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The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
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Dec 19, 10

bookshelves: audiobooks, historicalfiction, jewish, holocaust, marysues, should-ve-been-shorter, maybe-it-s-me
Recommended to K by: Amazon best books of 2010

The Twelve Days of Reading The Invisible Bridge: A Novel

On the first day of reading this, the thought occurred to me...

It starts off engagingly.

On the second day of reading this, the thought occurred to me...

Mary Sue personas
But it starts off engagingly.

On the third day of reading this, the thought occurred to me...

Unrealistic plot twists
Mary Sue personas
But it starts off engagingly.

On the fourth day of reading this, the thought occurred to me...

Way anachronistic
Unrealistic plot twists
Mary Sue personas
But it starts off engagingly.

On the fifth day of reading this, the thought occurred to me...

This...is...a...HARLEQUIN!
Way anachronistic
Unrealistic plot twists
Mary Sue personas
But it starts off engagingly.

On the sixth day of reading this, the thought occurred to me...

Jewish inconsistencies
This...is...a...HARLEQUIN!
Way anachronistic
Unrealistic plot twists
Mary Sue personas
But it starts off engagingly.

On the seventh day of reading this, the thought occurred to me...

Two-dimensional villains
Jewish inconsistencies
This...is...a...HARLEQUIN!
Way anachronistic
Unrealistic plot twists
Mary Sue personas
But it starts off engagingly.

On the eighth day of reading this, the thought occurred to me...

Excess detail
Two-dimensional villains
Jewish inconsistencies
This...is...a...HARLEQUIN!
Way anachronistic
Unrealistic plot twists
Mary Sue personas
But it starts off engagingly.

On the ninth day of reading this, the thought occurred to me...

Cringe-worthy humor
Excess detail
Two-dimensional villains
Jewish inconsistencies
This...is...a...HARLEQUIN!
Way anachronistic
Unrealistic plot twists
Mary Sue personas
But it starts off engagingly.

On the tenth day of reading this, the thought occurred to me...

Wikipedia history
Cringe-worthy humor
Excess detail
Two-dimensional villains
Jewish inconsistencies
This...is...a...HARLEQUIN!
Way anachronistic
Unrealistic plot twists
Mary Sue personas
But it starts off engagingly.

On the eleventh day of reading this, the thought occurred to me...

Holocaust exploitation
Wikipedia history
Cringe-worthy humor
Excess detail
Two-dimensional villains
Jewish inconsistencies
This...is...a...HARLEQUIN!
Way anachronistic
Unrealistic plot twists
Mary Sue personas
But it starts off engagingly.

On the twelfth day of reading this, the thought occurred to me...

Why did I slog through this?
Holocaust exploitation
Wikipedia history
Cringe-worthy humor
Excess detail
Two-dimensional villains
Jewish inconsistencies
This...is...a...HARLEQUIN!
Way anachronistic
Unrealistic plot twists
Mary Sue personas
Well, it started off engagingly.
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Reading Progress

11/30/2010
9.0% "Very engaging so far."
12/02/2010
23.0% "WHY? Why do potentially good books turn into glorified Harlequins? WHY? WHY?"
12/18/2010
95.0% "Puff...puff...heading toward the finish line..."
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Lisa Vegan Khaya,

BEST. REVIEW. EVER. I sang my way through it.

I'm very disappointed though. I love her very dark but brilliant (in my opinion) book of short stories How to Breathe Underwater: Stories, and I've really been looking forward to reading this novel. Of course, I might enjoy it more than you.


message 2: by K (new) - rated it 2 stars

K Thanks, Lisa! It was fun to write, and I was hoping people would sing along with me!

A lot of people mentioned that her short story collection was very good. I'm not usually a short story person, but I might give it a try if I come across it. Lots of people liked The Invisible Bridge: A Novel much more than I did, as evidenced by the high average rating on goodreads, so perhaps you will as well.


message 3: by K (new) - rated it 2 stars

K Thanks, Elizabeth! The really great historical fiction novels have managed to give me a sense of time and place without lecturing me.


message 4: by K (new) - rated it 2 stars

K Thanks so much! I'm very flattered and glad you enjoyed it.


message 5: by SaraK (new) - added it

SaraK Fab review. I started reading this a while ago and I wasn't super engaged and then it was due back at the library. I'm not going to bother requesting it again. Thanks!


message 6: by Mummy (new)

Mummy Wasn't Morgenstern the pen name of William Goldman (and occasional character in his books)?

