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Mrs. Bridge: A Novel Paperback – January 5, 2010
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"When I think about [Mrs. Bridge]. . . a variant of this exchange occurs to me: If you have already read it, that’s wonderful, for chances are you love it too, and know how brilliant it is. And if you haven’t read it, or perhaps have never even heard of it, well, that’s wonderful too, because you are still lucky enough to be able to read it for the first time. . . Again and again. . . I find myself being a Mrs. Bridge evangelist, telling them that it’s a perfect novel, and then pressing copies on them. . . What writing! Economical, piquant, beautiful, true." —Meg Wolitzer, The New York Times
"Mr. Connell writes of this woman without patronage, without snickers, without, indeed, any comment whatever on what he sets down of her life. He tells her story, less in sketches than in paragraphs, and how it is done I only wish I knew, but he makes Mrs. Bridge, her husband and her children and her neighbors understandable and, because understandable, moving, in his few taut words."" —Dorothy Parker, Esquire
""Mrs. Bridge is a hell of a portrait . . . She's as real and as pathetic and as sad as any character I have read in a long time."" —Wallace Stegner
""For all their satire and dark implications, the novels of the Bridge family remain in the memory as triumphs of faultless realism. Mr. Connell's art is one of restraint and perfect mimicry." —The New York Times
About the Author
- Publisher : Counterpoint; Anniversary edition (January 5, 2010)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1582435685
- ISBN-13 : 978-1582435688
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.48 x 0.7 x 7.97 inches
- Customer Reviews:
"A timely novel highlighting the worth and delicate nature of Nature itself." -Delia Owens Learn more
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The the book is that it is indicative of the time and of the social strata. It is almost written like a diary. Daily events are jotted down. A glimpse of Mrs. Bridge’s thoughts and activities are recorded as are her longings, her feelings as a wife and a mother.
The book is poignant, funny, evocative, capturing a time and place so well.
Both books explore the world of the 1920s to the 1940s of a conventional couple trying to live with both social expectations and the handling of three difficult children but seemingly incapable of handling either. The dysfunction leads to wide gaps in the emotional relationship between them and their children and with each other.
Once again I appreciate Connell’s story and his writing skills. India Bridge suffers with many demons. She is insecure, bored, missing earlier romantic moments with her husband, and feeling estranged from her children. I find her to be extremely interesting; someone yearning for understanding and affection, and putting out desperate feelers for friendship. She is awkward and forward in her search and the results are both painful and humorous. Not surprisingly, her attempt to tell Mr. Bridge that she needs therapy for her unease results in rather abrupt dismissal, typical of their relationship..
At first glance it would seem that she has everything needed for a satisfied existence. She enjoys wealth, a live-in housekeeper, a laundress, a magnificent home, friends, and leisure time for special pursuits. Her husband is not attentive and her children treat her unkindly for her attempts at motherhood. Her friends are mostly superficial and pursue incompatible interests. She has no regular activities that keep her involved and focused: As a result, time drags, leading to boredom and excessive introspection.
Connell is a magnificent writer. He is not judgmental, nor does he expect his readers to follow any predisposed opinions. He lays out the story and leaves the reader to make of it as they see fit, making any resemblance to one’s own existence to be in the beholder’s eye. It is intriguing, however, to recognize how he has discerned the ordinary human condition.
I strongly recommend both MR. BRIDGE and MRS. BRIDGE as great literary adventures. While not runaway best sellers, both books have sold steadily and in good numbers. I find them very enjoyable.
Schuyler T Wallace
Author of TIN LIZARD TALES