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Jembatan di Toko-Ri

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  3,395 Ratings  ·  90 Reviews
Di sebuah sawah tiga mil dari desa di Korea, Brubaker berbaring bersembunyi. Apa yang dilakukannya disini, tanya dalam hati. Mengapa dia tidak berada di rumahnya di Denver, menjalankan tugasnya sebagai pengacara, makan malam dengan isteri dan anak-anaknya. Dia mendongak dan dilihatnya tentara musuh mengepungnya........
Mass Market Paperback, 163 pages
Published 1978 by Gramedia (first published 1953)
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May 25, 2015 Mmars rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While reading this I wondered what other fictional accounts were out there about the Korean War. I searched Listopia and found one list about the Korean war. In contains 92 books and all are nonfiction. Only 22 people have added books to it. There’s a Korean War group; it has two members.

It’s sad to think how little Americans know about it. This book by Michener was published in 1953. And so little since? Even during the war, fought shortly after World War II, Americans went on with their lives
A very small book, but written in that typical Michener's way, with lesser depth than how he writes in his epics. Good book though. Writes about the Americans fighting the Korean War in the early 1950s.

The content is divided into three sections - SEA: in which we are introduced to the characters on an aircraft carrier in the Sea of Japan, east of the Korean peninsula; LAND: in which the men of war take a shore leave in Yokosuka, Japan, before their final assault; AIR: in which we are led throug
Tyler Lees
"Where did we get such men?"

This is a brief but epic look at those sent to fight our wars: their motivations, their fears, and their sacrifices. The novel is set among Navy pilots during the Korean War, but the characters would easily fit into the present.

For someone like me, used to Michener's massive epics, it is a blazingly fast read, with characters you lose far too soon.

I highly recommend it.
John Yelverton
I really wanted to like this book, I really did, but it was just so plain boring!
Oct 25, 2014 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set during the Korean War, the story recounts the activities of a group known as Task Force 77 and the pilots who fly. The first portion focuses on events on the aircraft carrier, the second portion on events ashore during liberty and the final portion on events in the sky as they fly the mission to destroy the supply bridges at Toko-ri.
I seem to remember this was assigned reading at some point in high school. I think there is something to be said for reading a book later, just for enjoyment r
Armin Hennig
Jan 12, 2015 Armin Hennig rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ziemlich schlicht gestricktes Heldenlied, das als zusätzlicher Handlungsstrang von Sayonara vielleicht eine gute Figur gemacht hätte, aber auf sich gestellt doch etwas eindimensional daher kommt.
Von daher ein Stern, auch wenn sämtliche, nicht allzu hoch gesetzten, Ziele, sicherlich erreicht wurden.
Susan Bennett
May 08, 2016 Susan Bennett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At only 124 pages long, I think this book qualifies as a Michener short story.
Kristi Richardson
“All through history free men have had to fight the wrong war in the wrong place. But that’s the one they’re stuck with. That’s why, one of these days, we’ll knock out the bridges at Toko-ri.”

This was a great short listen at around 4 hours. The story is an early one by James Michener and tells the tale of the men aboard USS Savos, an airplane cruiser off the coast of Korea during the Korean War.

Harry Brubaker is a fighter pilot who is getting burned out and questioning why he is fighting this w
May 15, 2015 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I am not a very big reader however Michener managed to keep my interest throughout this entire book. Michener does a very good job describing major events and what the characters are experiencing. If you are looking for an enjoyable book that is not to long I strongly suggest this book. You will not want to put this book down. The concept of this book is pretty simple. The soldiers are focused on The Bridges at Toko-Ri. If you want to find out why they are focused on ...more
Jun 17, 2014 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About a year ago I taped Bridges of Toko-Ri onto DVR. Been sitting there ever since. I really don't like watching movies before reading the books. And as this is one of the last Micheners on my to-read/to-own list, I was positively giddy when I saw this as part of a compilation set for a buck at a garage sale (other stories: The Swimming Pool; Kiss Me Again, Stranger; Adventures in Two Worlds; The Silent World; Story of Aviation; Rivets;seven stories of du Massaupant). Got it home and read the f ...more
James Michener returns to the setting of war in the Pacific with his novel, "The Bridges at Toko Ri". In this novel Michener, himself a US Navy veteran of the Pacific theater in World War II, tells the story of a naval aviation mission to knock out the bridges at Toko-Ri in North Korea, a vital pass where the supplies of North Korea and China are funneled, and which was consequently well guarded by communist forces.

Michener is a master storyteller, and in this short novel, he carries on the trad
Aug 02, 2009 Raymond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must be frank that I first read this book when I was aboard a troop ship returning from Korea. It was my introduction to James Michener. Obviously I am not capable of a judgment apart but I do believe this is a fine story marvelously well-told. "The Bridges at Toko-Ri," is authentic of a part of the Korea experience for young Americans.
Mar 23, 2014 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic-fiction
I read this book in 10th grade and admittedly the depth of the book's theme went over my head. In my HS days, I assumed the book was an adventure story based around the time of WWII. After re-reading the story, I realize now how far off I was at that time. It's really about the ignorance of the American public of the Korean War. The service men and women who fought and gave their lives, did so with all the patriotism and sacrifice of any other war. Yet, back on the home front, no one seemed to n ...more
Juergen John Roscher
Aug 03, 2015 Juergen John Roscher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Michener Fans, Military (Naval) Historical Fiction Fans
Shelves: read_2015
The author, James A. Michener, sparked my love of reading years ago when I was in college with his book, ‘Sports in America’. I have read most all of Michener’s books but this one ‘The Bridges of Toko-Ri’ was a difficult one to find.

