Kathryn Mueller's Reviews > The Bridge of San Luis Rey

The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review
Aug 30, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: classics

When I picked up this book to read, I knew nothing about it other than the fact that it was written by Thornton Wilder (a big draw for me) and it was a novel that won a Pulitzer Prize. (Must be good, right?)

The novel is told in a very unique way. Wilder set it in the aftermath of the tragic collapse of the Bridge of San Luis Rey in Lima, Peru, in which five people died. The question the author considers is: Why those people? Is it mere chance, or does God have a reason for who lives and who dies?

Well, Thornton Wilder focuses on three of the people that died, (the other two were companions that were included in their stories.) He tells of their lives, their loves, their faults, their innermost passions. It was so forcefully and "factually" rendered that I found myself thinking that I really must look up these people and this bridge to found out what else has been written about them. I had to laugh in amazement at Wilder's skill in storytelling as I reminded myself that this story was a novel, entirely created in his own mind.

By the end of the story, Wilder makes no concrete assertions, but as a reader, I saw reason behind the tragedy--but not necessarily in the way I expected...

read more at my blog here: http://skippingbarefoot.blogspot.com/...

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read The Bridge of San Luis Rey.
Sign In »

No comments have been added yet.