The man who wakes up in the extraordinary world of a bridge has amnesia, and his doctor doesn't seem to want to cure him. Does it matter? Exploring the bridge occupies most of his days. But at night there are his dreams. Dreams in which desperate men drive sealed carriages across barren mountains to a bizarre rendezvous; an illiterate barbarian storms an enchanted tower under a stream of verbal abuse; and broken men walk forever over bridges without end, taunted by visions of a doomed sexuality.
Lying in bed unconscious after an accident wouldn't be much fun, you'd think. Oh yes? It depends who and what you've left behind.
Which is the stranger reality, day or night's Frequently hilarious and consistently disturbing, THE BRIDGE is a novel of outrageous contrasts, constructed chaos and elegant absurdities.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown Book Group|
|Product dimensions:||4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Iain Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, THE WASP FACTORY, in 1984. He gained enormous popular and critical acclaim for both his mainstream and his science fiction novels. Iain Banks died in June 2013.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
So far I have thoroughly enjoyed every book by Iain [M.] Banks I've read. 'The Bridge' is no exception. The Bridge was a strange and surreal ride. It starts with an auto accident and a man falling into a coma. In the coma he finds himself in a strange world (living in a city on a bridge), not knowing who he is or of life before the bridge. The bridge lies between the city and the kingdom. His life is filled with strange happenings, bizarre dreams all the while reality is bleeding through. The story takes you through parts of his life before the accident, his life in the coma and his dreams which are more like nightmares. The different story lines all have elements from his real life. Regrets, choices made, choices that need to be made and the internal battle he must fight. When I was finished reading the story I was totally satisfied and happy to be alive. This is another book that I would only recommend to adults not just because of the sex and violence but because Iain [M.} Banks is such a good writer he can make you feel the desperation, hopelessness and horror on such a deep level it will leave some readers feeling a bit uneasy (until you finish the book). Several of the books I have read by Banks have been dark and emotionally straining at times but he (Banks) always manages to have the perfect ending (some happy, some not so happy) that leaves me with a feeling of awe and a desire to read more.