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Amazon Best Books of the Month, May 2010: Even if this weren't her first novel, Julie Orringer's Invisible Bridge would be a marvelous achievement. Orringer possesses a rare talent that makes a 600-page story--which, we know, must descend into war and genocide--feel rivetingly readable, even at its grimmest. Building vivid worlds in effortless phrases, she immerses us in 1930s Budapest just as a young Hungarian Jew, Andras Lévi, departs for the École Spéciale d'Architecture in Paris. He hones his talent for design, works backstage in a theater, and allies with other Jewish students in defiance of rising Nazi influence. And then he meets Klara, a captivating Hungarian ballet instructor nine years his senior with a painful past and a willful teenage daughter. Against Klara's better judgment, love engulfs them, drowning out the rumblings of war for a time. But inevitably, Nazi aggression drives them back to Hungary, where life for the Jews goes from hardship to horror. As in Dr. Zhivago, these lovers can't escape history's merciless machinery, but love gives them the courage to endure. --Mari Malcolm
Given the novel's size and subject matter, critics can be forgiven for their initial skepticism over a 600-plus page book on the Holocaust--by a first-time novelist, no less. But they were very pleasantly surprised--astonished, even--at Orringer's beautifully rendered novel, which most believed, with its "sweep akin to that of Dr. Zhivago" (New York Times) and other classics, is destined to become a modern-day classic itself. Although one critic felt the novel could have used a more aggressive editor and others noted some overwrought language, most described The Invisible Bridge as a beautifully researched, old-fashioned love story, "the type Tolstoy might have scratched out with a gnawed pencil" (Onion AV Club). Four stars, or four-and-a-half stars? Only time will tell if we gave it a half too few.See all Editorial Reviews
Fell in love with every character and wanted them all to survive, but knowing the impossibility...This book touched my soul.
No disappointment here.
Amazing book! I went through so many emotions! It was a bit too long- could have cut it down by 200 pages easily- the length made it hard to get into to!Published 11 days ago by SDee
I said the plot was predictable due to the history of the time setting. The slow ratting was because the author included several tons of material that described the location,time... Read morePublished 11 days ago by William C. Anderson
Impressive depiction of a tragic period. The elements of architecture, the French language, the Hungarian language, the cities of Paris and Budapest and many other details set this... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Michelle
Just visited Budapest and it was wonderful to read all about the locations and sites I saw. Really great book, hard to put down.Published 23 days ago by Diane
I would've cut out several long, slow parts of this book. There are parts in which you can't put down the book and there are many very sluggish chunks. Read morePublished 24 days ago by JMW
It is a very touching story, and realistic (based on my family's experience)Published 24 days ago by Adiel Abileah
One of the best stories about the holocost I would give it definate ten a great read.Published 27 days ago by Marlene R. Gervasio