Mr. Bridge

Mr. Bridge

by Evan S. Connell


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ISBN-13: 9781593760601
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 01/13/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 220,917
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

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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.

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Mr. Bridge 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
yjeva on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I saw the film first and read the book to find out whyever they decided to make a film of it! The book was much better - really enjoyed it.
ElizabethChapman on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Written ten years after Author Evan S. Connell finished Mrs. Bridge, this novel looks at the Bridge family through the eyes of its patriarch -- and patriarch he is.Like Connell's previous novel about the Bridges, this is written as a series of short interludes, with each "chapter" only a few pages long. It is a clear-eyed, and often merciless, portrait of high WASP middle-class life in the middle of the country in the middle of the 20th century.Connell's writing is exquisite, he conveys more in a single sentence than many writers can communicate in ten pages. Interestingly, Connell is also an accomplished historian. I highly recommend this novel, as well as his brilliant non-fiction volume on General George Armstrong Custer and the battle of the Little Bighorn: Son of the Morning Star.
debnance on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The emptiness of contemporary American life, especially for the American man, is on every page of this book. Mr. Bridge, while less forthcoming than Mrs. Bridge, nevertheless conveys an apt portrait of the comfortable yet hollow American. The book is, at times, a painful one to read.
EpicTale on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I really liked "Mr. Bridge", but not as much as its companion piece "Mrs. Bridge". Connell's crisp, elegant writing and careful portraiture were no less wonderful, the literary equivalent of Albrecht Durer's finely-drawn engravings. The problem, I suppose, was that Mr. Bridge was not as interesting or sympathetic a character as his wife. He is portrayed as a very private, withdrawn, and unswerving individual. Rarely do we see glimpses of how and with whom he spends his days. India interested me because she was uncertain about herself and so many habits and customs around her. Walter, on the other hand, rarely wavered in his views or considered alternative possibilities -- which, of course, he regarded as a self-defining virtue. Walter's stiffness suppresses, but fortunately does not completely stifle, his humanity and the deep love he holds for his family. It's a testament to Connell's wonderful writing that we're able to see both sides of Mr. Bridge so clearly. The two books are a great read. You really need to read both of them to get the most out of either one.
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