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on 2 February 2012
This short book is different from most in that the subjects discussed are not unusual or different but the idea that fate decided that they would all be at the same place at the same time is an interesting viewpoint. The notion that the lives the people lived led them to this point where they were all together and died due to a bridge that collapsed and that there was some meaning to it is open to philosophical debate. The five characters are described in detail and the lives they were leading and the preceding events that lead up to the crossing of the bridge are explained but you are left to decide for yourself whether there was any significance to their deaths. Was it simply being at the wrong place at the wrong time or was it payback for previous bad decisions they made? An interesting way of looking at the events - that actions in life can change fate - 'you reap what you sow' - an enjoyable book which I am glad I read - it made me think!
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on 26 October 2016
Perhaps this is a book that needs to be read a few times in order to fully appreciate its mystery. It's the sort of book that makes you think about yourself and your attitudes to life. I must confess that I was a little disappointed when I finished and had the feeling that I had missed something, hence the need for a re-read.
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on 28 April 2016
Deep and thought-provoking story which deserves to be listed amongst the essential literature for any reader. I would have come to a different conclusion from that of the writer, but really good literature lets you do that.
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on 30 August 2016
Thornton Wilder starts from the assumption that every life has interest and value. In documenting the lives of five Peruvian individuals who died in a spectacular disaster, he draws us into the world of Peruvian society, and into their vanities and concerns. Convincingly set within its culture and truly benevolent in judgement. A book of unique flavour.
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on 10 August 2017
Only a short story but a classic and most enjoyable read
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on 29 December 2017
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on 2 February 2017
just what we expected
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on 14 November 2015
Arrived almost instantly with a compliments slip. Great condition and a good read after a Radio 4 recommendation.
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on 29 April 2018
Clean copy as described.
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on 22 February 2013
It is a book I last read over 50 years ago, and the pleasure of reading it was enhanced by the fact that it was the same edition. It is a beautifully written story of how individuals, having no connection with each other, are brought together by their use of the Bridge of San Luis Rey.
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