[PDF/EBOOK] Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart



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  1. says:

    Badass ingenious drunken master style exploring Asian culture rocks the bambooIt´s uniue and rare to find such individual writings and the man just wrote 4 novels I would compare him with Pratchett and I don´t know if I´ve ever done it before and it´s mainly because of the underlying subtility as there are other humoristic aut

  2. says:

    “Nothing on the face of this earth–and I do mean nothing–is half so dangerous as a children’s story that happens to be real and you and

  3. says:

    I most definitely have than a slight flaw in my character and I only liked this book did not love itTruth 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; and lots of other stuffI can abso

  4. says:

    This book is insane Insanely fun that is The humour really drives the plot forward with a gag a minute just rolling throug

  5. says:

    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 uantity 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 sure everyone reads it and she was

  6. says:

    Bridge of Birds is a charming award winning fantasy novel that follows the investigative efforts of Master Li as he strives to safe the mysteriously stricken children from the village where Number Ten Ox lives Jade plate Six Eight Fire that burns hot Night that is not Fire that burns cold First Silver then gold pg 22 ebookA beautiful blend of myth and fantasy the reader is ferried from one exotic locale to the next at

  7. says:

    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 laugh out loud moments Did I already mention charm??A young fellow living in ancient China has been dispatched to find he

  8. says:

    I can't think of a book uite 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 surreal

  9. says:

    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

  10. says:

    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 longAnyhow I wish I had made it to the end bec

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Misel kasutatud kirjanduslik geniaalsus tekitavad õhkkonna mis on samaaegselt nii naljakas kurb vapustav põnev kui ka täielikult vastupandamatu On kohti kus lugeja tunneb end kui naerupisarate merre sukelduvat kuid on ka hetki mil pisarate põhjuseks on kurbus Kõike kroonib lõpplahendus mis on ühtlasi jahmatav ning vägagi südantliigutav„Lindude sild” ei sarnane ühegi teise raamatuga Ja kui autor just oma hiirevurrudest tehtud kirjapintslit uuesti kätte ei võta siis ei ole olukorra paranemist lootag. 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 laugh out loud moments Did I already mention charmA young fellow living in ancient China has been dispatched to find help from a wise man any wise man available for a handful of copper pennies for the children of his village have collapsed with some type of plague affecting only those between the ages of 8 and 13 He must hire a sage to cure the little ones from an illness that knows how to count Number Ten Ox he is the tenth son of his father and is as strong as wellyou know can only afford a wine soaked healer called Master Li Kao As it turns out Master Li is the precise wiley criminally oriented 110 year old they need The children have accidentally been poisoned and only The Great Root of Power 1000 year old ginseng with arm like appendages can save them Now to go steal itNumber Ten Ox and Master Li set off on a series of adventures that include characters named Henpicked Ho Cut Off Their Balls Wang etc and involve trickery faked corpses and other Brer Rabbit like subterfuge The villains are over the top horrendous in uproarious ways and you ll cheer their downfalls Foodies will snicker over the detailed preparation of Porcupine Paste serve it with a gold instead of silver serving spoon and the diner will DIEIf you liked The Princess Bride you will love Bridge of Birds I highly recommend this to high school or college aged readers and anybody young at heart Fantasy is totally not my genre of choice but I applaud and understand all the wonderful awards this adventuresome book wonUpon introducing oneself we learn that it is polite to say My surname is Cantrell my personal name is LeAnne and there is a slight flaw in my character This book though is FLAWLESS Super fun The Geography of Witchcraft young fellow living in ancient China has been dispatched to find help from a wise man any wise man available for a handful of copper pennies for the children of his village have collapsed with some type of plague affecting only those between the ages of 8 and 13 He must hire a sage to cure the little ones from an illness that knows how to count Number Ten Ox he is the tenth son of his father and is as strong as wellyou know can only afford a wine soaked healer called Master Li Kao As it turns out Master Li is the precise wiley criminally oriented 110 Hold On To Me year old they need The children have accidentally been poisoned and only The Great Root of Power 1000 Copping It Sweet (Murphys Law year old ginseng with arm like appendages can save them Now to go steal itNumber Ten Ox and Master Li set off on a series of adventures that include characters named Henpicked Ho Cut Off Their Balls Wang etc and involve trickery faked corpses and other Brer Rabbit like subterfuge The villains are over the top horrendous in uproarious ways and Ill Be Yours for Christmas (Harlequin Blaze, you ll cheer their downfalls Foodies will snicker over the detailed preparation of Porcupine Paste serve it with a gold instead of silver serving spoon and the diner will DIEIf Her Babys Bodyguard (Eagle Squadron you liked The Princess Bride If Wishes Were...Daddies you will love Bridge of Birds I highly recommend this to high school or college aged readers and anybody West of Heaven young at heart Fantasy is totally not my genre of choice but I applaud and understand all the wonderful awards this adventuresome book wonUpon introducing oneself we learn that it is polite to say My surname is Cantrell my personal name is LeAnne and there is a slight flaw in my character This book though is FLAWLESS Super fun

