The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen

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When Prince Jen volunteers to search for the legendary court of T'ien-kuo, a mysterious old man chooses six gifts for him to bear in homage: a saddle, a sword, a paint box, a bowl, a kite, and a flute. Puzzled by the gifts but full of high spirits and pride, Jen sets of--but stumbles almost immediately into a series of misfortunes. Only with the help of his faithful servant, Mafoo, and valiant flute-girl, Voyaging Moon, and only after a breathtakingly exciting string of adventures can Jen discover the real meaning of the gifts and face his true destiny. . . .

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Grade 5-10-- From deep in the cauldron of world story comes a rich fantasy about a young man's journey from innocence to experience. In China during the Tang Dynasty, young Prince Jen, heir to the Dragon Throne, sets off to find T'ien-kuo, or Heavenly Kingdom, the utopia described by a mysterious wandering scholar. Accompanied by a large retinue of soldiers and his practical, plain-spoken servant, the idealistic, sheltered prince bears six gifts for the ruler of T'ien-kuo. As his journey progresses, he loses everything: his retinue, his possessions, his identity, his illusions, his friends, until at last, in one of Alexander's most moving passages, he finds himself a common criminal, wandering the roads of his own kingdom, wearing the wooden collar of punishment. Although experience is a harsh teacher, Jen never loses his common humanity, nor his faith in the bondmaid he loves. Alexander borrows form and content from the popular novels of the Ming and Ch'ing Dynasties, particularly Shi Nai'an's Outlaws of the Marsh (China Bks., 1988), and is influenced, as are the Ming-Ch'ing novels, by the vernacular literature of the Sung Dynasty. Yet Jen's story transcends all boundaries, mixing Alexander's familiar cast--the impulsive, good-hearted boy; the clever, independent young woman; the assortment of eccentric, loyal companions--with flavors of European folklore; Hans Christian Andersen; admiring Chinoiserie, Buddhist and Taoist ideas; Arabian Nights extravagance. Alexander satisfies the taste for excitement, but his vivid characters and the food for thought he offers will nourish long after the last page is turned. --Margaret A. Chang, North Adams State College, MA
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Recounting the adventures of the son of an imaginary Chinese emperor, a master storyteller once again weaves a compelling tale. Prince Jen and his sharp-tongued servant, Mafoo, volunteer to journey to the kingdom of T'ien-ku to discover the secrets of governing from the king of that unusually happy and prosperous land. They set out bearing six gifts, but lose them all along the way; they also encounter a rich array of characters, including an evil bandit, a thief with a rigid code of conduct, a little girl who learns to fly, and an older one with whom Jen falls in love. Stories concerning the gifts are smoothly woven into the adventurous journey, which ends happily in the Prince's own kingdom. There are familiar Alexander types here--the plucky but naive hero; the sarcastic, often wrong-headed sidekick; the girl who's smarter than either--but the characterizations get a fresh twist in a setting depicted with the abundant detail of a carefully woven tapestry, while the reader is hypnotically drawn into the lively story. (Fiction. 10+) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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