The Bridge of San Luis Rey
This beautiful new edition features unpublished notes for the novel and other illuminating documentary material, all of which is included in a new Afterword by Tappan Wilder.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... show more
This beautiful new edition features unpublished notes for the novel and other illuminating documentary material, all of which is included in a new Afterword by Tappan Wilder.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.
Publish date: April 15th 2003
Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Pages no: 160
Edition language: English
Are our lives ordered by a higher being? Is there meaning to be found behind tragedy? The deaths of 5 people killed in the collapse of a bridge in Peru are explored by a monk as he seeks to answer these questions. Some beautiful writing and definitely worth reading. Basically an exploration of the ...
This is not a conclusive review. You can’t absorb a novel like The Bridge of San Luis Rey in one reading. It’s actually the shortest novels, like this and The Old Men and the Sea that require re-reading. Although it seems on the surface that huge novels like Infinite Jest or Gravity’s Rainbow show t...
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. I wasn't sure what to expect from Wilder, but I was impressed with the way he handled his sentences and the thoughts he put to page. There is beauty in this story, and phi...
As far as school books go, I didn't hate it as much as I thought I would. As far as books I would read for pleasure goes, I probably wouldn't pick it up again. Quite frankly, I got the story and, upon some re-reading and reflection, it was decent enough and I found myself actually caring a bit about...
I am having a hard time reviewing the books I've been reading lately because my reaction to so many of them has been tepid. Very, very tepid. I can say nasty things if I hated something or rave if I loved it. But what does one say to "Oh that was just okay." The Bridge of San Luis Rey is one of ...