Are you partly undecided because you haven't received an answer to your question in the other thread yet?
Does anyone have a sense of what we'd be taking on with The Journey to the West? The unabridged version runs to four volumes! The literature of pilgrimage is one of my interests and this appeals to me, but is there an abridged version we'd agree on?
According to the spoiler text in the first post there seems to be a heavily abridged version.