Bridge of Birds

Barry Hughart
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Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was


Interesting change of pace. This book is subtitled by Hughart as "A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was". It's a quest story in which mythology and fairy tales play a key role. I don't know much about Chinese fairy tales and mythology, so I don't know if the fairy tales are close to actual ones, or if they are all made up. But it is a marvelous book, where the protagonist is confronted with these tales and tries to put together a solution to a mystery that will save a village full of children and right an ancient wrong. This book won both the Mythopoeic and World Fantasy Awards in '85-'86.

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