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Bridge of Sighs: A Short Story of the Bubonic Plague

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  107 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Venice, 1610:

“My uncle the goldsmith died less than an hour ago but the Plague Doctor is already at our door…”

After the bubonic plague takes his parents, ten-year-old Tonino is apprenticed to his uncle in a small goldsmith’s studio perched on a bridge. But as the Black Death reaches its hand into his uncle’s workshop, young Tonino is faced with making a choice to survi
Kindle Edition, 14 pages
Published September 22nd 2016 by The Scriptorium
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Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bridge of Sighs is a short story written by Laura Morelli which takes place in Venice many years ago. It tells the story of a small family this struck by the worst illness of the time, the plague. Though the story shows how devastating the plague is on families, we get an in depth look from a child's perspective, 10 year old Tonino, who has already suffered so much loss and lives with his relatives that take him into their home and family. The reader gets perspective of the devastating affects o ...more
Kathryn Berla
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm ready to move on to a full length novel by Ms. Morelli so "The Gondola Maker" is next on my list. ...more
Elizabeth Hopkinson
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
An evocative and well-written story, but sad. I felt sorry for the little boy and the mouse.
Keith Jahans
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a brief story but within its pages the author has captured the essence of Venice and the Bubonic Plague. It is told through the eyes of a ten year old boy. The author has done a great deal of research about the plague and I can tell from her biography and her writing she knows the city of Venice well.

During this time the plague was carried by black rats. The boy refers to his pet as a mouse and I suspect that it is indeed how he views the animal he cares for. Short stories are an ideal
Stephen Taylor
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a short story is set in a Venice Goldsmith's workshop and is told through the eyes of a small boy. The year is 1610, and it is a time of the plague - The Black Death. The "short story" is sadly a much-neglected form, and this is a wonderful example of the genre. The narrative gives us a snapshot of the realities of life at such a time and the practicalities that necessarily override any chance of greaving.

Good stuff
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
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Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a free offering from Laura for signing up to her newsletter when i got to the end of ‘The Gondola Maker’.

As shorts go it’s a good well written piece in much the same style as ‘The Gondola Maker’ at around the same time and place.

My only gripe is that i wanted more – which is why i gave it 4 stars and not 5, which is, in a weird way, a complement. It would certainly have made a great first chapter to a much more deeper look into Venice, and Europe, at the time of the Black Death.

Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very short and jewel-like, perhaps like one of the creations of the story's dead goldsmith. For all its topicality, this will be worth reading at any time, both for its loving depiction of another place and era; and for the sweet sad irony of the story itself. Innocence, kindness and a natural lust for freedom - all to be applauded - are presented side by side with, in this instance, their hideous and unrecognized consequences. Very fine. ...more
Anne Boardman
Jun 29, 2020 rated it liked it
In all fairness, I think I may have rated this story a bit higher if I didn’t read it in the middle of a pandemic. The thwarting of contact tracing to control disease and the mouse as a potential carrier could have been a good setup but this story’s very short length left me more anxious than intrigued. I gave an extra star since the writing is well done. Perhaps I should read one of the writer’s longer selections.
Emilee (emileereadsbooks)
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
In a few pages of this short story, Laura Morelli sweeps you into the setting and emotion of this story better than some books can. I was so invested that when it concluded, I was like WHERE IS THE NEXT CHAPTER?! This one will have you pondering about the why and who and what even once you are finished.
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this short story. When the doctor arrives wearing the beak-nosed mask, you can sense the incredible fear that gripped families upon hearing that the pestilence had entered their homes. There is a small twist to the story since we are now aware of the cause of bubonic plague.
Candy Briggs
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
It is very short but the writing is excellent. The plague at this time was scary and people weren't sure where it came from. The goldsmith died of plague and his family was kept in their house.
I liked the story, it seemed very accurate according to what I have read. I recommend you try her work.
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Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Another 2.5 rounded up to 3. This book is exactly why I don't usually read short stories. There is not enough character development, and as soon as any plot starts to develop, the story is over. This one was only a few pages long. The only reason I read it was because I was on my way to Venice, and my husband put it on my Kindle. Luckily, it didn't take long to get thru it! ...more
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I wish it were longer......
Rebecca Barnett
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really vivid and moving story despite brevity. Very thought provoking.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Very very short ... more an intro, but still a sense of the horror of the plague.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
You can get a lot from a short story. The horror of the bubonic plague is clearly shown. Thank you to the author for the complimentary story.
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
too short! I wanted more!
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
The download I have tricked me into thinking this was 100 pages long. I was into the story and it was over! I’d like to know more about the characters and how their story turns out.
Oct 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
I wouldn't call this a "book," as it was definitely only a short story. One scene. I must say I was disappointed as it was too short and ended so abruptly that I thought there were missing pages from my e-version. Could it be a first chapter in a new upcoming novel? It was very hard to rate as there wasn't enough body to it to rate it. Maybe I'd feel better if I had not spent a lousy 99 cents to buy it! ...more
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Promising, but for me too short...i wanted more!
Donna Thompson
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-read
Despite its shorter length, Laura Morelli's "Bridge of Sighs" is a full-bodied tale set in 1600s Venice. We are immediately immersed in the life of young Tonino, as he has to make a life-altering decision amidst the bubonic plague sweeping through the middle ages. I was caught up in the atmosphere and the setting and would love to see more of Tonino's story. Laura Morelli is a wonderful author whose work will take you away to far distant times and places and wrap you up in the lives and loves of ...more
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: freebie-ebooks
Opens immediately in the thick of drama: a doctor's visit to a family down with the bubonic plague. A very short, poignant, fast-moving story ..... but riveting, nonetheless. I really liked her writing style and am looking forward to reading more by this author. ...more
An ok short story.
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