La historia es apasionante. John Orr, nuestro protagonista, vive en una ciudad que no es tal. Se trata de un puente de unas dimensiones enormes en el que hay trenes, tranvías, ciudades, aviones que sobrevuelan el puente sin razón aparente, dirigibles... y todo dentro del puente. John sufre amnesia y visita periódicamente la ...more
And I knew it. I knew if I even caught a sniff of criticism of this book they would call it 'Kafka-esque', everyone's favourite shorthand for weird and depressing*. People praise Murakami for his true understanding of Kafka, and I have to praise him too because I don't get Kafka, bu ...more
In the Bridge, the usual Banksian tropes plonk into Being: the requisite names which suggest familiarity but which maintain an air of oddity serve only to estrange, to make t ...more
A dream that's clearly the real world yet the story is too lovely to be real, and too painful not to be.
Dreams that are dreams within dreams that may hold meaning but it's hidden from me.
Read it. You may regret it. But you won't forget it.
"Just one more thing." I nod at the bodies littering the ground like fallen leaves. "What happened here? What happened to all these people?"Like skywriting in Braille... the late Iain Banks' early novel The Bridge is hard to get a grip on. The comparisons that spring to my mind are mostly cinematic... think David Lynch's Mulholland Drive, or perhaps Adrian Lyne's Jacob's Ladder.
He shrugs. "They didn't listen to their dreams," he says, then turns back to his task.
Feverish and multilaye ...more
This one is rather Kafkaesque, though without the overlong sentences of the real Kafka. This is not an action-packed book. In fact the whole plot can be described in about half a page of A4. It's rather a study of the relationship between dreams and reality, and about the fragility of cause and effect.
The central theme ...more
Here is a mans life, lived and loved i ...more
Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
And I love Bridges, and have a special spot ...more
At the risk of a very minor spoiler (I think it's reasonably apparent to anyone who reads t ...more
I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who expects to find meaning, connection or even a direct plot. Except for what is obvious, there is not much going for the book, plot-wise. Man goes into coma. Man must come out of it. Everything else, in between, is engaging, yet deeply un-meaningful. People who want to analyse and interpret the world of dreams might just have a field day with this book. But someone more astute to practical reasoning might just not be. There is nothing - I feel - deeply ...more
Iain Banks is immortal for how he begins his novel just the like of his famous one, THE CROW ROAD. In THE BRIDGE, I liked its opening, describing the bridge with beautiful sentences- something savory, something musical to my ears when I read it aloud, something that is imagined in awe.
"The road cleared the cutting through the hills. He could see South Queensferry, ...more
It's all a dream.
Sigh. This book was written 25 years ago, but even then ...more
The sections on the bridge reminded me a lot of Kafka's The Castle but better. The modern sections bored me (as most non-fantastic fiction does - with Philip Roth being the exception). The dreams were very cool, especially the trip to hell. Without the dreams the bo ...more
I've already read all of Mr. Banks' more challenging novels of science fiction, all of which I've greatly enjoyed. The author has said that this is his favorite book ...more
If you enjoy works brimming with dark imagination, g ...more
I have been a fan of Banks' writing since his first book The Wasp Factory and have had The Bridge on my book shelf ever since it came out in paperback. I have never been able to read it though. I have started it a least a dozen times but never got further than the second chapter. Now having finally read it I can't seem to see why I had such a problem with it.
The story revolves around a John Orr, a man in a coma who weaves together the vari ...more
I think I've been permanently put off this sort of storytelling by Philip K. Dick, though, and while it was still good I'd probably have enjoyed it more as several entirely separate tales.
Yes, the writing is a bit more complex than the conventional works littered before us, but this does nothing to take away from the gravity of the story and its character - it, in fact, enhances them in every way!
take this excerpt: "In some strange inversion of physiology...more
Banks's father was an officer in the Admiralty and his mother was once a professional ice skater. Iain Banks was educated at the University of Stirling where he studied English Literature, Philosophy and Psychology. He moved to London and lived in the south of England until 1988 when he returned to Scotland, living in Edi ...more