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Mr. Bridge / Mrs. Bridge

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  223 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Mrs. Bridge y Mr. Bridge, son dos clásicos de la narrativa norteamericana contemporánea. Mrs. Bridge es la crónica de la vida de una dama norteamericana, el retrato de un personaje inolvidable, una mujer ahogada por el opresor ambiente del conservadurismo y las apariencias de la clase media-alta norteamericana. A través de ella y de la voz de su marido, Mr. Bridge, un homb ...more
Paperback, 636 pages
Published 2011 by Seix Barral (first published 1959)
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Oct 26, 2014 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are two separate books written 10 years apart. I read them as such but it's easier to review them together. Mrs Bridge was written first in 1959, Mr Bridge followed in 1969. Some events overlap but their lives are also very distinct. Set in the years leading up to WWII, it is a story of an upper middle class family in Kansas City told as a series of vignettes rather than a narrative.
I loved the writing style. Things are learned without being written, quiet tableaux hinting at undercurrent
Dec 30, 2008 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: retro
I love the quiet stories of everyday disappointment, hope and going forward with life. If you have managed to miss this classic examination of the marriage and family life of the very bourgeois and middle American, mid-20th century Bridge family...give it a try if you like domestic fiction with a retro flavor.

Sure, the characters are imperfect. They demonstrate devotion without passion...they over emphasize the trivial and they totally misread one another...sometimes with tragic results. But is
Jun 09, 2008 Barb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is actually two books telling the story of one family through the eyes of the husband and then of the wife. I flipped a coin and read Mrs. Bridge first. It was a bit of a drudgery. I think her character was fairly typical of women of that time (just before WWII) but wow was she an insipid, weak woman! Here's a quote from her book that sums up her character. When looking at a book and wondering why she hasn't read it she reads: "'Skimming over the years of existence to sink gently into a pla ...more
Oct 22, 2012 Paige rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My friend told me to read Mr. Bridge first but I opted to be a contrarian and read Mrs. Bridge first. What I found was short chapter after short chapter of examples of just how absurd modern American life is (especially in the 1950s world of upper-middle-class Kansas City). Wow, what wonderful novels; they both come off as somewhat innocuous at the beginning, and almost too saccharine at times, but, really, the novels reveal just how ridiculous our obsession with tradition, appearances, and mone ...more
Jul 28, 2008 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book. I'm a library girl, rarely do I buy a non-fiction book for myself, but I am definitely investing in Mrs. Bridge. It is actually two separate novels, Mrs. Bridge was written first, about twn years before Mr. Bridge. The story telling is effortless. The ending is still with me. Read it.
Mar 12, 2013 Damara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A borderline chilling portrayal of the monotony of suburban life and the tiny tragedy of truths unsaid. Taken individually, the vignettes are relatively mundane, but altogether they paint a picture of a loving couple ultimately left unfulfilled by their prosperity
Jun 19, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great insight into a time and place, and I now say "holy cats" all the time. Thanks, Douglas.
En realidad ‘Mrs.Bridge/Mr.Bridge’ son dos novelas independientes que Evan S. Connell publicó con diez años de diferencia. Las dos se centran en la vida en una casita con jardín de una familia de clase media-alta con tres hijos y una criada negra, pero una lo hace desde el punto de vista de la mujer, la perfecta ama de casa (desesperada), y la otra desde el punto de vista de su marido, un adicto al trabajo. Las dos están formadas por capítulos brevísimos, que pueden parecer simples escenas cuoti ...more
Aug 25, 2008 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These are two separate books, but they should be read in sequence and considered as one. I read 'Mrs. Bridge' first, though I might recommend 'Mr. Bridge' first instead if you want more of a surprise (though 'Mrs' was published ten years prior). It doesn't matter too much. 'Mr' covers the same time period, is told more from his point of view, and fills in more substantial details about the family life, especially the children.

Walter Bridge is ultimately a more complex character than his wife In
Miriam Murcutt
Mar 16, 2014 Miriam Murcutt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mrs Bridge is a delightfully written book about an upper middle class American lady in 1930s and 1940s Kansas whose life is governed by a moribund set of social standards. Connell's understated and dryly witty writing captures perfectly the character of Mrs Bridge who appears neither to understand herself, her children, her husband, nor the world around her but soldiers on within a cocoon of social niceties which passes for a life. Incidents ranging from car troubles to World War Two to cooking ...more
Jenny R
May 14, 2015 Jenny R rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Starts innocuously enough with cute, small vignettes of pre-WWII Middle American life, but quickly reveals a current under the surface that is ambivalence at best and more likely outright malaise. It's much quieter than the shock and awe of a Richard Yates novel, but somehow that seems more sinister -- these are people I've known, leading respectable lives, wondering why there's no joy.

