Originally Posted by Dave Berk
I can't believe I'm only the second guy to recommend Bridge of Birds
By Barry Hughart. A very very funny book. I started reading it one day on a train drive (in PB) and when I got off nobody on the same car would've bet a nickel on my sanity, the way I was laughing...
I think Bridge of Birds is one of my favorite novels. It's a beautiful book in many ways, and the humor took a back seat when I was reading it...especially near the end. That said, yeah it did have some zany fun stuff and some amusing wit.
I think it should be required reading for all Sinologists, actually.