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The breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance.

At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge—for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins
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Hardcover, 464 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Doubleday (first published October 8th 2018)
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jessica
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
this book is still so tragically underrated. sigh.

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when i die and they open me up, they will see this story engraved on my heart.

the manner in which this story has impacted me - by inhaling in the broken letters scattered among the pages, causing them to slowly seep into my veins, prompting my heart to start quietly beating for a boy who built a bridge - is not something that can be written in a review. it is something that demands to be felt, imprinting itself right across
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Emily May
Oct 02, 2018 marked it as dnf
DNF - 30%

This is the first time in a while that I've actually not finished a book. I should mention that I was one of the few people who liked but didn't love The Book Thief, but I find it hard to believe that Bridge of Clay will be as well-loved as that book. More power to you if you can actually finish and enjoy it.

At times it felt like Zusak deliberately went out of his way to make the story more confusing and difficult to enjoy. It's a painfully cerebral metaphorical wandering through the l
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Natalie
Aug 26, 2012 marked it as to-read
Markus Zusak could write the iTunes User Terms of Agreement and I'd still read it. so yeah, pretty excited for this one!

EDIT omg people stop liking this please i can't believe i keep getting notifications for this review i wrote in HIGH SCHOOL (for context I'm getting my BA next month [also: i've been on this website for more than 6 years?? time is fake]) i mean i guess i'm glad you're all happy this book is finally coming out lol but the original statement in this review no longer stands becaus
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
I completely see why so many people have such mixed feelings about this book. It's one that isn't very plot based and often times can kind of feel up in the air in terms of where the story is going. I'm still sitting with my thoughts trying to figure out how I feel. I liked how focused it was on the characters and there was a moment where I completely felt wrecked by something that occurred. Unfortunately though, I wanted more from the plot and I felt like things just kept getting unnecessarily ...more
Phrynne
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all I must say reading this book is hard work. It is a history of a family presented like a patchwork quilt - a bit here and a bit there, jumping around from person to person, place to place and past to present. Concentration is the key.

Hard work does pay off however and this is a really beautiful book. As the story progresses Zusak's characters start to work their way into your heart and the pages just slip past as you begin to discover just what has occurred. Little things like why t
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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
DNF @ 80%

I am so so SO sad about this but, I just had no interest in the story or the characters. I tried the audiobook because it's narrated by the author and I gave it a fair go but I just wasn't into it. I kept telling myself I should at least finish it but I found my attention wandering because I just wanted it to be done, and that's just a waste of precious reading (listening) time. I will definitely try and physically read this and see if maybe that experience will be better but, I really
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Federico DN
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: almost-fav
It's always about love isn't it? Everyone feels it, nobody truly understands it.

In this novel we learn the story of 'Clay Dunbar', the silent one, the boy with too much heart. One of five misfit brothers, the tireless unstoppable runner, an immovable force of nature. Training beyond meaning, relentlessly, unbeknown, and yet also aware, of a fateful day to come. The day of reckoning.

Before the Bridge, there was a Clay and a Carey.
Before the Murderer, there was a Michael and a Penelope; and an Abb
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Kylie D
Well, what can I say about this book? I found it totally mesmerising! It took a while to get going, but suddenly you find you can't put it down!

It follows the lives of the five Dunbar boys, told from the point of view of the eldest Matthew, but it concentrates on the fourth boy Clay. After their mother dies and their father abandons them, the boys are left to raise themselves in the suburbs of Sydney. Markus Zusak tells a remarkable tale here, the bridge of the title being both physical and sym
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Marissa
Jul 05, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: excited-for
HEY MARKUS. HEY.
WHERE'S THE BOOK MARKUS?
MARKUS. WHERE IS IT?


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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: $1.99 on Kindle US today 1/4/19

Well heck, I never did show my stained edge copy I got. Oh well, later!

I won an arc copy of this book in a pub giveaway!



I was really confused in this book, more so in the beginning until I got used to how this was being written. The Bridge Of Clay is a book I will have to revisit time and again to get all of the tidbits that we miss at times. Especially in a book like this; family, sorrow, hope, change, love, death. It's life. It's death. It's a family bo
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Tilly Booth
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*deep breath* I'm ready to write this review.