On the cover of the book it says this story is a stirring tribute to the carriers, the planes, and the men of the US Navy. The fictional story depicts several Navy men’s endeavors during the Korean conflict to destroy the Bridges at Toko-Ri used to supply the commun
Jan 03, 2014 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always thought of this as one of the best war novels of the mid-Twentieth Century. A lot of great novels came out in the immediate decades following the Second World War, usually written by ex-GI's who could instill a sense of authenticity to their books. James Michener, a historian with the U.S. Navy in World War II, traveled extensively around the South Pacific and Asia and, later, in 1951, was a magazine correspondent reporting on the Korean War aboard an aircraft carrier which launched air ...more
Mar 23, 2013 Gale rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-history
"Defending a Defenseless War"

Korea in the 1950’s, when a small country was ripped apart by civil, Communist-inspired war. Also a time when many Americans carried on their normal lives--heedless of the torture and sacrifice going on half a world away. Task Force 77, under the direction of veteran Admiral Tarrant, has been assigned the critical mission of taking out the four bridges at Toko-Ri, deep in the mountains beyond Fujikama. His brave men must make several passes from one end of the vall
Adrion Saenz
Aug 08, 2014 Adrion Saenz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not much for war stories, but this one was short and packed with fascinating characters and taut action. It held me all the way through. Having been raised in a military family, the lessons about war were not lost on me in the least. They hit very close to home, in fact. I think this may have been the perfect introduction to Michener for me. I look forward to exploring his other works.
Robert Lanni
May 15, 2015 Robert Lanni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Robert by: My Father
Shelves: adventure
My Father recommended this book to me when I was a school-aged kid. He had recognized my love of flight and thought it would be a good read. I was deeply moved by the struggles and courage of Brubaker, the novel's protagonist. I would re-read this book two more times in my adult life. The 1st edition hardcover sits in a place of honor in my library.
May 14, 2014 Cormacjosh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think the shortest book Michener ever wrote is also one of the most powerful and engaging books I have read in a long time. As always Michener develops his characters very well, which helps reflect the sad and horrific realities of war. Very well done & highly recommended.
David L.
Oct 23, 2014 David L. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting a typical Michener magnum opus and got a long short story. Heavy on anti-Communist polemics symptomatic of the times (Korean War).

The Korean War technology was an interesting throwback.

I've seen the movie and I believe it was better.
Aug 20, 2014 Gracie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Sometimes you look honor right in the face. In the face of another man. It is terrifying. I have no choice. I have to go out tomorrow."
And the brave terrified man went up in his jet the next day to take out that bridge.
Short, thought provoking terrific read.
Nov 18, 2015 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very quick read, a couple of hours. The writing was good and the story compelling. It's worth the read and I am looking forward to reading The Source.
Jun 12, 2011 Mercedes rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A perfect example of how pointless war is.
In this book: a lot of people don't know what they are fighting for..
E.g. when Brubaker asks Mike Forney why he hates the communist so much, he responds with this answer: "Simple. One Sunday morning in the cathedral I heard the cardinal explain it all." --> he doesn't has his as own opinion.

Another quote from the book that illustrates this:
" Harry Brubaker, a twenty-nine-year-old lawyer from Denver, Colorado, was alone in a spot he had never intent
Christian McKay
Jun 29, 2009 Christian McKay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a fantasy man myself. In an effort to break habit I picked up a few books that stray from my beaten path. Not sure why I grabbed this one in particular, maybe the length.

The book starts out with thirty pages of planes trying to land on a pitching carrier ship near Korea. Usually I phase out during war jargon, but this book kept me in rapt attention from beginning to end.

There's nothing spectacular about the characters, except maybe how human they are. I believed in them and I was worried e
I read this book in one day and it was very easy reading. I suppose it was an ok read.
May 26, 2016 Nefertiti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent piece of work,short,precise and moving. Highly recommended.
May 19, 2008 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot say how many times I have actually read this one -- at least once for school, and, at least, once for me -- but, it also made a pretty important anti-war movie, starring William Holden, Mickey Rooney, Grace Kelly, Frederick March, and several others.

It finally was ripped off recently in the movie with Robert Redford, Tom Cruise, and Meryl Streep -- Lions for Lambs. I knew The Bridges at Toko Ri too well to really enjoy this newer version, but I imagine young viewers might have liked it.
Sitting Bull
I guess Michener needs about 1,000 pages to flesh out his story. This one seemed a bit too contrived.
Jan 18, 2016 Marilyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story taking place during the Korean War.
Aug 31, 2015 Fred rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sounds a little too much like a lifer's story, but he was a good writer for the time.
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James Albert Michener is best known for his sweeping multi-generation historical fiction sagas, usually focusing on and titled after a particular geographical region. His first novel, Tales of the South Pacific , which inspired the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific, won the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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