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Mrs Bridge Paperback – 1 Sep 1990

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Product details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: North Point Press; Reissue edition (Sept. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865470561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865470569
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 14 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 575,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A hell of a portrait." --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""The reissue of these classic American novels is an event to be celebrated.... Mr. and Mrs. Bridge are forever human, forever vulnerable, forever pitiable. In spare, whimsical, ironic prose, Connell exposes each and every one of their wrinkles and then, in the, offers them to us as human beings to be cherished." --Jonathan Yardley

About the Author

Evan Connell's other novels include "Mr. Bridge," "The Diary of a Rapist," and "The Connoisseur," He has also written short stories, collected in" Saint Augustine's Pigeon," book-length poems ("Notes From a Bottle Found On the Beach at Carmel" and" Points for a Compass Rose") and nonfiction (most recently the best-selling" Son of the Morning Star"). All of these titles are available from North Point Press.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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By Eleanor TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Jun. 2012
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Mrs Bridge is a housewife in the country-club district of Kansas City, Missouri. She hardly sees her husband who works long hours so that she can spend her days in 'exquisite idleness' - an idleness which threatens to drive her insane. Mrs Bridge is very much a product of her time: she has free time but no freedom, she is afraid to depart from a pleasant but bland demeanour, and she is just as much constrained by her own ignorance and lack of imagination as by the social structures of the thirties and forties.

Connell's narrative is ironic and disingenuous. In 117 very short chapters we are presented with episodes in Mrs Bridges's life, sometimes funny in their banality, sometimes biting in their social observations which are uneditorialized but unforgiving. There is the danger that the reader ends up smugly mocking Mrs Bridge, but Connell allows us to pity her to the point where this becomes a deeply sad and rather frightening book.

Mr Bridge remains in the background, only sometimes tantalizingly coming to the fore. Connell wrote a companion novel "Mr Bridge" which is soon to be published in Penguin Modern Classics: I can't wait to see the same decades through his eyes. Meanwhile this Penguin Modern Classic comes with an excellent introduction by Joshua Ferris.
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By Wynne Kelly TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Oct. 2012
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Mrs Bridge is written in the form of short vignettes. These are funny, poignant and intriguing - like dozens of short stories. The book is set in the 1930s and 1940s in Kansas City and reflects on Mrs Bridge's rather empty life as she moves from household tasks to charity work to entertaining and party-going. She has a very comfortable life with a successful husband and three thriving children but everything seems to be a disappointment to her. Her husband is distant and none of her children turn out quite how she would have wished. (If only she could have had complete power over them!) Even her maid treats her with a sort of benign contempt. Many readers may find themselves envying her advantages. Harriet the maid does the cooking and cleaning and Ingrid does all the laundry. But Mrs Bridge does not know what to do with all the time available to her. She resolves to learn a foreign language or to read something serious but never really gets started on anything.

What this book describes beautifully is the way in which women like her found themselves hamstrung by social conventions of the time. Her daughter befriends Alice a "coloured girl". Alice is bright and inventive and an ideal friend for Carolyn but Mrs Bridge makes sure the friendship is only fleeting. She would not be able to verbalise the problem - she just knew it was not right. Later she is unable to inform any of her friends that her daughter is engaged because her fiancé is the son of a plumber.

Much of the book is a reflection of the mores of the time. When her daughter tells her that her husband had hit her Mrs Bridge replies: "You must have done something to provoke. Didn't you?"

This is a fascinating book of quiet desperation as a woman's world spins out of control.
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I can't help feeling that this book's cover is seriously misleading. The Telegraph's endorsement, in big print, begins "Very, very funny..." On the front cover, Dorothy Parker is quoted, "How it is done, I wish I knew." So, you begin reading with high expectations about the humour of the book you've just picked up.

Don't get me wrong. This IS a funny book - just not as simply funny as you might have thought from the cover. Poor Mrs Bridge is trapped in a perfect suburban life, perfectly described in a series of piercingly short chapters - each one a pin in the placid doll of Mrs Bridge.

We are invited to laugh at Mrs Bridge because she isn't a simple victim of fate. She actively colludes in circumscribing her own horizons, whilst recognising and mourning what is becoming of her. One night, as she spreads cold cream over her face, `she considered her fingers, which dipped into the jar of their own accord. Rapidly, soundlessly, she was disappearing into white, sweetly scented anonymity. Gratified by this she smiled, and perceived a few seconds later that beneath the mask she was not smiling. All the same, being committed, there was nothing to do but proceed.'
It's a beautifully crafted book - and a thoroughly uncomfortable read for any of us who has put off doing that bigger, more difficult thing that will open our horizons, to turn instead to doing the ironing, making a cup of tea or picking up a magazine. Essential reading!
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By FLB TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Dec. 2012
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This funny little book was most unusual, badged as a Penguin modern classic I can't say I entirely disagree. The book is short at only just over 180 pages, it is an easy one sitting read , but that is not to say the storyline or the characters are 'easy'. The story is sad, bittersweet, a bit depressing at times, but above all I found it quite amusing, I chuckled at quite a few of the paragraphs (which are also very short). I could see myself in some of the situations and I was able to laugh at them even more then.

I think that overall this book is very cleverly written, it sets you up to form an initial opinion of Mrs Bridge and then by the time you have finished you may see her reflected in yourself, but in a slightly disquieting way.....and then your opinion may change.

A good read but not a 'feel good' read - I would recommend it regardless!
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