The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Wilder, Thornton

Book - 2003
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Bridge of San Luis Rey
This beautiful new edition features unpublished notes for the novel and other illuminating documentary mate- rial, all of which is included in a new Afterword by Tappan Wilder. "On Friday noon, July the twentieth, 1714,the finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipitated five travelers into the gulf below." With this celebrated sentence Thornton Wilder begins The Bridge of San Luis Rey, one of the towering achievements in American fiction and a novel read throughout the world. By chance, a monk witnesses the tragedy. Brother Juniper then embarks on a quest to prove that it was divine intervention rather than chance that led to the deaths of those who perished in the tragedy. His search leads to his own death -- and to the author's timeless investigation into the nature of love and the meaning of the human condition.

Publisher: New York : Perennial Classics, [2003], c2002
ISBN: 9780060088873
Branch Call Number: FICTION WILDER 2003
Characteristics: xvii, 138 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm


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Feb 13, 2012
  • DanglingConversations rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

very odd writing style with which I am not comfortable. None of the characters matter as they tumble over the bridge into oblivian and the surprise burning of the author as a heritic has little appeal to human interest nor does it struggle to take its place as an interesting sidebar to the history of the inquisition.

Nov 09, 2011
  • ParkRidgeRS rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Overall our evening book discussion found Wilder's novel to have a unique style, it was impactful, and spoke of universal truths. The theme resonates today with its message of love, our mission in life, and our purpose. The majority of our group found it excellent, but all agreed that it was a interesting, creative, and enjoyable read.

Oct 18, 2011
  • GummiGirl rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Dated, but well written with some memorable characters.

Nov 18, 2010
  • ladyparasol rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is brilliant. Writing is so good it almost makes you cry.


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