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Monkey by Wu Cheng-en

A classic tale from China translated by by Arthur Waley.  It is the story of a monkey king who creates mayhem in heaven and, as a result, is entombed under a mountain for 500 years.  Then he agrees to escort a Buddhist monk on a journey to India to fetch scriptures, they are joined by various helpers on the way and have lots of adventures.   I read this book to my daughter (who was then 11) and we both enjoyed it.

The final few chapters,  in which they return to China, have a different atmosphere from the earlier ones: they are overtly religious and less playful; maybe they were added to the original at a later date?

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