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Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was [Mass Market Paperback]

Barry Hughart
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April 12 1985
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, the only possible cure, and together they discover adventure and legend, and the power of belief....

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Bridge of Birds is a lyrical fantasy novel. Set in "an Ancient China that never was", it stands with The Princess Bride and The Last Unicorn as a fairy tale for all ages, by turns incredibly funny and deeply touching. It won the World Fantasy Award in 1985, and Hughart produced two sequels: The Story of the Stone, and Eight Skilled Gentlemen. All present the adventures of Master Kao Li, a scholar with "a slight flaw in [his] character", and Lu Yu, usually called Number Ten Ox, his sidekick and the story's narrator. Number Ten Ox is strong, trusting, and pure of heart; Master Li once sold an emperor shares in a mustard mine, because "I was trying to win a bet concerning the intelligence of emperors."

Number Ten Ox comes from a village in which the children have been struck by a mysterious illness. He recruits Master Li to find the cure and comes along to provide muscle. They seek a mysterious Great Root of Power, which may be a form of ginseng. Of course, nothing turns out to be as simple as it seems; great wrongs must be avenged and lovers separated must be reunited, from the most humble to the highest. And even in the midst of cosmic glory, Pawnbroker Fang and Ma the Grub are picking the pockets of their own lynch mob, who are frozen in awe and wonder. --Nona Vero


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5.0 out of 5 stars Pow! Hits you between the eyes. June 23 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When a crazy scheme to rob Chinese peasants of their silk harvest leaves the village children poisoned, Lu Yu, known as Number Ten Ox sets off on a journey to find a cure. Most of the wise men in Peking refuse to help him for what the village can afford, but one sage, Li Kao, agrees to help. Li Kao recognizes the problem but the cure is a different matter--and sets Ten Ox and Li Kao in an epic journey that pits them against monsters, a money-hungry Duke, and an ancient legend of Ginsen and Gods.
BRIDGE OF BIRDS was author Barry Hughart's first novel and it does start a bit slowly. Once it gets going, however, it becomes a fascinating adventure, a humorous story, and a thoughtful look at humanity and human obsession. It took me days to get through this book, not because it isn't interesting, but because it is so full. It took me a bit of recovery time to launch myself into the next adventure. By the way, there's also a bit of a mystery. See if you can figure it out before Li Kao and Ten Ox.
Hughart creates a different kind of fantasy. The protagonists aren't powerful warriors, but a peasant and an alcoholic sage. Their quest doesn't start out as saving the world from evil, but saving some children from the evil acts of a couple of misers. But the book's subtle power sucked me in, made me care about the characters and the story, and made me think that I was actually seeing something about the world for the first time.
Too heavy? Okay, the book is also a laugh. It's a series of unfortunate events in an adult style. I like this book a lot.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bridge of Bored June 17 2004
Format:Hardcover
Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart is a modestly entertaining novel, by turns amusing and dull as a textbook. With the author's tendency to grossly underplay certain story elements, it is simultaneously simplistic and confounding. I suppose an optimist could look at these traits and say to himself, "This is a book that works on manylevels." Being a pessimist, I'm afraid I fall under the, "This is a book that can't decide what it wants to be."
Ostensibly this is a book about Lu Yu, nicknamed Number Ten Ox, who travels from his rural town to the big city to engage a wise man to return with him and cure the village's children of a deadly sleeping sickness (fortunately the sickness is not so deadly that the heros cannot fart around for a year or so before actually helping the sick children). The only wise man willing to work for the paltry sum offered by Number 10 Ox is Li Kao, a twinkly-eyed old drunk who has the perplexing ability to con anyone out of vast sums of money (putting into question his insistence on sleeping on the floor in a dirty old tenement in the first place). The cure takes the two on a romp through a mythical old China peopled with the kind of moronic rubes found in all fairy tales - those greedy and stupid enough to hand over their money just because someone tells them they'll be receiving some magic beans and a donkey that poops gold coins.
Hughart stretches this hoary old chestnut within an inch of its elasticity as Master Li and Ox wander from city to city collecting bits of the Great Root of Power in order to effect the cure. But at times it appears that the only real purpose in doing all this traveling is to get Number 10 Ox laid, for he winds up in bed with a woman in every town.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bridge of Bored June 17 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart is a modestly entertaining novel, by turns amusing and dull as a textbook. With the author's tendency to grossly underplay certain story elements, it is simultaneously simplistic and confounding. I suppose an optimist could look at these traits and say to himself, "This is a book that works on manylevels." Being a pessimist, I'm afraid I fall under the, "This is a book that can't decide what it wants to be."
Ostensibly this is a book about Lu Yu, nicknamed Number Ten Ox, who travels from his rural town to the big city to engage a wise man to return with him and cure the village's children of a deadly sleeping sickness (fortunately the sickness is not so deadly that the heros cannot fart around for a year or so before actually helping the sick children). The only wise man willing to work for the paltry sum offered by Number 10 Ox is Li Kao, a twinkly-eyed old drunk who has the perplexing ability to con anyone out of vast sums of money (putting into question his insistence on sleeping on the floor in a dirty old tenement in the first place). The cure takes the two on a romp through a mythical old China peopled with the kind of moronic rubes found in all fairy tales - those greedy and stupid enough to hand over their money just because someone tells them they'll be receiving some magic beans and a donkey that poops gold coins.
Hughart stretches this hoary old chestnut within an inch of its elasticity as Master Li and Ox wander from city to city collecting bits of the Great Root of Power in order to effect the cure. But at times it appears that the only real purpose in doing all this traveling is to get Number 10 Ox laid, for he winds up in bed with a woman in every town. I expect this was meant to be amusing, but eventually became merely tedious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly unique
The mix of ancient Chinese culture and ways of thinking come through in a fascinating way. So very enjoyable a read. I couldn't put it down.
Published 10 months ago by Cameron Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars So Many Readers, So Little Comprehension
I go all over the Internet looking at reviews of this book. (Yeah, I do happen to have way too much time on my hands. Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by Jim-bob Furlbottom
3.0 out of 5 stars Humorous and Entertaining
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Reviewed by Randy Farnsworth, author of "A Stand Yet Taken".
This was a very fun book to read. Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by Lon Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Admittedly, I picked this book up because I liked the cover. I had never heard of it, or Barry Hughart before, but I proceeded to read it within a couple months and I was very... Read more
Published on May 15 2004 by Kaila
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Fantastic
Much thanks to the many Amazon.com devotees who pointed the way for me to find this gem. I surely wouldn't have found it otherwise. Read more
Published on May 15 2004 by Brkat
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Different Kind of Fantasy
One of my friends raved about BRIDGE OF BIRDS. She kept telling me I had to read it, but I kept putting it off as fantasy is not really my cup of tea. Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2004 by Totally Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cool book. It contains more depth than expected.
I have read this book this winter break. I tried to read it a year ago and it seemed kind of childish and boring, however, as I started reading more I realized how mistaken I was... Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2004 by Mr.Chunky Monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars A very pleasant surprise indeed
This is a wonderful and little-known novel. I had never heard of Barry Hughart until I picked up this book, and I would have never bought the book except for the fact there were... Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2004 by R. Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars Why is this book not famous?
I read this book, first to myself, then aloud over a period of many nights to my wife, and I can't for the life of me figure out why it's such a well-kept secret. Read more
Published on Dec 9 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
"My family name is Li and my given name is Kao and there is a slight flaw in my character." Thus does Master Li, who lives under the sign of the half-closed eye,... Read more
Published on Dec 6 2003 by Michael Weber
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