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There are two good translations of Journey to the West. The first is
translated by Anthony C. Yu and comes in 4 volumes. This version features all of the
original poetry and can be a little hard to get through because the translation is very
The second version is translated by W.J.F. Jenner and comes in 3 volumes. This
version leaves out some of the poetry and is a more literary translation. This
version offers a little more characterization and is a little easier to understand for the
English reader. If this is your first time reading Journey to the West I
would recommend the second version.
Both of these are currently in print and should be available at your local bookstore.
If you can't find them there, try Amazon.com.
Here are the book sources that I have used for my research. Some of these may be out
of print; check your local library system.
Blofeld, John. Taoism, The Road to Immortality. Shambhala, Boston.
Chao, Tze-chiang, A Chinese Garden of Serenity: Reflections of Zen Buddhist.
The Peter Pauper Press, Mount Vernon, New York. 1959.
Cleary, Thomas. The Essential Tao. Castle Books. 1998.
Cooper. J.L. Chinese Alchemy: The Taoist Quest for Immortality. The
Aquarian Press, Wellingborough, Northamtonshire. 1984.
Fairbanks, John King. China: A New History. The Belknap Press of
Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts. 1992.
Freedman, Maurice. The Study of Chinese Society. Standford University
Press Stanford California. 1979
Hsia, C.T. The Classic Chinese Novel: A Critical Introduction. Indiana
University Press Bloomington. 1980.
Li, Dun J. The Ageless Chinese: A History. Charles Scribers Sons, New
Maxwell-Stuart, P.G. (editor) The Occult in Early Modern Europe. St.
Martins Press, New York. 1999.
Ni, Mao Shing. The Yellow Emperors Classic of Medicine.
Shambhala, Boston. 1995.
Roberts. Gareth, The Mirror of Alchemy. University of Toronto Press,
Ware, J.R. Alchemy, Medicine, Religion in the China of AD 320 (The Nei
Pien of Ko Hung). MIT Press. 1966.
Wei, Henry. The Guiding Light of Lao Tzu. A new Translation and Commentary
on the Tao The Ching. The Theosophical Publishing House, Wheaton,
Wriggins, Sally. Xuanzang A Buddhist Pilgrim on the Silk Road.
Westview Press Boulder, CO. 1996.
Monkey King: Journey to the
West - A "comic book" of the first seven chapters of the novel. It
features some very beautiful Chinese paintings that are used to illustrate the novel.
Ancient China - Buy books about the history of
The Tang Dynasty -
A time line of the Tang Dynasty.
Journey to the West: A
Buddhist Novel - A nice summery of the novel.
Wu Cheng'en -
Information on the author of Journey to the West.
The Evoultion of Monkey: From
Chinese Folk Saint to Japanese Manga Hero - It explains how Monkey King became, among
other things, Son Goku of Dragon Ball fame.
- A site with good information about the anime GensoMaden Saiyuki.
A little ruckus in the trip
to the West - Another good site about the anime GensoMaden Saiyuki.
Rice Balls and Jeeps - Another
interesting site about the animeGensoMaden Saiyuki.
Gensomaden Saiyuki - An
all around great site for information about the Anime. You'll definitely want to
Monkey - A very complete site with lots and lots of information about the TV show Monkey Magic.
Monkey! The TV Show -
Information about Monkey's Japanese TV show.
Monkey Heaven - A very large and complete page
with tons of information about the TV show.
For more sources try Google or the Anipike.