An ancient bridge collapses over a gorge in Peru, hurling five people into the abyss. It seems a meaningless human tragedy. But one witness, a Franciscan monk, believes the deaths might not be as random as they appear. Convinced that the disaster is a punishment sent from Heaven, the monk sets out to discover all he can about the travellers. The ...
An ancient bridge collapses over a gorge in Peru, hurling five people into the abyss. It seems a meaningless human tragedy. But one witness, a Franciscan monk, believes the deaths might not be as random as they appear. Convinced that the disaster is a punishment sent from Heaven, the monk sets out to discover all he can about the travellers. The five strangers were connected in some way, he thinks. There must be a purpose behind their deaths. But are their lost lives the result of sin? ...Or of love?
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...It was written by Thornton Wilder. For anyone interested in technique, look what Wilder achieves in novella length. Remarkable!
May 25, 2007
Bridge of San Luis Rey
This is the first time I've ever read Thornton Wilder and I was unprepared for such a masterpiece. In The Bridge of San Luis Rey Wilder is able to simplify, like Voltaire, forms that other writers take pages or even chapters to convey as the most human, life wretching experiences, the suffering of love, of adoration that throws itself into the unwanting hands of those it's closest to. I will need to read this book over again and again to absorb it fully. I saw a piece of myself in all the characters and I'm very perplexed by such a power to distub and console my fear of letting go.
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