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Bridge of Sighs: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Paperback – August 12, 2008
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After winning the Pulitzer Prize Russo took a gamble on a different format with a short story collection entitled The Whore's Child: Stories, which was an unfortunate misfire for him, an author who truly shines when he sticks to what he knows best, and in that regard "Sighs" is a glorious return to form.Read more ›
Bridge of Sighs falls short. Way short. I put it back on the shelf twice, having given up on it. Yet, I kept wondering what happens when they all get to Italy, so I retrieved it and started in once again. Well, you who have read it know what happens so I won't divulge that here. Suffice it to say I was disappointed.
And bored. I hate to admit it but yes, I was bored by this book. This small town was somehow less relevant, and the relationships were all strained and unhappy. Weird, even. I was bored by the people and bored by their problems. I felt that conclusions about causation were wrong, and weakened the book.
I will always run right out and buy a Richard Russo book, but I hope next time I will be more richly rewarded.
Bridge of Sighs is exactly that--a great book that'll feel both familiar and fresh to Russo readers. I'm a long-time fan of his books and Bridge of Sighs is everything I hoped it would be; it's also a book I'd press on anyone who hasn't read his previous work. Highly recommended.
The Bridge of Sighs is told in two voices--Louis C. Lynch (Lucy) and Robert Noonan.
The book starts with the boys as neighbors and elementary schoolmates in the dying fictional tannery town in upstate New York, Thomaston. Most of the story belongs to 60 year old Lucy, who is writing the story of his life. Lucy was never popular and while intelligent, he was more of a plodder. His best and only friend Bobby was brash, over-confident and a fighter. He would also disappear for periods of Lucy's life. During high school, Lucy and Bobby teamed up with Sarah Berg, who becomes Lucy's wife and also figures prominently in the story. Lucy comes from the most stable family, and their family grocery store, Ikey Lubin's, becomes a home for them all. "It was clear that she [Sarah] loved not only the Lynches but also Ikey Lubin's, as if the store satisfied some deep craving, and everything she could ever imagine was right there on the shelves."
While writing his life's story, Lucy and wife Sara are planning a trip to Venice. Lucy's childhood friend is now a famous artist living in this enchanting city. But Lucy does not like leaving Thomaston and his family suspects that he will do something to sabotage the trip. Little does anyone know the scars they all carry from childhood and how that baggage still affects their lives. Also, there are still unresolved issues between Lucy, Sarah and Bobby that need to be addressed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This summer I've been reading all of Richard Russo's books and I think my favorite is Bridge of Sighs. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Nancy A. McDonald
This novel is quite long, but the characters are so true to life. Author Russo has a talent for getting inside the head of his characters, their thoughts, actions, down to the... Read morePublished 14 days ago by elainehh
A wonderful journey through (not-so) ordinary lives in upstate New York. Touching, well paced and sensitive. Russo is a genuine wordsmith and marvelous storyteller.Published 1 month ago by Deborah Androus
Classic Russo, capturing small town family life in the 20th century. In this case, the editor did not serve Russo well--the first two-thirds of the novel is plodding, with... Read morePublished 1 month ago by JLGBklvr
This book is a bit ploddy, but with a keen eye toward human nature.Published 1 month ago by BSteeve
This is not what I've come to know as typical of Russo. It's a good story, but it lacked the humor that I've come to enjoy in his other works. Read morePublished 1 month ago by john brueggeman