Bridge of Birds (The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, #1) by Barry Hughart

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Read Bridge of Birds (The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, #1) Online Free - When the children of his village were struck with a mysterious illness, Number Ten Ox sought a wiseman to save them. He found master Li Kao, a scholar with a slight flaw in his character. Together, they set out to find the Great Root of Power, the only possible cure.

The quest led them to a host of truly memorable characters, multiple wonders, incredible adventures—and strange coincidences, which were really not coincidences at all. And it involved them in an ancient crime that still perturbed the serenity of Heaven. Simply and charmingly told, this is a wry tale, a sly tale, and a story of wisdom delightfully askew. Once read, its marvels and beauty will not easily fade from the mind.

The author claims that this is a novel of an ancient China that never was. But, oh…it should have been!

Title : Bridge of Birds (The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox, #1)
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ISBN : 0345321383
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 278 pages


Lyn rated it ★★★☆☆

January 12, 2018

I most definitely have more than a slight flaw in my character, and I only liked this book, did not love it. Truth be told, it is a simply, elegantly written account of an oddly alternate history of China – describing the journey of Master Li and Number Ten Ox in dealing with a mysterious disease;...

Carol. rated it ★★★★★

September 22, 2015

I'm stopping by to rate this beauty of a book. First, because it's clever, humorous and a welcome counterpoint to the general sourness that is GR these days. Second, because although it is relatively unknown, it should probably rank up near Princess Bride in adult folk-tale charm. Third, because...

David Sven rated it ★★★★☆

February 09, 2013

This book is insane! Insanely fun that is. The humour really drives the plot forward with a gag a minute just rolling through one on top of the other. It was hilarious. Set in Medieval China, the children of the village of Ku-Fu have been struck with a plague and pure hearted Number Ten Ox has be...

David rated it ★★★★★

August 07, 2012

When I moonlighted at the late, lamented "The Stars Our Destination" between about 1996 and 2000, this was one of two books Alice Bentley stocked in vast quantity at deeply-discounted prices (the other being the store's namesake). When you love a book like Alice loved this one, you want to make s...

Michael rated it ★★★★★

October 29, 2007

I can't think of a book quite like this. BoB is a light-hearted Chinese fantasy that is refreshing and completely enjoyable. Hughart makes the folktales and legends of ancient China seem utterly commonplace and this lends to the surreality of the story. After reading a number of very serious book...

LeAnne rated it ★★★★★

September 20, 2017

This hilarious and charming book is probably the most fun bro-mance I've ever run across! It gets five stars from me as a fable.. similar to Big Fish or The Princess Bride in tone, but with way more laugh out loud moments. Did I already mention charm?? A young fellow living in ancient China has be...

Ben rated it ★★★★★

November 25, 2017

Second review: November 2017 Gosh, has it really been 7 years—nearly 8?—since I read this? Feels like no time at all. Anyway, after not enjoying Who Fears Death, I was struck with a sudden … craving (?) for this book. Just an urge to re-read it. I can’t explain why. I just knew it would help. And it...

Veronica rated it ★★★★☆

February 15, 2013

I feel bad. I finished this book two days after we recorded the episode of Sword and Laser where we wrap it up (first time I haven't finished a book for the audio show). I blame Outlander for being too long. Anyhow, I wish I had made it to the end, because coming away from the book now I feel much...

Steve rated it ★★★★★

July 27, 2012

Writing a review of Bridge of Birds is a challenge that I admit to not being up to. I do not know of words that are powerful enough to do even a half-rate job of conveying just how fantastic I think this book is. Nevertheless, I shall attempt it, as the most important thing in the entire world ri...

Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it ★★★★☆

February 17, 2013

This was the February pick for the Sword and Laser, and I'm glad I read it. It feels more like a translation of a Chinese mythological tale than a novel written by a guy named Barry in 1984. That's a good thing, in my opinion. It has a lot of the humor found in bizarre characters and nonsensical...

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