Mrs. Bridge

Mrs. Bridge

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by Evan S. Connell
     
 

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Mrs. Bridge is the wife of a Kansas City lawyer. With her, in a understated and realistic prose, we experience the everyday incidents of marriage; the gradual achievements of a workable adjustment, visits with friends, the bringing-up of two daughters and a son, and later the unsuccessful attempts to alleviate the loneliness and boredom of middle age.

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Mrs. Bridge is the wife of a Kansas City lawyer. With her, in a understated and realistic prose, we experience the everyday incidents of marriage; the gradual achievements of a workable adjustment, visits with friends, the bringing-up of two daughters and a son, and later the unsuccessful attempts to alleviate the loneliness and boredom of middle age.

"Evan S. Connell has been most successful in his dissection of one life of quiet and desperation which stands for many such lives. Written in classic prose, illuminated by wit and compassion." (Library Journal)

Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
For all their satire and dark implications, the novels of the Bridge family remain in the memory as triumphs of faultless realism. Mr. Connell's art is one of restraint and perfect mimicry.
From the Publisher
“Mr. Connell writes of this woman without patronage, without snickers, without, indeed, any comment whatever on what he sets down of her life. He tells her story, less in sketches than in paragraphs, and how it is done I only wish I knew, but he makes Mrs. Bridge, her husband and her children and her neighbors understandable and, because understandable, moving, in his few taut words.” —Dorothy Parker, Esquire

“Mrs. Bridge is a hell of a portrait . . . She’s as real and as pathetic and as sad as any character I have read in a long time.” —Wallace Stegner

“For all their satire and dark implications, the novels of the Bridge family remain in the memory as triumphs of faultless realism. Mr. Connell's art is one of restraint and perfect mimicry.” —The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670494484
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
01/19/1959
Product dimensions:
20.00(w) x 20.00(h) x 20.00(d)

What People are saying about this

Johathan Yardley
The reissue of these classic American novels is an event to be celebrated.... Mr. and Mrs. Bridge are forever human, forever vulnerable, forever pitiable. In spare, whimsical, ironic prose, Connell exposes each and every one of their wrinkles and then, in the end, offers them to us as human beings to be cherished."
Wallace Stegner
A hell of a portrait.

Meet the Author

Evan Connell's other novels include Mr. Bridge, The Diary of a Rapist, and The Connoisseur. He has also written short stories, collected in Saint Augustine's Pigeon, book-length poems (Notes From a Bottle Found On the Beach at Carmel and Points for a Compass Rose) and nonfiction (most recently the best-selling Son of the Morning Star). All of these titles are available from North Point Press.

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Mrs. Bridge 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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This book is like no other you will read. It is NOT a happy book. The book portrays the life and thoughts of a very rich family post WW2. The man and wife are unhappy and the woman, who is quite old fashioned, does not recognize her own children and their strange behaviors. It is quite sad that the material good don't make them happy and that the wife cannot even relate to her own children. This story still rings true today. Just subsitute a big SUV instead of a Lincoln. People today still try to buy happiness with money and like the book and like in real life, that does not work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Both Mrs Bridge and Mr Bridge are perhaps the finest American novels written since WWII. The minimalist prose and the insights into human nature reach to the Maugham level.