6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful and poignant,
This review is from: The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Penguin Modern Classics) (Paperback)
The Bridge of San Luis Rey is a delightful series of vignettes charting the doomed lives of five people in Peru. Wilder reaches dizzying heights of superlative telling in this book. His characters are lessons on how to write. His tragic backgrounds do not tear jerk nor offer crass emotional hooks, he designs as a master craftsman, easing each figure into the narrative with heart, warmth and skill.
Such colourful people inhabit these pages. The brilliance of Wilder's writing shines from every page. This is how writing should be done.
Get this book, read it and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Peruvian life that Wilder offers here. Tragic, heartfelt and ultimately doomed, yet uplifting for all that. Worth more than five stars, see for yourself.