Popular Book, The Chronicles Of Master Li And Number Ten Ox Author Barry Hughart This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book The Chronicles Of Master Li And Number Ten Ox , Essay By Barry Hughart Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You On the one hand, it feels very 80s fantasy framed in uncomfortable Orientalism I m assured it s an affectionate and well researched approach, and it is really nice to read a fantasy set somewhere other than Europe or Europe ish But there are definitely elements that have been stretched to the breaking point to fit a Western framework with a style of narration that comes off like Aravis and Lasaraleen in The Horse and His Boy and I d be interested to hear how others feel about the appropriation and parody That said, the first book in particular is a brilliantly crafted yarn, beautifully told The storytelling is captivating, and feels like sitting in the warm grass listening to a Jack Tale told by a master, where you lose track of your senses and almost feel the vivid environments described The other two books tend to follow its formula but are also fun to read Well worth picking it up. After considerable searching and expense, I procured this hardcover edition It is actually three books The Bridge of Birds, my review The Story of the Stone my review and Eight Skilled Gentleman my review The first is the most marvelous, in my opinion, and was even amazing on my July 2019 re read for the marvelous way the author pulled a mythological adventure tale together into a very beautiful and moving ending I definitely felt echos of Princess Bride. I loved these books so much that I published this one.All three novels concern the same two primary characters, but can be read completely independently Bridge of Birds, the first of the three, is such a just generally appealing and interesting novel that I sold it satisfaction guaranteed at my bookshop You don t care for it Bring it back for a full refund In 16 years and over 1,500 copies of the paperback sold, I had two people take me up on it And one of them said he did kinda like it, but really wanted the cash The frustration at that time was that folks would come rushing back, delighted with this new find of theirs and ask what else this author had written The good news is, there are two books The bad news is, you can t have them Both of the later books had gone out of print shortly after publication, and were astonishingly expensive in the used book market.That s why, in 1998, while looking for a really big thing to do to celebrate 10 years in the bookstore business, I decided to contact Mr Hughart, hire a book designer the amazing Robert Garcia , and take my friend Kaja Foglio up on her years ago idea to illustrate these books if there was ever a chance We published an omnibus edition of all three novels, with a color cover, and six full page black and white illustrations While the collection we published is also now out of print, Bridge of Birds has always been available, and the other two have been showing up in sporadic reprints Set in a China that never was , these books have elements of both fantasy and mystery novels, but fit best into the just try it and see if you like it genre. I own an old paper copy of this omnibus published in the late 90s when I pulled it off the shelves for a reread, having been reminded of its existence by another work altogether, I found the print had shrunk sadly over the years, so I bought a new copy for my Kindle Much better for my eyes, and possibly yours.So far I have only reread the first of the three novels in the collection, Bridge of Birds, of which, it turns out, I had forgotten nearly everything, so it was just like reading a new book Picaresque fantasy adventure told as a first person memoir by Number Ten Ox, who is or less the Watson to Master Li s Sherlock, in a or less Tang China setting On which I imprinted long ago with the Judge Dee stories of Robert Van Gulik, but that s another subject The children of Number Ten Ox s village are felled by a paralytic poison very slow acting, fortunately for the convoluted plot, and Ox is sent to Peking to hire the only sage he can afford, Li Kao, an ancient genius lunatic with, as he repeatedly explains, a slight flaw in his character , to attempt to find a cure This proves, eventually, a very happy chance for Ox, his village, and the reader.Recommended.Ta, L.
Hughart was educated at Phillips Academy Andover He attended Columbia University where he obtained a bachelor s degree in 1956.Upon his graduation from Columbia, Hughart joined the United States Air Force and served from 1956 to 1960 where he was involved in laying mines in the Korean Demilitarized Zone During Hughart s military service he began to develop his lifelong interest in China that l
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- The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox
- Barry Hughart
- 17 November 2017 Barry Hughart