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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And with those comforting words the abbot tottered back into the monastery for a medical examination and I skipped blithely out into the great land of China to make my fortune. If felt like the silliness that was almost a distraction for me came together in the end in a really beautiful and meaningful way.

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This hughaart is full of hilarious quotes that you’ll have to read to understand and appreciate, but these ones stood out to be as particularly poignant: Return to Book Page. You will be called, and when you are called you must follow, no matter how difficult and dangerous the path may be.

And so it goes. As the evil Duke of Ch’in hughrat, they’re on the right quest, but for all the wrong reasons, a cryptic statement that takes a while to make sense. Although Bridge of Birds has a happy ending, with the heroes vanquishing the villain and freeing the damsel in distress, there’s a sinister sense that they got off easy and that more was at stake than was ever apparent.

After surviving hhughart Duke of Ch’in’s deadly games that consisted of labyrinths and terrible monsters, they succeed in gathering different parts of the Ginseng. Bridge of Birds-Spoiler Free. The breeze was also full of messages, of course: Ox comes from an idyllic farming village that’s been struck by a plague, and when local wisdom runs dry, he’s dispatched to find help in the city.


At the climax of the book we learn that the story is actually a secret history of the Qixi festival. One-Eyed Wong and Fat Fu play only a tiny role in this account, but they have since become my closest friends.

I blame Outlander for being too long. Cat is suddenly flying through the air? Hughart was educated at Phillips Academy Andover. Retrieved 15 October I may have been reading Bridge of Birds at the wrong moment for me, as I am in a bit of My surname is Li and my personal name is Kao, and there is a slight flaw in my character.

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Her luscious lips parted. Aug 28, Stephen rated it liked it Shelves: Bridge of Birds has been compared to the literary genre of chinoiseriea synonym for “orientalist” which can refer to the genre of China-based stories and is also used describe decorative art forms. He is difficult to defeat and has everything planned to make himself immortal.

Li has been consulted to cure the children from his village who are comatose after a silkworm incident, and they go on a quest for a legendary root. Once read, its marvels and beauty will not easily fade from the mind. What a fun ride.

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Lu Yu aka Number Ten Ox is the narrator of this book. The author invokes mythology, history and superstition, and infuses them into the affairs of a small Chinese village. I think brds is a really, really good book that I want everyone else to read. Journey to the Westby Wu Cheng’ena quest story like Bridge of Birdstells a tale of a long pilgrimage from China to India in search of enlightenment.

He departs to go to Peking to find a wise man to help cure the children, but the only wise man he can afford is Li Kao, who proudly proclaims to have a “slight flaw in his character”. As zany as the story appears, you can actually solve bgidge year old mystery if you ask the right questions and pay attention to the dialogue.

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It’s a trilogy, and I totally intend on reading the next two books I enjoyed birvs one so much. As the ending of the story reveals, it’s impossible to understand the quest for the Great Root of Power without understanding the Duke of Ch’in and why he must be deposed.


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Hughart has briidge talent to make birrs reader laugh on one hand and then pages later make the reader weep as he is telling the story of the weeping maiden or Master Shen.

Bridge of Birds has an controling quest, but it is told in three parts, each part forming part of the quest. It’s only about pages, so it makes for a quick read once you get into it. Master Bbridge “slight flaw” in his character prevented him from attaining the innocence of these other two, and thus prevented him from seeing Lotus Cloud’s hidden godly nature. This book then tells the story of how a pair of adventurers helped the cowherd reunite with the goddess — but Hughart genderflips the whole thing so the cowherd is a peasant girl and the goddess is a divine shepherd.

Hughart makes the folktales and legends of ancient China seem utterly commonplace and this lends to the surreality of the story. But why believe me? We are experiencing technical difficulties.

His longevity has made him a more perverted, corrupted, and more cowardly bridte than he was hughaft his youth. Darken the mixture with bitter tears, brighten it with howls of laughter, toss in three thousand years of civilization, bellow kan pei— which means ‘dry cup’—and drink to the dregs. The Journey to the West. Fantasy is totally not my genre of choice, but I applaud and understand all the wonderful awards this adventuresome book won.

There are numerous allusions to actual Chinese cultural practices and events in Bridge of Birdsincluding the following:.