I chose to read this as a precursor to my trip to Peru. It was something of a chore to read, but I did plod through to the very end. It posed the question about why those particular people were on the bridge when it collapsed. Was it divine retribution? Random? It didn’t captivate me, perhaps because the question doesn’t captivate me. Since it’s a “famous” book, I can’t help but feel that the shortcoming was in me rather than in it. I’ll not likely read it again, though, and won’t recommend it.
One of those books where you wonder "what's the point of this?" while reading, and once you finish you realize that's exactly the point. Descriptive language with a meaningful, reassuring message.
Given the beauty of the language and the mere 140 pages of the story, there is no reason not to read The Bridge of San Luis Rey. Unfortunately, in such a short space, there isn't time to really connect with the characters.
very odd writing style with which I am not comfortable. None of the characters matter as they tumble over the bridge into oblivian and the surprise burning of the author as a heritic has little appeal to human interest nor does it struggle to take its place as an interesting sidebar to the history of the inquisition.
Overall our evening book discussion found Wilder's novel to have a unique style, it was impactful, and spoke of universal truths. The theme resonates today with its message of love, our mission in life, and our purpose. The majority of our group found it excellent, but all agreed that it was a interesting, creative, and enjoyable read.
Dated, but well written with some memorable characters.
This book is brilliant. Writing is so good it almost makes you cry.
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