Set in a mythical, medieval China where folklore and history are indistinguishable, a dead monk, an ancientand now missingmanuscript, and a ghostly murderer entice the venerable Master Li and his faithful companion Number Ten Ox into the Valley of Sorrows for a deadlyand... read more
“'But how can I tell The Story of the Stone?' I wailed. 'In the first place I don't understand where it begins and in the second place I'm not sure if it has an ending and in the third place even if I understood the ending it wouldn't do me any good because I don't understand the beginning in the first place.' He gazed at me in silence. Then he said,'My boy, stay away from sentences like that. They tend to produce pimples and permanent facial tics.''Yes, sir,' I said.'Begin at the beginning as you understood it, proceed through the middle, continue to the end, and then stop,' said Master Li, and he sauntered out to get drunk, leaving me to my current misery.”Number Ten Ox and Master Li
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