Journey to the west or xiyou ji chinese pinyin xyu j literally west wandering chronicles is a chinese novel published in the 16th century during the ming dynasty and attributed to wu chengenit is one of the four great classical novels of chinese literature arthur waleys popular abridged translation monkey is well known in english speaking countries. Part spiritual pilgrimage part historical epic the folk novel journey to the west which came to be known as monkey is the most popular classic of asian literatureoriginally 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 tripitaka in . Monkey journey to the west is a stage adaptation of the novel journey to the west by wu chengenit was conceived and created by the chinese actor and director chen shi zheng along with british musician damon albarn and british artist jamie hewlett. Monkey is arthur waleys delightful rendition of wu cheng ens journey to the west one of chinas four great classical novels this abridged version provides english readers with an experience that would otherwise have been inaccessible to those of us unable to read the original chinese. Monkey probably i might cover something else before continuing with part two of the journey to the west its kind of a doozy and im having a lot of trouble convincing myself to cut some parts
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