Fascinating too to read these as one work, even though they were written 10 years apart. Characters written as
Mar 29, 2015 Pat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A member of my book group choseMrs Bridge as her book for June but I decided to read Mr Bridge too to round things off. It was one of those gentle experiences that left you unsure of just how much you had enjoyed it. Mrs Bridge had some moments of real humour in it but mostly I was sad at how empty her life was. I suppose she was just very typical of a middle class American in the 1930s. She had plenty od domestic help and was left wondering where she fitted in to the scheme of things. Mr Bridge ...more
Judie Holliday
Mar 18, 2010 Judie Holliday rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A friend recommended that I read this book because I love the film so much and I will always be grateful to him. It was nearly perfect. There are two books set in the early part of the 20th century - Mrs Bridge, written in 1959 and Mr Bridge, written in 1969 - and they tell the story of two lives lived at the same time and in the same home. The characters are revealed to the reader through short vignettes, incidents seen through the narrators eyes. They don't tell you who they are, they show you ...more
Jennifer Nanek
This book was ok. It is a bizarre story about a couple and their kids in the 20s - 40s. The story is told by the husband, Mr. Bridge, first. Then Mrs. Bridge tells her story. The same life and same family. with very different perspectives. The family had serious communication issues. I can see how the 3 children as they grew up got exasperated with their parents. I got frustrated with Mrs. Bridge and her ongoing boredom. I was mentally screaming "Get a job!" or "Do real volunteer work". She is r ...more
Ruth Conrad
These are two separate books about the Bridge family, written in short chapters detailing daily events. The Bridges live a privileged life in Kansas City, and Mr. and Mrs. Bridge are each "stuck" in the roles of their days before WW II. They are seemingly oblivious to the sad and pathetic turns their lives take, but the three children do try to break away from their parents' resistance to modern ways.
These are two books, placed together because the author wrote the one (story of a midwestern, 1930s family from the different points of view)10 years after the first. I liked Mr. Bridge more than Mrs. Bridge. It was totally well written, but not necessarily enjoyable. I wasn't sure what the author was trying to say, but in the end, it was just kind of sad--these two lives so interconnected, but not really shared. Really hard books to review.
Sep 18, 2008 Kerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are examples of those books where you have "ah-ha!" moments. I wasn't really that moved until I read the 2nd book. I read them in order of Mrs. Bridge first, and then Mr. Bridge. I still think of these books whenver a situation occurs where it is realized that two people experience the exact same moment in time with very different perceptions.
Feb 17, 2012 Betty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The plethora of laconic chapters were like an album, snapshots of this ordinary family in Kansas City. The characters lack insight in to themselves and others; it is up to the reader to supply it, along with humor and pathos. I thought it was skillfully written as a commentary on a life that one suspects is semi-autobiographical. And sad.
Feb 08, 2011 Shannan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a true pleasure. Lots of memories of a time that is past, yet somehow the sone things are still the same. Very interesting writing style , unlike anything I have ever read. You will not know what to think at first.

PS This is actually two separate books. Mr. Bridge is one, and Mrs. Bridge is another.
Mar 27, 2010 Géraldine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa
C'est pas mal sans être exceptionnel. Une certaine image des États-Unis à une certaine époque sous la forme d'une fresque familiale parfois drôle et souvent caustique. Les chapitres très courts sont intéressants si comme moi on lit dans les transports en commun^^
Carole Wolff
A time period novel on the working white collar and his relationship with his wife and family. Assumption of what his wife's needs without asking. Thinking how he died and left her with her white cloves on. Oh what we do with assumptions.
David Kowalski
Jan 24, 2014 David Kowalski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two wonderful measured mannered novels set in Kansas in the 30's-50's. Connell had a wide reach, talented at non-fiction, poetry and novels that ran the range of subjects and times. And this is some of his best work.
Mar 26, 2008 Tree rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding exploration of American consciousness. Mrs. Bridge was a little better than Mr. Bridge.
Jennie Pollock
Jan 04, 2015 Jennie Pollock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Loved this pair of novels - beautifully written insights into the ordinary lives of a couple living the American Dream and finding it somewhat hollow. A fascinating picture of life in 1930s America.
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Evan S. Connell, over the last half century, has published nineteen books of fiction, poetry, and essays, several of which—including the best-sellers Mrs. Bridge and Mr. Bridge, and the erudite, anecdotal, and totally unique nonfiction book Son of the Morning Star—are American classics. I've admired his work for many years, since first reading Diary of a Rapist, and was happy for a chance to inter ...more
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