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 There are several excellent books for people learning to read Chinese, and also some great books to read if you’re interested in learning more about the classic story Journey to the West. Here are our favorites:

The Complete Journey to the West

Anthony C. Yu’s translation of The Journey to the West,initially published in 1983, introduced English-speaking audiences to the classic Chinese novel in its entirety for the first time.

With over a hundred chapters written in both prose and poetry, The Journey to the West has always been a complicated and difficult text to render in English while preserving the lyricism of its language and the content of its plot. But Yu has successfully taken on the task, and in this new edition he has made his translations even more accurate and accessible.   This is by far the most accurate English translation, and it’s also a real joy to read.

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Journey to the West, Volume 1

Anthony C. Yu’s translation of The Journey to the West,initially published in 1983, introduced English-speaking audiences to the classic Chinese novel in its entirety for the first time.

Journey to the West, Volume 2

Second volume of Journey to the West, by Anthony Yu.

Journey to the West, Volume 3

Third volume of Journey to the West, by Anthony Yu.

Journey to the West, Volume 4

Fourth volume of Journey to the West, by Anthony Yu.

BOOKS FOR LEARNING TO READ CHINESE

Here are some of our favorite story books for learning to read Chinese.

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The Herd Boy and the Weaving Maid

Written for beginning students of Chinese, this book is a beautiful retelling in simple language of one of the most popular Chinese folk tales, that of the star-crossed lovers known as the Herd Boy and the Weaving Maid.  The story is told using only 200 different Chinese characters.  Uses pinyin on the facing pages.

Anna Mei Banfa!

A short, simple novel in Chinese characters and pinyin that emphasizes and repeats the highest-frequency words and phrases of the language while telling a story. First in a series for Chinese learners by Terry Waltz, this book tells the story of Anna, a high school freshman living in upstate New York, who is frustrated with her family and her problems. An unexpected opportunity presents itself when her high school announces a chance for a student to travel to Taiwan for a summer.