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Read Bridge of Birds Read ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ´ Barry Hughart Barry Hughart ´ 9 characters 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. This book is insane Insanely fun that is The humour really drives the plot forward with a gag a minute just rolling through one on top of the other It was hilarious Set in Medieval China the children of the village of Ku Fu have been struck with a plague and pure hearted Number Ten Ox has been sent to find a wise man for help We need a wise man who can tell us how a plague can learn to count Enter Master Li who repeatedly during the story introduces himself as My surname is Li and my personal name is Kao and there is a slight flaw in my character We could go ahead and try to guess what exactly Master Li s personal flaw is but really we can have a few good guesses as both Master Li and Number Ten Ox embark on a uest that sees them lying stealing cheating and swindling their way across China all in the name of the poor plague ridden children of Ku Fu There are really no depths our two heroes will not stoop to or rather Master Li will stoop to in the name of the greater good whether it be convincing a merchant to buy a gold shitting goat or bartering an ear that gives the children of one s enemies leprosy In the process of searching for the cure for the children of Ku Fu they will also uncover a 1000 year old mystery which needs to be solved for there to be any chance of ridding the village of the plague On their way they will come across many interesting characters with the most elegant names like Pretty Ping or Fainting Maid or Lotus Cloud and my personal favourite Cut Off Their Balls WangThe humour had my family members raising their eyebrows as I sat shaking with mirth For instance do you know how a gravedigger avoids burying his shadow The obvious answer would seem that you can t bury your shadow But Pawnbroker Feng and Ma the Grub have a sensible solution Careful with that shovel yelped Ma the Grub leaping back in fear You almost trapped my shadow inside the grave Why don t you tie your shadow to your body with a cord like a sensible person Pawnbroker Fang grumbledAs you may have guessed by now the tone is rather light hearted throughout But one should not expect that this is therefore a light easy brainless read You need to pay attention The book employs an economy of words that sees the most insignificant detail as important for advancing the plot from encounter to encounter following it s own convoluted internal logic What is these details come back to play a part in the larger story As zany as the story appears you can actually solve the 1000 year old mystery if you ask the right uestions and pay attention to the dialogue I did not guess the ending because I was totally distracted from how important certain clues were But they were there and I was kicking myself for discarding them So I guess a reread is in order at some stageAnyway I enjoyed the book and my advice for other readers is don t read when you are tired You will enjoy the humour and the story a lot while alert4 stars

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Read Bridge of Birds Read ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ´ Barry Hughart Barry Hughart ´ 9 characters 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. 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 as the most important thing in the entire world right now is that I convince everyone to read this bookNumber 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 Was During the annual harvesting of silk many children in his village fall sick with a plague 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 It should be noted that he proclaims this for this first time as Number Ten Ox finds Li Kao coming to from a drunken stupor and demanding wineThus begins one of the greatest adventure stories I have ever read Comparable to some of Neil Gaiman s best or to The Princess Bride Bridge of Birds starts with a simple medical mystery and escalates rapidly This escalation is particularly joyous for the reader to experience as it occurs through the wide eyed point of view of Number Ten Ox who has essentially never left his tiny village before he finds himself in large cities the estates of nobility isolated monasteries and witnessing and participating in unimaginable events all in the hopes of curing the children of his village That last bit is kind of a lie but I won t clarify for fear of spoiling thingsDelightful and dastardly characters pop in and out providing aid willingly or unwilling or hindrance usually this part is willing to the let s say heroic duo s uest Henpecked Ho Miser Shen The Ancestress Lotus Cloud The Key Rabbit Pawnbroker Fang and Ma the Grub Bright Star Fainting Maid The names of the characters are already so full of the special charm that pervades this book that I don t even want to tell you any about themReally the charm is a large part of what makes this book so special So rather than trying to come up with words powerful enough to make you read this book I ll just leave you with words that I ve lifted straight out of itHis hands shot out a blade glinted blood spurted and he calmly dropped the thug s earring into his pocket along with the ear that was attached to it My surname is Li and my personal name is Kao and there is a slight flaw in my character he said with a polite bow This is my esteemed client Number Ten Ox who is about to strike you over the head with a blunt objectI wasn t uite sure what a blunt object was but I was spared the embarrassment of asking when the thug sat down at a table and began to cryI d do it myself if I were ninety but it appears that Lotus Cloud will be your department You may console youself with the thought the most expensive woman in the world is likely to be the most beautifulMaster Li I shall do my duty I said bravelyAny last words asked the sergeant at armsI was only Number Ten Ox so I lifted my head to redacted I hope I splatted blood all over you you son of a sow I yelled Oddly enough I felt much better and I stopped gagging at the thick sweet smell of bloodWe gazed down a hundred feet of sheer cliff at an angry sea where waves smashed against jagged rocks that lifted through the foam like teeth There was one small calm pool almost directly beneath us but for all I knew it was six inches deepMy life has been rather hectic and I could use a long rest Master Li sighed When I get to Hell to be judged I intend to ask the Yama Kings to let me be reborn as a three toed sloth Do you have any preferenceI thought about it A cloud I said shylyI perched on the edge and took aimFarewell slothFarewell cloudI held my nose and jumpedthings going on right now for future reference 2012 Olympic Games Economic Woes Kim Jong Un just got married Twilight chick cheated on Twilight dude Ongoing campaigning for 2012 American presidential election Scientists tentatively believe they have a cure for AIDS Chick Fil A hates gay people I have some food stuck in my teeth and the Seattle Sounders just signed a new midfielder

Read ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ´ Barry Hughart

Read Bridge of Birds Read ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ´ Barry Hughart Barry Hughart ´ 9 characters 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


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    Read ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ´ Barry Hughart Barry Hughart ´ 9 characters Read Bridge of Birds 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 au

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    PDF/EPUB Bridge of Birds “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 a

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    Read Bridge of Birds Barry Hughart ´ 9 characters Read ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ´ Barry Hughart 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 eleg

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    PDF/EPUB Bridge of Birds Read ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ´ Barry Hughart This book is insane Insanely fun that is The humour really drives the plot forward with a gag a minute just rolling through one on top of the other It was hilarious Set in Medieval China the children of the village of Ku Fu have been struck

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    PDF/EPUB Bridge of Birds Barry Hughart ´ 9 characters Read ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ´ Barry Hughart 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

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    PDF/EPUB Bridge of Birds 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 the side

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    Barry Hughart ´ 9 characters PDF/EPUB Bridge of Birds 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 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 t

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    Barry Hughart ´ 9 characters PDF/EPUB Bridge of Birds 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 surreality of the story After reading a number of very serious books I really needed a novel like this

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    PDF/EPUB Bridge of Birds 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

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    PDF/EPUB Bridge of Birds 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 because coming away from the book now I feel much differently than I did at the 75% mark If felt like the silliness that was almost a distraction for me came together in the end in a really b

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