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Bridge of Sighs

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Russo's story captured me, drew me in and made me feel at home at Ikey Lubin's.

I loved this book. I hated to finish and leave behind characters that I had come to know and love. It brought back memories of my own childhood and the "characters" that inhabited that landscape. Russo has written eloquently about "telling the truth, the whole truth ...
I loved this book. I hated to finish and leave behind characters that I had come to know and love. It brought back memories of my own childhood and the "characters" that inhabited that landscape. Russo has written eloquently about "telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth," and also about the secrets we withhold, even from ourselves. It's a character driven novel that moves simultaneously between past and present, as do we all in our own lives. It's about understanding where we've been and making peace with that and welcoming with open arms who we've become and where we're going. Russo has painted a rich canvas that he invites you to step into. For me, it was hard to resist.

posted by SparkyNV on May 24, 2009

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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I have always loved Russo's work - his best, by far is Straight Man... however, this effort definitely fell short. His main character Lucy/Lou does nothing to engender connection with the reader... he is a whiner, who cannot face reality nor understand even the simples...
I have always loved Russo's work - his best, by far is Straight Man... however, this effort definitely fell short. His main character Lucy/Lou does nothing to engender connection with the reader... he is a whiner, who cannot face reality nor understand even the simplest logic. It becomes quite annoying. I kept waiting for this fundamental flaw to change. If the intent was for the reader to sympathize with Lou and/or Big Lou, that effect was lost. This was not up to Russo's usual standards - if you have not yet read Straigh Man - DO SO - that novel is sharp, witty, and worthy of your time!

posted by Anonymous on September 19, 2008

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  • Posted April 29, 2012

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    A lengthy life story

    This book had too much information. I lost interest half way through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2007

    What did I miss?

    Maybe I read a different book from the one read by other reviewers, but I'm wondering what they all found so engaging and compelling about Bridge of Sighs. To me, it's cliche and saccarhine, and I've seen various elements and characters in the story played out in countless other works. I've read other books by Russo and enjoyed them. As for this one, I couldn't wait to finish so that I could start reading something else.

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