I like your review. I won't bother reading the book.


message 7: by K (new) - rated it 2 stars

K Thanks, SaraK and Petra! To be fair, the high goodreads rating suggests that I was in the minority and other liked the book more than I did. But in my opinion, there are definitely better books to spend time with.

In answer to your question about Morgenstern, Petra, I don't know -- there was a character in "The Invisible Bridge" who took Morgenstern as a name because she was hiding from the law but I don't know whether this has relevance to William Goldman.


message 8: by Mummy (new)

Mummy I wondered if it was a literary joke is all.


message 9: by K (new) - rated it 2 stars

K Oh. If it was, I missed it.


message 10: by Poppy (new)

Poppy Fields You crack me up.


message 11: by K (new) - rated it 2 stars

K Thanks! That's nice to hear.


message 12: by Lisa (new) - rated it 5 stars

Lisa Vegan Oh, Khaya, I'm almost finished this and I loved it/am loving it. I still adore your review. So funny and fun to sing. I agree with you very slightly about a few things in your review, but I will probably give this book 5 stars anyway.


message 13: by K (new) - rated it 2 stars

K Thank you so much, Lisa! I've been following your updates and I'm really glad you're enjoying the book. Lots of people did; once again I seem to be the lone curmudgeon. It always feels good when someone who disagrees with my assessment of the book compliments my review. I appreciate the open-mindedness, and it also makes the compliment seem more genuine.


message 14: by Lisa (new) - rated it 5 stars

Lisa Vegan Thanks, Khaya. Well, I try to keep my likes and comments genuine, even when I have the same opinion of the book as the reviewer. There are plenty of times I've loved or liked or hated a book and haven't appreciated the reviews of those who feel similarly to me.

Yes, this was a 4 1/2 star book for me, and I cared about the characters enough and liked her writing style and storytelling enough that I've upped it to 5 stars. I'm not sure how I'm going to write a decent review for this one, but I will write something.


message 15: by K (new) - rated it 2 stars

K I know what you mean -- enjoying the review and agreeing with the reviewer don't always go together at all. In fact, one commenter once called me out for praising a review of a book I'd never read, and I had to explain that appreciating a review is not the same thing as sharing the reviewer's opinion or even having an opinion on the book. Many of the reviews I like are of books I've never even heard of.

Anyway, I definitely look forward to hearing your impressions of the book!


message 16: by Lisa (new) - rated it 5 stars

Lisa Vegan Khaya wrote: "Many of the reviews I like are of books I've never even heard of."

Same here.


message 17: by Angela (new) - added it

Angela Your review is by far sweetly sung. I bouhgt yhe book for 50¢ before I read your review. I will give it try so my 50¢ does not go to waste, but then on the other hand time is money, so they say.


message 18: by K (new) - rated it 2 stars

K Thanks, Angela! Lots of people appreciated this book more than I did so it may be worth a try. At 50 cents, you don't have a lot to lose either way.


Courtney Though I loved the emotional roller coaster this book sent me on, and I give it five stars, I must also give your review five stars for creativity. Sang my way through it, of course!


message 20: by K (new) - rated it 2 stars

K Thanks, Courtney! My favorite review compliments are the ones that come from people who disagree with me. I'm glad you liked the book as well as the review!


message 21: by Paula (new)

Paula Hedgepeth This made me laugh out loud! Alas, I couldn't slog. I was tempted to keep going because of the time I had already invested, but I decided to cut my losses.


message 22: by K (new) - rated it 2 stars

K Thanks, Paula! I have definitely been there. Although I have on occasion been glad I slogged through a long, slow to warm up book, in this case the fun I had writing the review was the only reward.


message 23: by Marylu (new) - added it

Marylu I am starting to love reading reviews on Good Reads as much as I love reading the books! Thanks a bunch for yours. I have added the book to my To Read list, maybe just to see if I agree with your LOL wonderful assessment!


message 24: by K (new) - rated it 2 stars

K Thanks, Marylu! I agree completely; reading goodreads reviews can be just as much fun and sometimes more. I'll be curious as to whether you agree with my assessment; lots of people seem to have loved this book.


Jennivie I loved this book as I sit in silent torment after finishing it. Especially after learning it is part of the author's family history.... But I do like your review very much too.


message 26: by K (new) - rated it 2 stars

K Thanks! I'm really glad you liked the book and my review.


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