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Bridge of Sighs Hardcover – 25 Sep 2007

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 527 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group; 1 edition (25 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375414959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375414954
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 4.4 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,799,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Unfolding slowly and in minute detail ... at its best when it evokes the rhythms of blue-collar family life in upstate New York in the 1950s and 60s" (Metro)

"Russo's state-of-the-nation novel is a complex read, but totally engrossing" (Marie Claire)

"In graceful, elegiac sentences...Pulitzer Prize-winning Russo exposes the dark heart of the American Dream" (Daily Mail)

"Richly evocative and beautifully wrought...a novel of great warmth, charm and intimacy...sharp, funny storytelling" (New York Times)

"No novelist working today can better capture the rhythms of small-town life, from its comic idiosyncrasies to its wicked undercurrents of gossip and prejudice" (Sunday Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A big new American novel for our times, by the Pulitzer prize-winning author of Empire Falls, about innocence and cynicism, optimism and despair, mining the secrets of society and the human heart in a rich, dramatic and big-hearted story of families and growing up, and the secrets which define a community - rich, sinuous and surprising, with new and darker undercurrents. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I never doubted when I started reading that this was a good book. It had all the necessary ingredients; good writing , engaging story full of likeable characters, interesting insights into their psychological make up, enough pages to be sure that we would really know the characters by the time we left them...And yet, at times, reading it would gently send me to sleep! However once I reached the middle I stopped feeling sleepy and finished it in two days. On the whole it is a book I would not hesitate to recommend. It will not be the best book you have ever read but it will give you a non-negligible amount of pleasure, and you will spend a good many hours with characters who ring true and whose foibles are all so human, easily recognisable in many of us but made more interesting by their transposition into good quality fiction.
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Richard Russo is one of a half-dozen authors whose books I buy sight unseen. I have laughed and cried reading his novels, especially my favorite, Nobody's Fool, but also the chilling Empire Falls and the burlesque Straight Man.

So I was delighted to get yet another novel from an author who doesn't write as much as I'd like, and it's a big meaty one. As one of the other reviewers pointed out, you want your favorite authors' books to be like his or her other books, but you want them to be different. And Bridge of Sighs is about as different as possible from Russo's other books, yet at the same time his depth of character, humanism and touching details are ever-present.

The story tells the tale of Lou C. Lynch (nicknamed Lucy), and his relationship with his family, his only friend, and eventually his girlfriend who will later become his wife. It's vintage Russo in his characterization and portrayal of small-town America, a tiny slice of life of a small town in upstate New York. This is what's called a "character-driven novel", where the plot itself is dependent on the characters and their actions, and that explains why some reviewers found the book "slow" or "wordy". Russo weaves a tapestry of the events in his characters' lives, their feelings, and their thoughts.

I won't deny that I was a bit thrown by this book after a while. But I trusted Russo to bring this story to a moving conclusion, and had tears in my eyes during the final chapter. If you don't have patience to read a true stylist and, in my opinion, on of America's finest character authors, you'd best avoid this book. But if you are willing to give yourself up to Russo's world for more than 500 pages, you'll be much the richer. As always, Russo gives a great story, with moving, real people in events that you can imagine occurring to you. A great read indeed.
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Ask what "Bridge of Sighs" is about and you're confronted with a myriad of potential answers. It's about life in a small town you say, or perhaps the pursuit of the American dream. Maybe it's really about realism versus idealism, or family dynamics, or the class, racial and economic division within a community. Truth be told it's about all of these, but ultimately it's a story of despair and unresolved emotional attachments.

Richard Russo has liberally peppered his narrative with fascinating characters, and taken a perceptive look at the anxieties, doubts and situations experienced in youth that are the stone from which the identity of each character is carved. We have our protagonist Lou (Lucy) Lynch filled with naïve idealism and ever present optimism, a trait that he inherited from his father. Tessa, his mother, is the unfaltering realist with a pragmatic approach to living life. Tommy Marconi (Noonan) - is a man Lucy considers to be his friend.....a man who uses his artistic talent as an outlet for his rage and for who control is a requisite for living.

Other characters, wives, lovers, parents, sons, and friends are intricately woven through this multi-faceted story creating depth and adding dimension to a tale that, like Russo's Empire Falls, can barely be contained between the covers of this novel.

Bridge of Sighs makes one unmistakable point----- we are all an amalgamation of the parental input, life experiences and insights that have brought us to a metaphorical bridge. We can choose to cross the proffered bridge or fall into the chasm of memories (some of which may be clouded by time and age).
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I have read all of Richard Russo's books after being passed 'Empire Falls' by my dad, and then being a Russo fan from that point on. I must confess I that I did buy this book hoping that it would be as laugh out loud funny as I found 'Empire Falls' and 'The Straight Man' (my favourite of all his novels).

Although the humour was more in the study of the 'human condition' as I think one of the other reviewers refers to it, the book was no less enjoyable for it. For a book of this length to be such an easy read, and for the characters to stay with you once you have closed the cover is a mark of its merits I think.

I read this book on holiday and so finished it in 2 days, but even when I had moved on to my next holiday read I still found myself wondering what the characters in 'Bridge of Sighs' were doing. I love the way Russo paints America and would recommend this particular book to anyone who enjoys the type of book which immerses you in someone else's life, and which lets you have a little bit of escapism.
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