Book Reviews of Bridge of Birds : A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was

Bridge of Birds : A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was
Bridge of Birds A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was
Author: Barry Hughart
ISBN-13: 9780345321381
ISBN-10: 0345321383
Publication Date: 4/12/1985
Pages: 288
Rating:
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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4.2 stars, based on 50 ratings
Publisher: Del Rey
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
This is one of my very favorite fantasy novels, one of the few title that I actively collect in order to give away to friends who haven't read it yet. If there is a copy available here, grab it before I do!

The other books by Hughart are also quite good, though I think "Story of the Stone" isn't quite as good as "Bridge of Birds", and "Eight Skilled Gentlemen" isn't quite as good as "Story of the Stone".
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Helpful Score: 2
This is the best book. I found it hard to start, but once I gave it a chance I couldn't put it down. Mr. Hughart does a excellent job creating charaters and making this book fun.
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Helpful Score: 2
"Lyrical" is the best term for this book. As a friend and Chinese scholar said to me, "it reads like people *think* classical Chinese literature should read."

This is the first and best of the three books by Hughart. The other two work, but the format is what makes the books what they are (a giant, Karmic circle) and the surprise of the first is never quite the same after that. The other two are still good reads, but nothing tops this one.
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This is a wonderful book! Funny and moving and delightful, and just a joy to read. If you have ever enjoyed a fantasy novel, you should not miss this book.
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Really enjoyed reading this contemporary Chinese myth. Every character receives justice in the end in a very clever way.
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A novel of an ancient China that never was,