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If your mid 40s and remember the tv series monkey ...... Well this is what it's based on and it's amazing, funny and to think it was written circa 500 years ago!!
Performed by one of the most talented great oratory performers Kenneth Williams , who just brings all the characters to life in only the way he could
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What did you love best about Monkey?
Journey to the West is a Chinese novel published in the 16th century during the Ming dynasty and attributed to Wu Cheng'en. It is one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. Journey to the West has strong roots in Chinese folk religion, Chinese mythology, Taoist and Buddhist philosophy, and the pantheon of Taoist immortals and Buddhist bodhisattvas are still reflective of some Chinese religious attitudes today. Enduringly popular, the tale is at once a comic adventure story, a spring of spiritual insight, and an extended allegory in which the group of pilgrims journeys towards enlightenment by the power and virtue of cooperation.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Monkey. Sun Wukong.
Which character – as performed by Kenneth Williams – was your favorite?
Kenneth has a great narration here.
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This is a very long book, however it is divided into bite size chapters. Having said that, I must say that if you are like me, you will not stop until you have to! There is a bit of everything here: history of China; gentle teaching of moral and religious behavior; ADVENTURE; humor; drama; and a rip roaring good time! I defy you not to like Monkey and maybe even to love him as he grows from being a statue, to a king, and eventually becomes The Buddha Victorious in Strife. May the Buddha Bless you and smile upon you!
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