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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Master Li and Number Ten Ox go on increasingly dangerous adventures in the hopes of saving the children of Ox’s town. He did, however, borrow the trope of the shady character who really has a heart of gold and who uses his criminal talents for a good cause.

It’s not often that you read a book and it immediately jumps up into your “Best Books Ever” list. Retrieved 22 October But why believe me? You may console youself with the thought the most expensive woman in the world is likely to be the most beautiful” “Master Li, I shall do my duty,” I said bravely.

On this, your nineteenth birthday, I present you with a begging bowl, the robe of a mendicant, and a warning.

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He must hire a sage to cure the little ones from an illness that ‘knows how to count. Return to Book Page. To me it reads something like a cross between a zen koan and a Stephen Chow movie. In the beginning of the novel, the village of Ku-fu is stricken by a plague which kills its silkworms and sends its children if the ages of eight and thirteen into a coma.


Together, Ox and Li Kao must travel the length and breadth of China to find the Great Root – a ginseng root that was kept by the mythical Princess of Birds, and whose healing properties are all that stand between the children of Ku-Fu and certain death.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A picaresque tale of the most exotic dimension unfolding in the search brids 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 the next.

It got lost on my ever-growing to read list, until the club decided to make the February pick. What is more, these details come back to bqrry a part in the larger story. Apr 12, Pages Buy. His quest takes him to have multiple quarrels with the savage Duke of Ch’in who will do anything in his power to stop Li Kao from succeeding from finding a secret truth hidden inside the quest for the trinkets.

Fuck you Barry Hughart. For some reason Doyle’s particular brand of stuffy didn’t connect. Back at the village of Ku-Fu, the children are cured.

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 him from the Great Wheel of Transmigrations. Besides, I had been told to obey him by the abbot, who was praying for my soul. 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 W Writing a review of Bridge of Birds is a challenge that I admit to not being up to.


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A few chapters later we get this: This book lives up to the hype. I may have been reading Bridge of Birds at the wrong bargy for me, as I am in a bit of a reading slump right now and finding it difficult to concentrate on the page. After reading a number of very serious books, I really needed hughaet novel like this! They also meet Key Rabbit, who is married to Lotus Cloud.

The fact is, every woman with any agency in this book is portrayed as a wicked harridan who deserves to be put into the woodchipper, and every other female character is a damsel in distress or other object to be moved about by the male characters, who are the only people allowed to act on their own. He falls in very easily with all of the schemes of Li Kao. brldge

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The villains are over the top horrendous in uproarious ways, and you’ll cheer their downfalls. Maybe, I thought, this was bjrds his schtick.

Hughart spent time living in the Far East and gained a healthy respect for its long and often unbelievable history and culture. Having greater presence, however, is knowledge of Chinese literature, poetry, philosophy and fiction. Stop reading this review and go read the book.