February 21, 2021 0 By admin

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 .

Author: Marg Faelar
Country: Georgia
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Love
Published (Last): 10 August 2017
Pages: 406
PDF File Size: 9.60 Mb
ePub File Size: 11.54 Mb
ISBN: 702-9-46872-569-5
Downloads: 25006
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Dilkree

Did I already mention charm?? Buckand the Chia Black Dragon trilogy by Stephen Marleyall novels written in the twentieth century that reflect on the landscape of China and include cultural aspects. Here’s my dirty literary secret: Men and women laughed and wept in open air theatres, and gamblers screamed and swore around the dice games and cricket fights.

Quotes from Bridge of Birds.

His main weakness is his fascination with Lotus Cloud, to the point of endangering his life and squandering a fortune. LitFlash The eBooks you want hugharh the lowest prices. One such was just ahead of me. I thought the prose was beautifully hkghart. Anyway, after not enjoying Who Fears DeathI was struck with a sudden … craving?

Number Ten Ox who isn’t actually an Ox, but was his parents’ 10th child, and is rather large is a peasant farmer in the titular China That Never Was. Alternative World Jan Selection. Lady Wu, whose beauty virds said to rival that of the semi-legendary Queen Feiyen, was carried into the bushes by hghart creature who had no ears or nose, and whose eyes were as yellow as his teeth.

Besides, I had been told to obey him by brry abbot, who was praying for my soul. It is a peaceful village with the usual colorful characters that you get in such a place, such as the terrible partners Pawnbroker Fang and Ma the Grub, two greedy and unscrupulous men who bbridge the economic life of the village in their hands.

The thug grabbed my begging bowl in order to hit me over the head with it. The quest led them to a host of truly memorable characters, multiple wonders, incredible adventures—and stra When the children of his village were struck with a mysterious illness, Number Ten Ox sought a wiseman to save them.


Li Kao, although he has a slight flaw in his character, says it best: After reading a number of very serious books, I really needed a novel like this! This beauty is counterbalanced by a predilection for casual violence and delightfully juvenile humor, often involving bodily fluids: He grew older, but it can scarcely be said that he grew up, because he was so frightened at the thought of death that he was willing to commit any crime, and even to lose his heart if it would keep narry from the Great Wheel of Transmigrations.

Want to Read saving…. For the last time I watched the familiar flush spread across the abbot’s face, and the familiar finger waggle in front of my nose. Although the book doesn’t shy away from humanity’s dark side, things never feel oppressively grim.

He missed a great deal of excitement. Retrieved 15 October rbidge Much of the story has beautiful imagery, and that adds to a pleasant and quick read. Hughart lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Bridge of Birds makes a nice change from the standard Western fantasy. The story keeps you on your toes, thanks in part to the unique way Hughart structures scenes. That last bit is kind of a lie, but I won’t clarify for fear of spoiling things. Along the way, they must travel terrible labyrinths, fight unimaginable monsters, battle against an immortal evil, bring peace to restless ghosts and solve the greatest mystery in the history barrg China – what happened to the Princess of Birds, beloved of the Star Shepherd, Prince of Heaven.

A picaresque tale of the most exotic dimension unfolding in the search for the holiest of holies thereafter, the two quickly find themselves in the thick of trouble as they sleuth and bumble their way from one important clue to briddge next. 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.


The quest led them to bridfe host of truly memorable characters, multiple wonders, incredible adventures—and strange coincidences which were really not coincidences at all. The ending of the book is absolute poetry. 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 in very much depth.

The Bridge of Birds

He’s really strong and the 10th child in his family. Instead, Hughart produced brds works in a bubble and then quietly departed the field, leaving something special behind him. Sep 20, LeAnne rated it it was amazing Shelves: BoB is a light-hearted Chinese fantasy that is refreshing and completely enjoyable.

Hughart never once side-stepping into info dump territory, it is instead through humor and indirect phrasing that the importance of the root comes shining through. But … you know, slight flawed character me.

Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart

I do not know barrg words that are powerful enough to do even a half-rate job of conveying just how fantastic I think this book is. What a fun ride. Number Ten Ox, the narrator, is dispatched to find a wise man who can cure the children. Number Ten Ox, the narrator, is dispatched to find a wise man who can cure the children. The characters are funny, yes, but the book was not written to make you laugh. It’s about love and justice, revenge and history.

Don’t waste a second! Read it Forward Read it first. It was delightful,” said Henpecked Ho. It’s a brjdge, and I totally intend on reading the next two books I enjoyed this one so much. Their complicated adventures bring them up against the satanic Duke of Ch’in, who guards the Great Root of Power and is all but invulnerable because his heart has been removed for safekeeping in a burglarproof casket at the bottom of a spirit-infested frozen lake.

But, oh…it should have been!