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The Story of the Stone by Barry Hughart
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Mar 30, 09

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Read in March, 2009

At the beginning of this second installment of the adventures of Master Li, Number Ten Ox claims, "I didn't understand anything [about the Story of the Stone:]...I missed the subtleties that could have told me what was really going on." Perhaps this should have clued me in to what the rest of the book would be like, but I thought it was a joke. Since Ox is the narrator of the tale, his lack of understanding only results in the book being a muddle, where things were confusing to cover up for lack of a strong story. While Master Li remains an interesting character, trying to get through the adventure itself is slow going and dissatisfying.
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