detains the monkp. 293
Mind Monkey returns to the Right; The Six Robbers vanish from sightp. 306
At Serpent Coil Mountain, the gods give secret protection; At Eagle Grief Stream, the Horse of the Will is reinedp. 321
At Guanyin Hall the monks plot for the treasure; At Black Wind Mountain a monster steals the cassockp. 334
Pilgrim Sun greatly disturbs the Black Wind Mountain; Guanshiyin brings to submission the bear monsterp. 349
At Guanyin Hall the Tang Monk leaves his ordeal; At Gao Village the Great Sage casts out the monsterp. 367
At Cloudy Paths Cave, Wukong takes in Eight Rules; At Pagoda Mountain, Tripitaka receives the Heart Sutrap. 378
At Yellow Wind Ridge the Tang Monk meets adversity; In mid-mountain, Eight Rules strives to be firstp. 393
The Viharapalas prepare lodging for the Great Sage; Lingji of Sumeru crushes the wind demonp. 407
Eight Rules fights fiercely at the Flowing-Sand River; Moksa by order receives Wujing's submissionp. 421
Tripitaka does not forget his origin; The Four Sages test the priestly mindp. 435
At Long Life Mountain the Great Immortal detains his old friend; At Five Villages Abbey, Pilgrim steals the ginseng fruitp. 450
The Zhenyuan Immortal gives chase to catch the scripture monk; Pilgrim Sun greatly disturbs Five Villages Abbeyp. 465
Notesp. 479
Indexp. 535
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ISBN: 9780226971322
ISBN-10: 0226971325
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 576
Published: 26th November 2012
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Type: Revised

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