The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Penguin Modern Classics)
In Lima, Peru, at noon on Friday, June 12, 1714, an ancient Inca bridge collapsed as five people crossed the mountain pa...more
"Some say that we shall never know, and that to the gods we are like the flies that the boys kill on a summer day, and some say, on the contrary, that the very sparrows do not lose a feather that has not been brushed away by the finger of God."
You might think a book so focused on God and faith would fail to have the desired effect on an atheist like me. But, actually, I think the religious factor of this novel is just a small part of something which affects all of us: our need to question why t...more
A book about the connections that we forge between us, Thorton Wilder’s 1928, Pulitzer winning novel is a Great Gatsby-Heart of Darkness scale of a book, with the same type of compact brevity that the other two are famous for. The book also represents some of the ideas that were swirling around at the time in the modernist canon, all those ideas that were the precursor of the meta-fictive pomo literature that was to come some 40-50 years later. It’s often nice to explore this ter...more
You put down the phone. You cannot sleep anymore. So...more
Is there anywhere an opening line more pregnant with promise? Methinks not. The Bridge of San Luis Rey is Thornton Wilder's strange and melancholy classic, exploring the lives of those five doomed Peruvians, trying to see what, if anything, linked them together in life and gathered them together in death. What is immediately remarkable to me, of course, is the brea...more
"But soon we shall die and all memory of those five will have left the earth, and we...more
"[Dona Maria] saw that the people of this world moved about in an armor of egotism, drunk with self-gazing, athirst for compliments, hearing little of what was said to them, unmoved by the accidents that befell their closest frien...more
Pulitzer prize winning author Thornton Wilder writes about: Brother Juniper, who witnesses the deaths of five people in the 1700s when I bridge in Peru suddenly collapses. He sets out to find out all that he can about each of these people in the hopes of developing a scientific hypothesis about why God chooses to take people when he does.
It was well-written a...more
The story then focusses on each of the victims one at a time, telling their unique and lively life stories with humour and panache. The back-stories are brilliantly structur...more
I'm not a "brief glimpse" kinda girl. I'm a "stare intently" kinda girl. But I agree with those who say that this book has a chiming, almost biblical cadence.
Few novels identify their basic plotline as succinctly and forthrightly as the opening line of Thornton Wilder’s 1927 novel, The Bridge of San Luis Rey: “On Friday noon, July the twentieth, 1714, the finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipitated five travellers into the gulf below.” The novel’s conceit is this: a certain Brother Juniper was himself about to step out onto the bridge when it broke and subsequently witnessed the plunge of five people into the abyss below. Brother Juniper wonder
Brother Juniper had nursed his hypotheses of...more
Wilder's play "Our Town" is something my father and I have shared since I was a child. Back when I was younger, and he'd tell me stories, I can remember him reinventing the scene where Emily is dead and has chosen to go back to her birthday party. When I finally read it when I was older I was blown away...
I'm not sure that this was the right time for "The Bridge." I've said it before in previous reviews, that books know...more
Perhaps better known as a playwright than a novelist author
Thornton Wilder has endowed a fast-paced world with this stately novella, calmly proceeding at his own philosophical tempo--oblivious of modern demands for mindless action and soulless dialogue. Considered a classic and required reading back in the 60's, Bridge of San Luis Rey (Saint Louis, King) still exerts ingenuous literary charm upon thoughtful readers. Our disposable society scorns to take the time...more
The story is simple. On July 20, 1714, a rope-fiber suspension bridge near Lima, Peru, collapsed and five people plunged to their deaths. A Franciscan monk witnessed the event and spent the next six years investigating the five victims to understand why they happened to be on the b...more
I checked Wilder's bio and could not find any time spent in Peru or South America prior to (or after) writing the book unless it was during his Co...more
The setting of this book is Lima Peru 250 years ago. One fateful day a bridge made of willows which for ages has spanned a deep gorge near the city, breaks, and five people plunge to their deaths. Brother Juniper, a monk, witnesses the accident and determines to trace the life stories of the five to prove his b...more
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