Li Kao may have a slight flaw in his character but the book has none. I recommend it unconditionally and I predict Barry Hughart has quite a. The first time I read Barry Hughart’s Bridge of Birds, I cried. I cried because the ending was that beautiful, because it was that sweet, and. When the children of his village were struck with a mysterious illness, Number Ten Ox found master Li Kao. Together they set out to find the Great Root of Power .

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A young woman had appeared at the upstairs window. There is just so much to recommend this book, I don’t even know where to start.

Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart | Book Review

Alternative World Jan Selection. What is more, these details come back to play a part in the larger story. Then there are books that have happy endings because they have something to say about happiness.

There was one small calm pool almost directly beneath us, but for all I knew it was six inches deep First edition, hard cover dust jacket. The voice is wonderful although not one for people addicted to ‘show, don’t tell’ or very modern prose.

One-Eyed Wong and Fat Fu play only a tiny role in this account, but they have since become my closest hugnart. When the dear old boy began to froth at the mouth and turn blue I picked up the bieds of water which I had thoughtfully brought along and dumped it over his head. View all 4 comments. Much of the story has beautiful imagery, and that adds to a pleasant and quick read. This novel turned Chinese writing toward the use of personal experience and tragedy and away from a previous reliance on well-known myths and legends and stereotypical characters that had earned fiction a reputation for moral irrelevance.

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Read it Forward Read it first. The rest of the story is not so much about Ox and Li Kao determining the garry of the sickness or its cure, both of which are revealed early on, but the hijinks they get into while seeking the remedy.


Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. However, the story fell a little bit flat because it was told in the style of a myth or fable. I may have been reading Bridge brixge Birds at the wrong moment for me, as Huhhart am in a bit of a reading slump right now and finding it difficult to concentrate on the page.

Besides the grounding in Chinese history alternatively this just seemed untied and flapping in the wind — a fantasy that came unglued somewhere. Maybe, I thought, this was just his schtick.

To me it reads something like a cross between a zen koan and a Stephen Chow movie. The story keeps you on your toes, thanks in part to the unique way Hughart structures scenes.

The Story of the Stone Also published in omnibus edition: You climb the fence and cleverly elude the dogs. This is truly a book about a China that never was, and probably should have been. Books by Barry Hughart. He attended Columbia University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in In the beginning of the novel, the village of Ku-fu is stricken by a plague which kills its silkworms and sends its children between the ages of eight and thirteen into a coma.

Bridge of Birds-Spoiler Free 7 44 Nov 29, Most critics praised Bridge of Birds and appreciated its tone, although they agreed that the book started off slowly. I’ve been reading a ton of grim dark recently, Abercrombie, Weeks, Jeminsin, and Bridye was getting a little worn down with it.

In the process of searching for the cure for the children of Ku-Fu they will also uncover a year old mystery which needs to be solved for there to be any chance of ridding the village of the plague.

One-Eyed Wong did some mental addition. Although the story is told in first person, from the point of view of Number Ten Ox, you don’t get to know the characters or very much depth.

Inspired by Your Browsing History. For one, it’s a lot of fun to read.

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Aside from his above remarks, and his oft-repeated introductory phrase, I most enjoyed Li Kao for his interpretation of why Number Ten Ox and Miser Shen were devoted to Lotus Cloud but he was nughart. I should listen to you more often. Jul 12, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: When you love a book like Alice loved this one, you want to make sure everyone reads it, and she was its zealous advocate to our not-yet-enlightened clientele.


The children have accidentally been poisoned, and only The Great Root of Power year old ginseng bires arm-like appendages can save them. He was even more surprised when my birdw hands reached out. I thought the prose was beautifully lyrical. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He can read minds and control the creatures that lurk in the dark bowels of the earth.

Bridge of Birds

Gentlemen basked in the practiced admiration of sing-song girls, or tiptoed into the Alley of Four Hundred Forbidden Delights if they wanted more action. A young fellow living in ancient China has been dispatched to find help from a wise man – any wise man available for a handful of copper pennies – for the children of his village have collapsed with some type of plague affecting only those between This hilarious and charming book is probably the most fun bro-mance I’ve ever run across!

This is a diagnosis of the Duke of Ch’in that strikes me as accurate, not just of the character but of the evils he represents. Bramah’s Kai Lung stories are said to be so accurate to the actual setting and culture of China that he must have lived there at some point in his life; however, there is no evidence of that.

View all 3 comments. So go get it. As the evil Duke of Ch’in says, they’re on the right quest, but for all the wrong reasons, a cryptic statement that takes a while to make sense.