Markus Zusak is my all time favourite author and with Bridge of Clay he has just solidified that position further. I fell in love with his writing in The Book Thief and then The Messenger and now with Bridge of Clay. I always tell people that going into his book, don't expect them to be anything alike (except for extraordinary writing) because they are all so individual and different from each other, it's actually kind of amazing.

Bridge of Clay is a
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Hamad
Oct 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
“A murderer should probably do many things, but he should never, under any circumstances, come home.”

🌟 After 11 or 12 years of waiting, you’d think that the author will write the next big thing. Unfortunately he wrote the next big disappointment and I fell from this Bridge of Clay into a sea of disappointment!

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🌟 Truth to be told, I wasn’t very interested in the synopsis but October was my Contemporary month and what is better to read than a novel by the highly acclaimed author of The Book Thie
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Katie B
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
The only thing worse than not liking a book is knowing you are probably in the minority with that opinion. I'm left with a feeling of what did I miss? The plot is good but I just could never get into the writing style. I'll go sit in my corner alone now while everyone else has an amazing reading experience. This just wasn't the right book for me but I do hope others enjoy it.

I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway but was under no obligation to post a review.
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Charlotte May
3.5 ⭐️

“We can’t do anything. One of us writes, and one of us reads. We can’t do anything but me tell it, and you see it.”

Ok, so this is a very slow read. It definitely didn’t need to be 570 pages.
It also flicks between timelines every chapter, which for me made it hard to follow and therefore less enjoyable.

It is the story of Clay, the fourth Dunbar brother - being told by Matthew, the oldest. It covers first love, abandonment, death and many other powerful topics.

There were times this book
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Danielle
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
I’ve had this book on my to be read shelf for a really long time. I feel like this is a book you either love or hate. I just didn’t get it. The plot is appealing and something I think I should like. 🧐 But the story itself is painfully slow and all over the place. I couldn’t latch onto any character. 🙁 It is incredibly long winded and I guess I just couldn’t connect with the writing style. This was a disappointing read for me. 😬
Allyce Cameron
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Je-sus Christ. What a book. For anyone who was worried about this following up on that masterpiece The Book Thief, don’t be. It is amazing and beautiful and heart wrenching and a million other things that I can’t think of right now because I’m so overwhelmed. The first 50 pages or so were a bit confusing and hard to follow but once I got past that I was completely sucked in. Also a word of warning, find a nice private place for the ending, I read this on a plane and it pretty sure the man next t ...more
Warda
Mar 13, 2018 marked it as lost-interest  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: put-down-for-now
Put down for now. I’m not connecting with the story and I’m not in the right frame of mind for it either, since it’s such a slow book and requires more concentration and effort which I can’t give right now.

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Buddy-reading with Sophie! ❤
Please be good! I cannot survive if this disappoints me.

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About fuckin time!!! SO HAPPY ABOUT THIS NEWS! And it sounds beautifully heart-wrenching.
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Kai
Mar 13, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
That only took, like, a lot of fucking time. But we have a release date.
PattyMacDotComma
5★
“Many considered us tearaways.
Barbarians.
Mostly they were right:
Our mother was dead.
Our father had fled.

We swore like bastards, fought like contenders, and punished each other at pool, at table tennis (always on third- or fourth-hand tables, and often set up on the lumpy grass of the backyard), at Monopoly, darts, football, cards, at everything we could get our hands on.”


Zusak basically walks you up the steps of a houseful of boys with little introduction. He also designs the physical pages of
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Brenda
Five Dunbar boys, the eldest was Matthew (who narrated the story), the fourth was Clay, who seemed to be the most sensitive and socially aware. The youngest was Tommy with Henry and Rory somewhere in between. They lived at 18 Archer Street in the suburbs of Sydney, where Matthew took over the job of caring for his brothers after their mother died and six months later their father left without a word. Their struggles were many, their ways of grieving all different.

