The Bridge of San Luis Rey

The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Large Print - 1997
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This beautiful new edition features unpublished notes for the novel and other illuminating documentary material, all of which is included in a new Afterword by Tappan Wilder. "On Friday noon, July the twentieth, 1714, the finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipitated five travelers into the gulf below." With this celebrated sentence Thornton Wilder begins "The Bridge of San Luis Rey, " one of the towering achievements in American fiction and a novel read throughout the world. By chance, a monk witnesses the tragedy. Brother Juniper then embarks on a quest to prove that it was divine intervention rather than chance that led to the deaths of those who perished in the tragedy. His search leads to his own death -- and to the author's timeless investigation into the nature of love and the meaning of the human condition. This new edition of Wilder's 1928 Pulitzer Prize winning novel contains a new foreword by Russell Banks.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me., USA : G.K. Hall ; Bath, England : Chivers Press, 1997
ISBN: 9780783819945
0783819943
Characteristics: 143 p. (large print) ; 25 cm

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AL_ANDREW Aug 02, 2016

One of those books where you wonder "what's the point of this?" while reading, and once you finish you realize that's exactly the point. Descriptive language with a meaningful, reassuring message.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 05, 2016

Given the beauty of the language and the mere 140 pages of the story, there is no reason not to read The Bridge of San Luis Rey. Unfortunately, in such a short space, there isn't time to really connect with the characters.

very odd writing style with which I am not comfortable. None of the characters matter as they tumble over the bridge into oblivian and the surprise burning of the author as a heritic has little appeal to human interest nor does it struggle to take its place as an interesting sidebar to the history of the inquisition.

ParkRidgeRS Nov 09, 2011

Overall our evening book discussion found Wilder's novel to have a unique style, it was impactful, and spoke of universal truths. The theme resonates today with its message of love, our mission in life, and our purpose. The majority of our group found it excellent, but all agreed that it was a interesting, creative, and enjoyable read.

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GummiGirl
Oct 18, 2011

Dated, but well written with some memorable characters.

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ladyparasol
Nov 18, 2010

This book is brilliant. Writing is so good it almost makes you cry.

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