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Ammu ammu eksisteerinud eksootilises ja maagiat täis Hiinas lähevad kaks veidrat kaaslast retkele mille eesmärgiks on leida Võimas Jõujuur Kümnes Sõnn on agar kuid üsnagi naiivne noor talupoeg Li Kao on riukalik vana teadjamees kel küljes väike viga ning nõrkus riisiviina vastu Üheskoos võtavad nad ette ohtliku rännaku et Härja kodukülas elavad lapsed surmava mürgi küüsist päästa Tee viib neid kokku nähtavate ning nähtamatute koletistega ja inimestega kelle kõrval koletised kahvatuvad mõr. Nothing on the face of this earth and I do mean nothing is half so dangerous as a children s story that happens to be real and you and I are wandering blindfolded through a myth devised by a maniac Bridge of Birds opens on a pastoral setting a remote unicorn shaped village in the peaceful valley of Cho in ancient China Narrated by Yu Lu also known as Number Ten Ox the tenth of his father s sons and as strong as an ox it begins with a promising silk season coming to an abrupt end A plague strikes the village s youth and at the same time decimates the silk harvest Number Ten Ox volunteers to run to Peking to bring a wise man back to the village Unfortunately all of the cosmopolitan wise men laugh at Ox and his mere five thousand copper all except a hung over Master Li Could this be the great Li Kao who had been elevated to the highest rank of mandarin and whose mighty head was now being used as a pillow for drunken flies After a brief restorative Master Li takes pity on Ox s plight and determines they need to make haste back to the village Poor Number Ten Ox He has never met the likes of Master Li former first place scholar among all the scholars in China a mere seventy eight years ago But he has a slight flaw in his character The abbot paused to consider his words You are a good boy and I would not like to meet the man who can surpass you in physical strength but you know very little about this wicked world the abbot said slowly To tell you the truth I am not so worried about the damage to your body as I am about the damage to your soul You see you know nothing whatsoever about men like Master Li His voice trailed off and he groped for the proper words Then he decided that it would take several years to prepare me properly What follows is along the lines of traditional folk tales and orphan adventures the uest to save the children of the village Ox as the innocent youth and Li as the wise manguide except Master Li s wisdom often comes from knowing the wicked ways of human nature and his own participation in debauchery He also seems to have read all the great tales as his solutions sound suspiciously familiar One of the first chapters is how Master Li tricks a rich miser out of enough gold to finance their trip and gets Ox a night with the young concubine to boot Their third or fourth adventure is an exceptional revenge on a selfish princess and another one a bloody mess Hughart is able to manage the delicate balance humorous violence reuires perhaps by invoking our earliest folk tales such as the one where Bluebeard keeps bodies in a locked room or the version of Little Red where the huntsman hacks open the wolf to free her and grandma Horrific but so clearly symbolic so clearly not realTheir adventures take them throughout China and from one frying pan to another There s ghosts dungeons a tricksy duo an evil duke a labyrinth an enormously rich man a tower treasure fond friends a torture chamber redemption gods and there s even a little kissing If it lacks the ROUS it makes up for it with an invisible hand The supernatural can be very annoying until one finds the key that transforms it into science he observed mildly I m probably imagining complications that don t exist Come on Ox let s go out and get killed Writing is lovely and contains a satisfactory balance of description and action Gentle humor abounds There s a motif where Li and Ox are certain they are going to die and share hopes of what they will be reborn as on the Great Wheel Li prefers the three toed sloth Ox a cloud Later a third company member adds another angle to their bucolic reincarnation But Master Li is clearly the cynic of the bunch and his comments usually provide comic relief Well it s an idea and even a bad idea is better than none said Master Li Error can point the way to truth while empty headedness can only lead to empty headedness or to a career in politics It s silly sweet subversive and really clever Ox s youthful innocence is charming and believable and while Master Li knows much he is clearly puzzling his way through the uest as well The end was a lovely synthesis satisfying both emotionally and in plotting both immediate and symbolic Barry Hughart clearly has a flaw in his character The world needs Master Li O great and might Master Li pray impart to me the Secret of Wisdom he bawled To my great credit I never batted an eyelash Take a large bowl I said Fill it with eual measure of fact fantasy history mythology science superstition logic and lunacy 