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The Bridge

3.23  ·  Rating Details ·  39 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
In the near future humanity has tired of its miserable life so much that a fanatical government decides to give earth back to nature. While all around Dominick Priest humanity is either commiting suicide or being killed by fanatics, the hero struggles overland toward his home village, not really knowing what awaits him there.
Mass Market Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 5th 1974 by Signet (first published 1973)
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Jul 15, 2014 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
This is not a genre novel, though it was marketed as sci-fi/dystopia fiction. It is set in the future, yes, but its point is not to explore a possible future, or to imagine strange new worlds and new civilizations, but rather to explore something about human nature/belief/faith by observing its response to a different environment, a different culture.

The first paragraph runs as follows:

"At the crest he could hear the first eee-thud, eee-thud of the mortars. In the rear seat Carol clapped her
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
The Bridge is a dystopian sci-fi novel which takes as its premise the deleterious effects which the human population has on the non-human population of this planet. This ontological guilt of the human race has only one reasonable solution--we must eliminate ourselves so that Nature may return to grace. Meanwhile, Mano writes a true faith-in-fiction novel, one in which Christian faith is not a solution to some problem of existence, but is itself a problem of existence with which the person of fai ...more
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May 04, 2017 Nate D rated it liked it
Others have said that this unusual science fiction by rediscovered postmodern aspirant D. Keith Mano is only masquerading as genre fiction. I would say that it's total genre fiction, but of the high-concept clever, highly literate sort (I do not see this as a contradiction of terms). It's a classic apocalyptic dystopia, a road novel through the last dregs of civilization in New York and north Jersey (and how often does any book unfold along the meadowland edges of north Jersey? I mean, the story ...more
Nov 25, 2015 Sean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

If we accept that there is a canon of so-called dystopian literature, then this forgotten 1973 novel by D. Keith Mano certainly belongs there. Written in a novel-within-a-novel framework, the book begins with a prologue set in a future far beyond the one described in the character Oscar's manuscript on the 'true' life of Dominick Priest. Humanity has now returned to a semi-primitive state and its culture is rooted in a cult-like religion established by Priest, now revered as a god. The prologue
Aug 27, 2009 Jennifer rated it liked it
It was marginally better than The Road, had a more interesting plot and character, brought forth some interesting philosophical thoughts about the end of life and civilization and religion, but unless you're a big fan of dystopian lit, don't bother. One thing I did find annoying is the way the author always chose 2 adjectives or 2 prepositions to detail what was going on. like saying something is "behind/next to" etc....and it was annoying enough for me to mention here. I think it would make a g ...more
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Mar 28, 2014 Andy Phillips rated it really liked it
This is a great book in a lot of ways, but I feel that I missed something. There is a short prologue and epilogue, both set in the far future during a religious festival that seems to involve executions via a complicated ritual involving blowing people up with mortars. The inhabitants of this far future worship someone called Priest who is the main character through the main part of the book. I think there's something clever going on here, but I totally missed the point of the prologue and epilo ...more
May 18, 2014 Robin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a weird book. Weird, weird,weird. I didn't love it, yet I was disappointed when I reached the last page.

The story is set in New York in 2035, and all killing has been completely outlawed, whether it be man, beast, or microorganism. Much of the country has been taken over by wildlife, with buildings falling down, decaying, crumbling apart. Humans live on a man made liquid diet called E-diet. Acts of aggression have also been outlawed. People can't even argue with each other without being
Jun 09, 2012 Nick rated it liked it
It was an alright book I guess. The storytelling was good and Mano's style was quite enjoyable. I also thought that the idea behind the book was rather clever and made for a good story. However, I firmly detest erotica, erotic themes and scenes, and the like. I am able to overlook erotic stuff if such scenes are crucial to the plot, otherwise it just feels like a contrived addition to please certain fans or the author himself, and none of the erotic scenes in The Bridge were plot critical. Sure, ...more
Sep 22, 2013 Mywordsfly rated it really liked it
This book was one I recall fairly well because of the tone of the general story. Some pieces of plot were a little difficult to follow at first, but Mano manages to keep you with an odd feeling the entire time, rather the same odd feeling you'd have if you really want to live, but the entire world around you believes it would be better if you all simply died to leave the world at peace. This is a feat on it's own--I would suggest anything Mano wrote simply based on this piece alone. Especially i ...more
Brian Boutwell
Jul 16, 2014 Brian Boutwell rated it did not like it
This book was unreadable for me. I tried. It actually pains me to put it away as I'm a reader who will give any author the respect of finishing their book but here Mr. Mano utterly fails to convince me. The writing is just simply bad.
Aug 02, 2009 Charles rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Nature goes wild. But well done. Reminds me somehow of the much later series on TV called After Human.
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D. (David) Keith Mano graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University in 1963. He spent the next year as a Kellett Fellow in English at Clare College, Cambridge, and toured as an actor with the Marlowe Society of England. He came back to America in 1964 as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Columbia. He has appeared in several off-Broadway productions and toured with the National Shakespeare Company. M ...more
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