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Journey to the West is a fantasy novel by the Chinese writer Wu Cheng'en (d. 1582). The picaresque novel chronicles the exploits of an immortal stone monkey, whose powerful magic wreaks havoc in heaven and earth. As part of his punishment, the Monkey King is to accompany young monk Xuanzang to India and bring Buddhist scriptures back to China. On their journey, they encounter many evil spirits and demons. Their friendship and mental fortitude are severely tested. Journey of the West is one of the Four Classics of Chinese Literature.

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