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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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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Left me disappointed, though I am not sure why...

I really liked Empire Falls and was excited to read this book. While Russo is a terrific writer and I liked the book, I was left somewhat disappointed at the end. I am not sure I can accurately articulate why. I feel like the story was building up to a big climax tha...
I really liked Empire Falls and was excited to read this book. While Russo is a terrific writer and I liked the book, I was left somewhat disappointed at the end. I am not sure I can accurately articulate why. I feel like the story was building up to a big climax that never really happened - and because of that, we never really got to know 2 of the 3 main characters as well as we should have. Put another way, even though the book was 600+ pages long, it feels like at the end Russo rushed to finish it with and didn't give as much thought to tying up the story as he did to the earlier sections - the ending almost feels like a completely different style than the rest of the book. And maybe that's what left me disappointed.

posted by reader72 on March 15, 2009

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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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