- Taschenbuch: 288 Seiten
- Verlag: Del Rey (12. April 1985)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0345321383
- ISBN-13: 978-0345321381
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 11,2 x 2,5 x 18,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 75 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 65.535 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 12. April 1985
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Bridge of Birds is a lyrical fantasy novel. Set in "an Ancient China that never was", it stands with The Princess Bride and The Last Unicorn as a fairy tale for all ages, by turns incredibly funny and deeply touching. It won the World Fantasy Award in 1985, and Hughart produced two sequels: The Story of the Stone, and Eight Skilled Gentlemen. All present the adventures of Master Kao Li, a scholar with "a slight flaw in [his] character", and Lu Yu, usually called Number Ten Ox, his sidekick and the story's narrator. Number Ten Ox is strong, trusting, and pure of heart; Master Li once sold an emperor shares in a mustard mine, because "I was trying to win a bet concerning the intelligence of emperors."
Number Ten Ox comes from a village in which the children have been struck by a mysterious illness. He recruits Master Li to find the cure and comes along to provide muscle. They seek a mysterious Great Root of Power, which may be a form of ginseng. Of course, nothing turns out to be as simple as it seems; great wrongs must be avenged and lovers separated must be reunited, from the most humble to the highest. And even in the midst of cosmic glory, Pawnbroker Fang and Ma the Grub are picking the pockets of their own lynch mob, who are frozen in awe and wonder. --Nona Vero
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.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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More details would be superfluous, for there is simply no substitute for reading this book. The culture and characters described here are fully realized (writers of doorstop-sized fantasy novels, such as Robert Jordan, could take object lessons from Hughart in how to tell a large story succinctly), and the overall atmosphere that this novel achieves is that of the finest kind of fable, although I would not necessarily recommend it for young children. Hughart spices his narrative throughout with a liberal dose of humor; I found myself laughing aloud many times as I read along. If there is a flaw to be found here, I failed to see it. This is as good as fantasy gets--one of the few novels that merits the adjective "magical."
Hughart's tale of a quest to find a cure surpasses anything in the fantasy genre. A group of village children, limited in age range, has been struck down by a plague. "How can a plague count?" asks the local abbot. The children aren't dead, but in a coma. Perhaps a knowledgeable man would know of a cure. Lu Yu, "Number Ten Ox", the strong tenth son of a peasant, is sent to find such a sage. He turns up Li Kao, a venerable sage "with a slight flaw in his character". We think the "slight flaw" is his thirst for wine, but that proves too simple.
Number Ten Ox carries Li Kao to various places in China seeking the Great Root of Power - a ginseng root endowed with great curative traits. Along the way, the duo encounter the Ancestress, an immense woman of immense powers of her own. They deal with the mind-reading Duke of Ch'in, whose name was adopted by the West to describe all of China.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
Bridge of Birds is the best of the three, in my opinion. It is the simplest in terms of plot, and you just can't beat the thrill of meeting the characters for the first time. Hughart's style evolved through the books, and I think that objectively (if one can say that about a book) he's a better writer by Eight Skilled Gentlemen - but Bridge of Birds shows the real feeling and humanity that goes into his storytelling. The story of Miser Shen and Ah Chen - listening to Miser Shen's speech about his daughter is genuinely moving in an understated way that is totally at odds with the usual histrionics of most modern fantasy. Ditto the madness of Doctor Death. Most writers are content to let their characters languish behind cliche, but Hughart is determined to show that behind everyone is a personality that is more complex than outward show would suggest - even fairly unimportant characters such as the merchant have hidden depths.
Most fantasy - in fact almost all of it - is devoid of wit, drama, character depth and humanity. It gives "escapism" a bad name. These books have all the above qualities which makes the fantastic elements of the stories that much more interesting.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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I couldn't finish this book. The first chapter of this threw me off completely. I was almost inclined to drop it right there. But I decided to read on and it got better afterwards. Lesen Sie weiter...Vor 23 Tagen von mariospecter veröffentlicht
One of the best fantasy books I ever read. Hillarious funny and exciting at the same time. A must for every fantasy fun.Vor 12 Monaten von Katarina Svitkova veröffentlicht
I am in the bad habit of reading even boring books to the bitter end. But not this one. I fought hard and surrendered after reading half of it because my cervical spine ached from... Lesen Sie weiter...Vor 21 Monaten von Hermann Stöckl veröffentlicht
Ein eigenwilliger Schreibstiel, eine abenteuerliche Story und eines der besten Enden das ich bisher gelesen habe. Oft witzig, oft traurig, nie langweilig. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 10. September 2013 von Gerhard Roethlin
Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart is a modestly entertaining novel, by turns amusing and dull as a textbook. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 18. Juni 2004 von Patrick Burnett
I've never picked up a book and fallen in love with it so quickly before. The characters are uniquely memorable and the first thing you do when you finish it will be to read it... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 4. Juli 2000 von Mark Golding
This a great book to read if you are tired of serious stories with dark themes and depressing endings. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 21. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
Master Li always introduces himself modestly by proclaiming his tiny character flaw, but the book has no such flaw. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 21. Juni 2000 von Kimberley Mitchell
To me, this is a perfect book. It is a book where I would not change a single word. It is an inspired retelling of a Chinese legend/myth, reworked for us by a master. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 28. Mai 2000 von TlwsTeg