- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Counterpoint; Reprint edition (January 13, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593760604
- ISBN-13: 978-1593760601
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mr. Bridge: A Novel Paperback – January 13, 2005
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Mr. Bridge recognizes that his life did not begin until he knew his wife, India Bridge. His marriage is, in this sense, important to him. But he cannot articulate his deep feelings for his wife and, ultimately, gives up trying to express any emotion at all. "So the years passed, they had three children and accustomed themselves to a life together, and eventually Mr. Bridge decided that his wife should expect nothing more of him. After all, he was an attorney rather than a poet; he could never pretend to be what he was not."
Cold and emotionally repressed, Mr. Bridge spends all of his time at the office, becoming involved with his family only when necessary to ensure that proper middle class respectability is maintained. He spends his time visiting the bank, scrutinizing his stock certificates and counting his profits. Indeed, he is so focussed on wealth that he surprises his wife and children with stock certificates of Kansas City Power & Light on Christmas morning, only to take the gifts back into his possession so that he can properly manage them.
Manipulative and controlling, Mr.Read more ›
Both these books are so beautifully written, so carefully honed, so excellently edited and are such remarkable windows into a past generation, they cannot be dismissed for any reason.
Do not hesitate to indulge yourself.
So much can be said about the emotions stirred (from anger and sadness to outright laughter) by this upper middle class couple, so typical for their generation, it would be frivolous to try to convince with more words. There are already multiple 5-star reviews here. Believe them.
That said, both are great books. Period. If you want character development, poetic moments, insight, a portrait of a certain time and place, these two books cannot be beat. The Bridges are petty, refined, bigoted, caring, aloof, devoted, rich, yet simple people. In a sense it is almost impossible to review one without the other. Significantly, both books start off with the wooing and marriage of both. It is as if the books' titles signify not only who are the main characters, but what they are. Both characters define themselves by their spouse, and, de facto, all we know, or need to know, about them revolves around their married personae. The only thing more important to the couple than each other seems to be what others think of them. In Mrs.Read more ›
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a bit trite and boring. sorry. i really am. i always try to give good feedbacks and reviews.Published 13 days ago by rebecca dekalb
Walter G Bridge, lawyer, husband to Mrs Bridge, father to three children leads a sheltered middle class life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by An admirer of Saul
I read this after reading Mrs. Bridges. Since "Mr. Bridges" is twice as long and it's mainly a narrative of inner thoughts, he must think more. Overall, Mrs. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Teadrinker
I had read "Mrs. Bridge" first and enjoyed it start to finish. For me, "Mr. Bridge" didn't hold my interest at first but that changed about 1/3 of the way in. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
The companion volume to Mrs Bridge, written ten years earlier, which looked at a marriage principally from the point of view of the wife . Read morePublished 9 months ago by sally tarbox
If what you want is an example of effective vignettes -- this is the book for you. I'm working on my dissertation and I'll be writing vignettes. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Brilliantly sardonic and timeless. Reminiscent of Stoner and John Cheever. Depressing in many ways, with moments of dry wit. Read morePublished 10 months ago by David Landman
Though not as engaging as Mrs Bridge, it still offers a telling view of the other side of that marriage. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Richard Kline
This novel serves as the necessary "mirror" to Mrs. Bridge's thoughts and actions. Without reading Mr. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Cynthia A. Nelson