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on April 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Are you looking for a fantasy book that is set in history? The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen by Lloyd Alexander is it!
The main character is Jen, the young lord prince, he is persistent, sometimes brave, and generous and he likes Voyaging Moon who is valiant flute girl. This story took place in the Kingdom of Tang and it happened long time ago. Jen, the young lord prince, is traveling to Tien-Kuo to learn more about the kingdom. The prince went searching day and night for Voyaging Moon but he failed at finding her, instead, it got him troubles. He was locked and kept in the dark, creepy jail and was forced by Fat Choy to wear a cangue! Jen gave away his 6 gifts to a traveler that past by that needs presents for another purpose. Finally Jen's 6 valuable gifts (a pointy, sharp sword, a light, smooth saddle, a paint box, a well decorated bronze bowl, a wide, big, beautiful kite, and a wooden flute) for Yuan-Ming (the king of Tien-Kuo) were all given away. He was going empty handed to Tien-Kuo.However, something sad and unbelievable just stopped him to go. It made him return to Chang'an (his palace). From this, I learned that you must never give up doing something except when only some other important thing has to be assigned before that. Moreover, you must know nothing before you can learn something, and be empty before you can be filled. I will recommend this book because it has many descriptive sentences like: The reek of old battlefields choked his nostrils. Cries of the wounded and dying filled his ears. Some can grab your attention like: Robbed and terrorized by bandits, they are worse off than ever. What can they possibly do? To find out, read the next chapter. For me this book makes me nervous because at the end of every chapter, it stops at an exciting or interesting and unbelievable spot. It makes you want to read the next chapter. In addition, I hope that you will enjoy reading it as much as I do! To find out what is making Prince Jen going back to Chang'an read this book!
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on October 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
Genre: fatansy

Jen goes on a journey. He meets new friends. He learns a life lesson. I liked most about this book was the plot. its a good story basis and a great setting. What i like is at the begining was kinda hard to get interested in but soon after it makes you not want to stop. i would have to say my favorite character was the Madd Robber Moxa. He robbed people, but only certain people that fell into a list of rules, he was a theif but a kind one.

"There, perched cross-legged on the tiles, she put the flute to her lips and played a sparing melody, praying that some how jen would hear it wherever he might be and the the music would bring him to her." pg -130

This girl has barely met jen and known him for such little time but cares so deeply for him :)

this is a good book and it has such a good story line and keeps you reading till the end.

1 question i have after reading this would be Is the a sequel?

i would recommend this book to anyone and its story is one anyone will enjoy
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on April 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen, by Lloyd Alexander book is a fantasy about the journey of a young prince.
The main character is a young man by the name of Prince Jen. Prince Jen is a very kind person. He is so kind that he gave away all the 5 gifts to 5 different people who needed them, instead of giving them to Yuan-Ming. There were 6 gifts, but Natha Yellow Scarf stole a sword.
The story happened in China during the period of the Kingdom of T'ang.
This book is about Prince Jen on a journey to the legendary court of Tien-kuo. On the way to Tien-kou Jen meets new friends like Moxa and Voyaging Moon. They get into gigantic trouble. One of Prince Jen's troubles is Natha Yellow Scarf. Natha Yellow Scarf is a bandit in the Kingdom of T'ang. He is a bad because he steals very valuable items like a magic sword that was supposed to be given to Yuan-Ming.
I want to recommend this book because I like the story. The story is very exciting at the ending.
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on April 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Like books that are filled with action and romance, but couldn't find a selection? Well, than read The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen! Lloyd Alexander has once again proved himself a champion author this fantasy novel. The plot is drawn with vivid colors: a courageous prince goes on a quest with his servant to go from Chang'an, the old Chinese capital (remember, this story takes place in ancient China) to Tien Kuo, a legendary kingdom to learn the ways of how the wise king there governs his kingdom so well. Along the way, the prince befriends a flute girl, a mad robber, and more. He also meets a few enemies. Well, more accurately, lots of enemies. I just adore the way Lloyd keeps me sweating a mile a minute at the end of each chapter. I also like the way the words draw pictures in my mind. I guarantee that you will read this book in ecstasy until the end. I think this is the best book the author has ever written. Congratulations, Mr. Alexander!
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Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
How many years has it been since cute symbolic tales were in vogue? A very long time. That is why this book is such a treasure. Not only does Mr. Alexander give us an entertaining story with lovable, quirky characters, but it works in the tradition of a true fable as it tells of true lessons in life. I know this is but a review, but I'd like to take the opportunity to point out one particular lesson I found: Take notice of Jen's gifts. When first selected, everyone was less than impressed and thought them nothing but junk. But as various people experienced in the lines of the various gifts meet them (i.e. Voyaging Moon and the flute), they truly appreciate the gifts as practically priceless.
So, yes, ignore my annoying observation, and please consider my recommendation of this book. You will not be disappointed.
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on December 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book and am buying it for two thoughtful readers. It blends eastern philosphy into a totally enjoyable story of a hero's and a heroine's quest. You can enjoy seeing the ancient wisdom in the book, or ignore it and just enjoy the book. This is a book parents could read with or to their children and it would prompt great discussions. It teaches the values of sharing, love and compassion for others without any preaching. I disliked the comments at the end of each chapter, designed to encourage you to read on, but I understand their value for young readers.
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on January 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a well-written book about Prince Jen, the prince from the kingdom of T'ang, who volunteered to find the kingdom of T'ien-ku and figure out the secrets of how the king there governed his kingdom so everyone would happy. On his journey there, Prince Jen brought along six gifts for the king, but loses them all because of his kind heart. I think this story could have been a Chinese legend because of the magical parts. If there weren't any of the magical parts, I would have assumed that it was written in a fictionalized form of a part in Chinese history.
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on June 30, 1998
Format: Paperback
Lloyd Alexander has written a fairytale in novel form. It is reminiscent of Arabian Nights stories, but it is set in China. At the end of each chapter is a group of the questions that have been left unanswered. This adds to the style or is an annoyance, depending on how you look at it. Fans of Alexander's Pyrdain Chronicles may be interested in this alternative, although it is not as engaging.
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on March 27, 2014
Format: Paperback
I loved this book
great plot
jens kingdom ends up
just like kingdom of tienkuo in the end(according to master wu's reference)
but ya
its a great book and i enjoyed reading it
GREAT ENDING
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on January 21, 2012
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
A huge fan of Alexander's Prydain stories, I was deeply impressed by the Kestrel series as well. Just when I thought my top ten favorite books were set in stone, I read this delightfully profound archetypal adventure filled with vibrant, colorful characters whose seemingly insurmountable challenges wend through exciting, unpredictable yet insightful resolutions. A great read to curl up to at the end of the day!
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