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Sun Wukong

Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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 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.

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. Get A Copy.

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Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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. 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, 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 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.

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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.


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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. 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.

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And those were the thoughts that very much influenced my becoming a writer. He brings the other monkeys to raid the house and they make it into their home, declaring the stone monkey their king. He takes the throne and calls himself Handsome Monkey King. Sun Wukong establishes himself as a powerful and influential demon.

In search of a weapon, he travels to the oceans and acquires the Golden-banded staff Ruyi Jingu Bang, a treasure of Ao Guang, the dragon-king of the Eastern Seas. Upon Sun Wukong's approach, the staff glows to signify it has found its true master. It can change its size, multiply, and fight according to its master's whim. It weighs 13, jin 8. When not wielding the weapon, Sun Wukong shrinks it down to the size of a sewing needle and tucks it behind his ear. In addition to taking the magical staff, Wukong defeats the dragons of the four seas in battle and forces them to give him a golden chain mail shirt, a phoenix -feather cap, and cloud-walking boots.

Upon his return to the mountain, he demonstrates the new weapon to his followers and draws the attention of other beastly powers, who seek to ally with him. Sun Wukong then defies Hell's attempt to collect his soul. Instead of reincarnating, he wipes his name out of the Book of Life and Death along with the names of all monkeys known to him. Hoping that a promotion and a rank amongst the gods will make him more manageable, the Jade Emperor invites Sun Wukong to Heaven.

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The monkey believes he will receive an honorable place as one of the gods but is instead made the Protector of the Horses to watch over the stables, the lowest job in heaven. The Heavens are forced to recognize his title; however, they again try to put him off as the guardian of the Heavenly Garden. When he finds that he is excluded from a royal banquet that includes every other important god and goddess, his indignation turns to open defiance.

He steals and consumes Xi Wangmu's Peaches of immortality, Laozi's pills of longevity, and the Jade Emperor's royal wine, then escapes back to his kingdom in preparation for his rebellion. Sun Wukong later single-handedly defeats the Army of Heaven's , celestial warriors, all 28 constellations, four heavenly kings, and Nezha, and proves himself equal to the best of Heaven's generals, Erlang Shen.

Eventually, through the teamwork of Taoist and Buddhist forces, including the efforts from some of the greatest deities, and then finally by the Bodhisattva of mercy, Guanyin, Sun Wukong is captured. After several failed attempts at execution, Sun Wukong is locked into Laozi's eight-way trigram Crucible to be distilled into an elixir so that Laozi could regain his pills of longevity by samadhi fires.

After 49 days, however, when the cauldron is opened, Sun Wukong jumps out, even stronger. The Jade Emperor and the authorities of Heaven appeal to the Buddha, who arrives from his temple in the West.

The Buddha bets that Sun Wukong cannot escape from Buddha's palm.