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 Procopius stared at me And I will be wise he asked Better I said You will be Chinese Daddy By Choice you and I are wandering blindfolded through a myth devised by a maniac Bridge of Birds opens on a pastoral setting a remote unicorn shaped village in the peaceful valley of Cho in ancient China Narrated by Yu Lu also known as Number Ten Ox the tenth of his father s sons and as strong as an ox it begins with a promising silk season coming to an abrupt end A plague strikes the village s Stealing Kisses youth and at the same time decimates the silk harvest Number Ten Ox volunteers to run to Peking to bring a wise man back to the village Unfortunately all of the cosmopolitan wise men laugh at Ox and his mere five thousand copper all except a hung over Master Li Could this be the great Li Kao who had been elevated to the highest rank of mandarin and whose mighty head was now being used as a pillow for drunken flies After a brief restorative Master Li takes pity on Ox s plight and determines they need to make haste back to the village Poor Number Ten Ox He has never met the likes of Master Li former first place scholar among all the scholars in China a mere seventy eight One Breathless Night / Insatiable years ago But he has a slight flaw in his character The abbot paused to consider his words You are a good boy and I would not like to meet the man who can surpass Old Flame, New Sparks you in physical strength but Lone Star Baby Bombshell you know very little about this wicked world the abbot said slowly To tell Lullabies and Lies you the truth I am not so worried about the damage to One Night In New York your body as I am about the damage to A Night to Remember your soul You see An Earl to Save Her Reputation you know nothing whatsoever about men like Master Li His voice trailed off and he groped for the proper words Then he decided that it would take several On Fire years to prepare me properly What follows is along the lines of traditional folk tales and orphan adventures the uest to save the children of the village Ox as the innocent The Doctor Takes a Princess youth and Li as the wise manguide except Master Li s wisdom often comes from knowing the wicked ways of human nature and his own participation in debauchery He also seems to have read all the great tales as his solutions sound suspiciously familiar One of the first chapters is how Master Li tricks a rich miser out of enough gold to finance their trip and gets Ox a night with the Rescued by the Viking young concubine to boot Their third or fourth adventure is an exceptional revenge on a selfish princess and another one a bloody mess Hughart is able to manage the delicate balance humorous violence reuires perhaps by invoking our earliest folk tales such as the one where Bluebeard keeps bodies in a locked room or the version of Little Red where the huntsman hacks open the wolf to free her and grandma Horrific but so clearly symbolic so clearly not realTheir adventures take them throughout China and from one frying pan to another There s ghosts dungeons a tricksy duo an evil duke a labyrinth an enormously rich man a tower treasure fond friends a torture chamber redemption gods and there s even a little kissing If it lacks the ROUS it makes up for it with an invisible hand The supernatural can be very annoying until one finds the key that transforms it into science he observed mildly I m probably imagining complications that don t exist Come on Ox let s go out and get killed Writing is lovely and contains a satisfactory balance of description and action Gentle humor abounds There s a motif where Li and Ox are certain they are going to die and share hopes of what they will be reborn as on the Great Wheel Li prefers the three toed sloth Ox a cloud Later a third company member adds another angle to their bucolic reincarnation But Master Li is clearly the cynic of the bunch and his comments usually provide comic relief Well it s an idea and even a bad idea is better than none said Master Li Error can point the way to truth while empty headedness can only lead to empty headedness or to a career in politics It s silly sweet subversive and really clever Ox s The Australians Society Bride youthful innocence is charming and believable and while Master Li knows much he is clearly puzzling his way through the uest as well The end was a lovely synthesis satisfying both emotionally and in plotting both immediate and symbolic Barry Hughart clearly has a flaw in his character The world needs Master Li O great and might Master Li pray impart to me the Secret of Wisdom he bawled To my great credit I never batted an eyelash Take a large bowl I said Fill it with eual measure of fact fantasy history mythology science superstition logic and lunacy Darken the mixture with bitter tears brighten it with howls of laughter toss in three thousand Master of Maramba years of civilization bellow kan pei which means dry cup and drink to the dregs Procopius stared at me And I will be wise he asked Better I said You will be Chinese

