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Mrs. Bridge - Evan S. Connell
Mrs. Bridge
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Before Betty Friedan wrote The Feminine Mystique there was Mrs. Bridge, an inspired novel set in the years around World War II that testified to the sapping ennui of an unexamined suburban life. India Bridge, the title character, has three children and a meticulous workaholic husband. She defends... show more
Before Betty Friedan wrote The Feminine Mystique there was Mrs. Bridge, an inspired novel set in the years around World War II that testified to the sapping ennui of an unexamined suburban life. India Bridge, the title character, has three children and a meticulous workaholic husband. She defends her dainty, untouched guest towels from son Douglas, who has the gall to dry his hands on one, and earnestly attempts to control her daughters with pronouncements such as "Now see here, young lady ... in the morning one doesn't wear earrings that dangle." Though her life is increasingly filled with leisure and plenty, she can't shuffle off vague feelings of dissatisfaction, confusion, and futility. Evan S. Connell, who also wrote the twinned novel Mr. Bridge, builds a world with tiny brushstrokes and short, telling vignettes.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780865470569 (0865470561)
Publisher: North Point Press
Pages no: 246
Edition language: English
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Shelbycat's Blog
Shelbycat's Blog rated it
3.0 Mrs Bridge
Such a sad ending :(
Austen to Zafón
Austen to Zafón rated it
4.0
I enjoyed this book and the character of Mrs. Bridge more than I did Mr. Bridge, but I'm giving them the same rating because they were both so well-written and revealing about the era and the relationships of the late 1930's. Here's a quote that gives a sense of the style and the content: “She was n...
Second Bookses
Second Bookses rated it
4.0
I first read the novel Mrs. Bridge, by Evan S. Connell, along with its companion, Mr. Bridge, shortly after seeing the Merchant-Ivory movie based on the novels. When I started going through my shelves and boxes of books to determine what I should keep and what should go, I was eager to reread these ...
debnance
debnance rated it
5.0 Mrs. Bridge
I love the way this book was written, in little short chapters, little scenes from Mrs. Bridge's life. Each little chapter is like a Zen story, a little piece of a life that zings the reade...
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