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On a particularly clear night, a rock on the highest peak of the Flower and Fruit Mountain shatters open to give birth to an otherwise ordinary looking monkey. The monkey, however, is anything but ordinary. This extraordinary monkey journeys far across the oceans in search for immortality and rewrote the history of the magical world...Little did he know that the true journey of his life has yet to come.The Monkey King and the Book of Death is the first volume in the Monkey King series, adapted in modern English from Journey to the West (by Wu Cheng en of the Ming Dynasty), one of the most popular Chinese adventure and fantasy fiction of all times, telling the story of a magical monkey the Monkey King, escorting a monk in his travels across a whole continent to obtain sacred scriptures from the West, fighting demons and overcoming endless difficulties and trials on the way to Enlightenment.
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Ted Tao grew up with the Monkey King story and loves its world of fantasy and adventures to the bones. He finished reading the original Journey to the West novel in its entirety, over 1,000 pages in Chinese, when he was only eight. Then at age nine, Ted created, wrote and even illustrated a sequel to the vast classic, which was so well done that several publishers were considering publishing it. Unfortunately, the hand-written manuscript was lost in a house move ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â¦ But the dream went on. Having majored in physics at University of California, studying black hole astrophysics and such, Ted has found a miraculous link between his love of the modern scientific world of physics and his fascination of the Eastern mysticism, represented in part by the magical journey of the Monkey King. His English adaptation of the Monkey King series was thus born.Review:
As a child, these tales nourished my imagination and ability to love and to hate. They introduced me to fantasy lands full of characters with courage, integrity and goodness. They made me understand that tragedies are not necessarily sad, because tender hearts usually achieve happiness and satisfaction through sorrow. In a word, they have made me what I am today, a writer, whose livelihood depends on compassion and fascination. As modern renditions and artful adaptations of these ancient tales, this series has brought out the most touching elements and core spirit, drama and beauty of the old stories, yet at the same time given them a new life and charm catered to young readers today ---- ---- --Geling Yan, Award winning writer - Author of The Banquet Bug
As my daughters are getting older, I have been wanting them to know the best stories from the Chinese culture, but have found it hard to locate a version with the right kind of story-telling suitable to their ages and American taste, that could draw and hold their attention, and strike a chord in their hearts. I am happy to have been presented this series. Beautiful stories beautifully retold, in a refreshing way and with age appropriate gradings, this edition is the finest I ve ever seen, definitely something I would like my children to read and grow up on. ------Joan Chen, Award winning director/actress - Leading role, The Last Emperor<
These are the stories I've been waiting to read since childhood classic tales, vividly retold, and beautifully illustrated in ways that stimulate the imagination. The questions posed are important ones to young minds how things happen and why, as well as the consequences of personal choices. They are what I pondered as a child experiencing my own twists and turns in life. And those were the thoughts that very much influenced my becoming a writer. As these stories show, there are no simple answers, but with imagination you can go to many places and find many possibilities. These are magical stories for everyone. ----Amy Tan, Author of The Joy Luck Club - Creative Consultant to the PBS television series Sagwa
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Book Description Golden Peach Publishing, 2008. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1930655010