Bridge of Clay tells of tragedy
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Yusra  ✨
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yes, I know I just finished reading this last night but I can't get it out of my head! I tried reading another book and just missed Zusak's writing so here I am again. and I have a feeling I'll understand and appreciate the story a LOT more this time. here goes!!
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So I’m sitting here, it’s 1am, and I don’t even have words.
Markus Zusak did something that I had lost all hope for.
He made me cry, real tears, while reading a book.
And what a book that was. What a book.
I’m an emotional mess right now
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Emily B
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I didn’t love it. It was okay and I can see that it is a well written book,

I found the whole horse racing aspect of it a bit boring but liked the painting and mythology themes.

The author refers to lots of things, such as the peg in Clays pocket, but doesn’t fully explain until the end. I found this happening too often and became frustrated with it. It almost seemed like it was trying too hard to be mysterious and profound.
hayden
Mar 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
okay, i've read it.

what a disappointment. i loved the book thief, as did most people who have read it (even though i read it later than most), and expected something similarly powerful here. instead, i got an overly-long, self-indulgent, emotionally-void collection of pages.

from the beginning, the prose was very heightened and odd, full of strange, colory metaphors that had less an effect for me of adding anything substantial than of inundating me. i'd go through and pick out a well-seasoned sec
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Renee Godding
Rating: 5/5 stars
Added to All-time Favourite List


"She turned the knob to a shadowed dimness and sat on the stool at the piano. Slowly, her hands drifted, and genly, she pressed the high-pitched notes. She hit them soft but true and right, where she'd used the paint left over.
She's played the keys of Y|E|S|."


I am a bit particular when it comes to the books that make it onto my all-time favourite list... Call it what you want (fear of commitment, being critical, or just being annoyingly picky),
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♛ may
uhhhh what just happened?

you know that one book that makes zero sense 99% of the time and then you read one line and it all hits you and you're like WOW THIS IS AN INCREDIBLY CRAFTED MASTERPIECE?

yeah,,,,,that's not this book

- so this extremely extremely character driven book is about the dunbar family and basically it just follows their entire life from the father and mother to their five sons till the ~end~ and like that's that on that
- there are times when you //think// you know what's going
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Carolyn
This is a marvelous, rollicking tale of the five Dunbar boys, abandoned by their father after their mother died and now living alone in the family home with an assortment of animals. Told through the eyes of the oldest brother Matthew it mostly focuses on his younger brother, Clay and his exploits. The book is a little difficult to get into at first (and I did have to read the first chapter twice to get the rhythm of the writing) as it jumps around in time and many things don't have a significan ...more
Umut Rados
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally we met with Zusak's new book after Book Thief. He's taken his time, but it was totally worth the wait! Bridge of Clay is about 5 brothers who live alone. Their mother died, and father left. They live in suburbs of Sydney alone. The story is told from the eldest brother's perspective, Matthew. But, the star of the book is Clay, the fourth boy, who is trying to build this bridge. The bridge is physical and symbolic. It takes you 50 pages to get into the book. Suddenly we're thrown into it ...more
Veronica ⭐️
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Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak was ten years in the making so I was expecting big things from this story and I wasn’t disappointed.

The story opens with Matthew, the oldest Dunbar boy, bringing home the old TW, the typewriter of a Grandmother they never knew.

Let me tell you about our brother.
The fourth Dunbar boy named Clay.
Everything happened to him.
We were all of us changed through him.


This is Clay’s story as told by Matthew in an omniscient point of vie
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Bianca
I'm probably one of the very few people on this planet who hasn't read The Book Thief or any other Zusak novel, so I had no particular expectations. Knowing how many people loved The Book Thief I wanted to find out if I'll become a Zusak fan myself, therefore I promptly requested this on NetGalley.

Man, oh man, how I struggled in the beginning. The first 50 - 70 pages were hard work, I considered giving up several times, especially dreading 400 pages of the same. I just couldn't get a grip, I cou
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Cori Reed
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is easily one of the best books I have read this year. The writing is phenomenal. It's a quiet story about family and forgiveness that I will not be forgetting any time soon. ...more
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To date, Zusak has held the number one position at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, the New York Times
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