review Þ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ð Barry Hughart

Varliku matriarhi ajaloo julmima hertsogi Tasapisi tuleb arusaamine et enne oma ülesande täitmist peavad nad lahendama ühe jahmatava mõistatuse mille algus on tuhat aastat enne nende mõlema sündiÜhendades vanahiina ajaloo ja erinevate perioodide vältel valitsenud kommete raames fantaasia ning folkloori on autor loonud haruldase ning imekauni teose mis annab Lääne lugejatele võimaluse näha maailma läbi iidsete idamaalaste silmade „Linnusild” kujutab endast meistritööd – jutt ise ning selle loo. 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 uantity 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 sure everyone reads it and she was its zealous advocate to our not yet enlightened clientele It was the sort of book that disappoints you when you have to leave it at the end like being exiled from a wondrous frightening invigorating fantasyland What hurt all the was the comparative rarity of Hughart s two followups The Story of the Stone and Eight Skilled Gentlemen which were only extant in book club and small run softcover editions respectively These three stand as Hughart s only novels to date which is simultaneously a damn shame and a relief You never want to see an author you love decline and it seems authors inevitably do Instead Hughart produced three works in a bubble and then uietly departed the field leaving something special behind himI note for the sake of completeness that The Stars Our Destination also published an omnibus edition of the complete trilogy with Barry Hughart s blessing Whether those are easier to find than the originals I can t say The Prince of Pleasure (The Wilde Brothers, you love a book like Alice loved this one Hers to Protect you want to make sure everyone reads it and she was its zealous advocate to our not Her Small-Town Hero yet enlightened clientele It was the sort of book that disappoints Red Tail (Travis Trilogy you when Promises in Tumble Creek you have to leave it at the end like being exiled from a wondrous frightening invigorating fantasyland What hurt all the was the comparative rarity of Hughart s two followups The Story of the Stone and Eight Skilled Gentlemen which were only extant in book club and small run softcover editions respectively These three stand as Hughart s only novels to date which is simultaneously a damn shame and a relief You never want to see an author Mischief and Marriage you love decline and it seems authors inevitably do Instead Hughart produced three works in a bubble and then uietly departed the field leaving something special behind himI note for the sake of completeness that The Stars Our Destination also published an omnibus edition of the complete trilogy with Barry Hughart s blessing Whether those are easier to find than the originals I can t say