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Bridge of Birds (1984)

de Barry Hughart

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Sèrie: Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox (1)

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Number Ten Ox brings Master Li Kao back to his village of Ku-fu to find the cure for a mysterious sleeping plague that has struck the villagers' children.
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"It's yours for a song," said Master Li. "In this case a song means a large purse of fake gold coins, two elegant suits of clothes, the temporary use of a palatial palanquin and suitably attired bearers, a cart of garbage, and a goat."
One-Eyed Wong did some mental addition.
"No goat."

And to think I had never even heard of this book until a couple of weeks ago! Such a wonderful book as this is a true joy to find. Bridge of Birds is simultaneously wry, wise, earthy, hilarious, subversive, and full of human warmth; it would have been on my favorites list for ages had I known to read it years ago. Fantasy, fable, folk tale, ripping yarn, or what have you: it's all these and a bit more. If anything, I was struck by the acts and thoughts of kindness throughout. It is, in a way, about working to find joy, after all.

Read it if you can. ( )
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So I read this a long time ago, and I mostly didn't remember it. I finally found a copy, and on a re-read, I found an amazing book set in a fictional China. When all the children in Number Ten Ox's Village end up in a deep sleep, the village elders task him with finding a master scholar who can help, Unfortunately (or fortunately), Ten Ox finds Li Kao, a Master with a slight flaw. What the flaw is.... I'll leave it up to you to figure out.

Where the story really shines is the way mythology and common sense/trickery are merged together, into something that's half con-job story, half fairy tale.The fairy tale is weaved in gracefully, and I'm not entirely sure its a common tale in China, or if the author took it from a European story.

The story is incredibly well written, and is always solidly grounded. When magic does happen its surprising, but adds to the mystique of this world. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Dec 20, 2021 |
I enjoyed the book and I think any fans of Terry Pratchett will also enjoy it. The two main character's are funny and interesting, Number Ten Ox the narrator of the story and Li Kao a drunken wiseman and ancient scholar with a "slight flaw in his character" try to save the children of Ten Ox's village from a strange plague that has befallen them. They must travel all over China in search of a cure and defeat all manner of puzzles and monsters. ( )
  kevn57 | Dec 8, 2021 |
(see copy 2) ( )
  librisissimo | Sep 29, 2021 |
(see copy 2) ( )
  librisissimo | Sep 29, 2021 |
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"This is a very funny book, and in Number Ten Ox we have a narrator whose ingenious outlook lends reality to the most fantastic of adventures..."
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prolepsis (prō lep' sis), n., pl. -ses (-sēz). 1. Rhet. the anticipation of possible objections in order to answer them in advance. 2. the assigning of a person, event, etc. to a period earlier than the actual one.
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Maou Tsaou. A scholar not succeeding and giving himself over to liquor.

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My surname is Lu and my personal name is Yu, but I am not to be confused with the eminent author of The Classic of Tea.
"Take a large bowl, fill it with equal measures 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 civilisation, bellow 'kan pei' - which means 'dry cup' - and drink to the dregs."

Procopius stared at me. "And I will be wise?" he asked.

"Better, you will be Chinese."
"My surname is Li and my personal name is Kao, and there is a slight flaw in my character."
"Immortality is only for the gods," he whispered. "I wonder how they can stand it."
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