The Bridge of San Luis Rey

The Bridge of San Luis Rey

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The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder

This beautiful new edition features unpublished notes for the novel and other illuminating documentary material, all of which is included in a new Afterword by Tappan Wilder.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060088873
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/27/2003
Series: Perennial Classics Series
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Thornton Wilder (1897-1975) was an accomplished novelist and playwright whose works, exploring the connection between the commonplace and cosmic dimensions of human experience, continue to be read and produced around the world. His Bridge of San Luis Rey, one of seven novels, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928, as did two of his four full-length dramas, Our Town (1938) and The Skin of Our Teeth (1943). Wilder's The Matchmaker was adapted as the musical Hello, Dolly!. He also enjoyed enormous success with many other forms of the written and spoken word, among them teaching, acting, the opera, and films. (His screenplay for Hitchcock's Shadow of Doubt [1943] remains a classic psycho-thriller to this day.) Wilder's many honors include the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the National Book Committee's Medal for Literature.

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Bridge of San Luis Rey 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
-justmyopinion- More than 1 year ago
I recently found that this is our next years Big Read book. I wanted to be ahead of the game and read it in 2 days. It is something that I would not normally read. It's a story set back in the 1600's in South America. The footbridge fell, sending 5 people to their death. A monk witnessed it, and decided to find out about the 5 people who were on that bridge. Was it divine intervention or fate? This book tells about each of those people and the events that led up to them being on that bridge when it collapsed. For me, it was a challenge to read at first. Once I got past that first character, I couldn't put the book down until it was finished.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is horrible, it talks about random things that make absolutely no sense. Do not waste your time
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read Wilder in high school during the 60s and found its motifs captivating. Throughout life I have given the book as a gift for those that examine life on a deeper level - a very postmodern examination before Wilder's time. Now, as a professor in psychology, the examination of human experience by Wilder gives case studies for people to examine some of the deepest concepts in modern psychology. Still a favorite and reading this edition is like walking into the Kingdom and gaining a glimpse of Wilder while thinking out the bridge's interaction with a select group of travelers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very slow moving, but captivating towards the end. Because of the length, it allows for an easy read. Good beach book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Please do not think that this book is simply about a bridge. The bridge is nothing more than a link, a wampeter, as Vonnegut would say. The books details the lives of extraordinarily interesting individuals until they all share their demise on the the bridge of San Luis Rey. It also sneaks in deep religious question. These questions are the purpose of critiquing the fall of the bridge, and the victims, if you would refer to them as such. A good book to read casually, a good book to read anyway.
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Has no more meaning than any other it is the human fate to die. The arabs call this kismet you can not ecape it it is neither punishnent or reward and beyobd human comperhension. The usual form of the novel will concentrate on who survived a disaster or isolate a group in danger whuch akways makes a good movie if you dont kill off the star though the killee may win best supporting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Personally, I didn't really get the story, and it seemed way too confusing. There were too many side stories, with pretty much nothing in common besides their fateful end. Not worth the time.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful book. The plot is deceptively simple, but with a bit of careful attention layer upon layer falls away to reveal new twists and connections. The author's style is simple and clear a real pleasure to the mind. Every other page contains a pithy quote, yet the flow never stumbles or stiffens. As I said: a beautiful book, and one worth devoting some time to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There was a old movie with the same title which was made in the 1940's I believe. Is this the same story? I remember seeing the movie as a little girl.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Bridge of San Luis Rey was a good novel to read and I enjoyed it. There are some parts of the book that makes you want to keep reading it and there are parts of the book where its gets boring. Another thing is that if you dont really pay attention to some parts you may not understand the rest of the chapter or you might get confused. Other than that it was a good book to read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Bridge of San Luis Rey is a good book. I especially like the way the people's lives were told. You get to see how different people lived and try to make a connection to why they were chosen to die. To me, some of their lives were uninteresting which made the book seem a little boring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A short, concise, spare book accounting the lives of people who die together when a bridge collapses. Investigating the nature and patterns of love, fate and happenstance, religion and science, Peruvian theatre, mother/daughter, brother/brother, mentor/protege relationships, and more. All in a mere 150 or so slight pages. A mediation on life. Well meaning, with many gorgeous passages and pared down to the bare essentials.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeah.