Mrs. Bridge

Mrs. Bridge

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by Evan S. Connell
     
 

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In Mrs. Bridge, Evan S. Connell, a consummate storyteller, artfully crafts a portrait using the finest of details in everyday events and confrontations. With a surgeon’s skill, Connell cuts away the middle-class security blanket of uniformity to expose the arrested development underneath—the entropy of time and relationships lead Mrs. Bridge's three…  See more details below

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In Mrs. Bridge, Evan S. Connell, a consummate storyteller, artfully crafts a portrait using the finest of details in everyday events and confrontations. With a surgeon’s skill, Connell cuts away the middle-class security blanket of uniformity to expose the arrested development underneath—the entropy of time and relationships lead Mrs. Bridge's three children and husband to recede into a remote silence, and she herself drifts further into doubt and confusion. The raised evening newspaper becomes almost a fire screen to deflect any possible spark of conversation. The novel is comprised of vignettes, images, fragments of conversations, events—all building powerfully toward the completed group portrait of a family, closely knit on the surface but deeply divided by loneliness, boredom, misunderstandings, isolation, sexual longing, and terminal isolation. In this special fiftieth anniversary edition, we are reminded once again why Mrs. Bridge has been hailed by readers and critics alike as one of the greatest novels in American literature.

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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.
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“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:
9781582438498
Publisher:
Counterpoint Press
Publication date:
01/10/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
160,638
File size:
486 KB

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 S. Connell—long recognized as one of the most important American voices of contemporary letters—is the author of seventeen books, including Mr. Bridge, Deus lo Volt!, the best-selling Son of the Morning Star, and most recently, Lost in Uttar Pradesh. He was nominated for the Man Booker International Prize in 2009.

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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.