Bridge of Clay

Bridge of Clay

Book - 2018 | First edition
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The breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father's disappearance. At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge--for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, for a miracle. The question is, how far is Clay willing to go? And how much can he overcome?
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781984830159 hardcover
1984830155 hardcover
9780375594595 library binding
0375594590 library binding
9780375845598 hardcover signed edition
0375845593 hardcover signed edition
electronic book
Branch Call Number: Y ZUSAK
Characteristics: 537 pages ; 24 cm


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from the author of The Book Thief. This one is dense and thoughtful, with many references to the Odyssey.

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Feb 12, 2019

I almost never give up on a book, however, I made this book the exception. I had very high hopes for this novel because I thought "The Book Thief" was excellent. I read one third of "Bridge of Clay" and did not bond with any characters except the mother and she was already dead!! When you do not care what happens to the people you need to give up, so I did. Cannot recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

JCLKariE Feb 07, 2019

Markus Zusak has written an epic poem paying homage to the Iliad and the Odyssey through a family dealing with tragedy and loss. The sentences are complex, full of metaphors, and fascinating turns of phrase making this a novel you could read again and again. The five Dunbar boys are their mother, Penelope, are so well crafted I feel like I was part of the family for a while. And what a family it is. Matthew writes this tale on the family typewriter dug up from the backyard of his father's childhood home. Rory, Henry, Tommy, Clay and Matthew raise themselves after their mother passes away and their father leaves. When their father returns with a request to help him build a bridge, the family secrets and history unfurl in bits and pieces. Bridge of Clay is beautiful, touching, and emotional. Power through the confusion you'll feel during the first 100 pages and you will be richly rewarded.

Nov 30, 2018

This is a powerful story. Zusak uses spare, expressive prose to tell the Dunbar family story. The story begins with the beginning of the writing. Then we follow the saga from two separate vantage points that converge before the end. For those like me who love a pithy turn of phrase, this is the book for you. At times I found myself rereading passages to savor them and absorb all the nuances. This is not a beach read, but it is well worth the time. Although the setting is not as compelling as in "The Book Thief" I believe this work to be as notable in its own way.

Nov 16, 2018

Meet the Dunbar boys - Matthew, Rory, Henry, Clayton & Thomas. "A family of ramshackle tragedy". That sets the tone for the whole book. It is a tragic and beautiful story about a family that I grew to love. But let me tell you what expect. This is not an easy read. It is not something you can casually and comfortably read. It is a bit of hard work, especially in the beginning when you won't know what is going on. The writing will challenge you. It is often fragmented and poetic. It will force you to concentrate and you'll find yourself re-reading sentences to make sure you got it right. It is not at all linear. However you do get used to the style and I grew to love it. I really can't imagine it being written any other way without diminishing the effect of the narrative. The relationships in this book touched me deeply, both the romantic relationships and the connection between the Dunbar brothers. This holds the status of my favourite book of the year and is a real labour of love from the author. I feel like he must have left a little piece of himself in the pages. If you have the patience and time to do right by this book, I would highly recommend it.

JCLEmmaF Nov 16, 2018

How do I begin? It's beautiful and warm. I don't know what it is about Zusak's books that always make me want to start over as soon as I finish, to stew in the families he's built. Honestly, the first 150 pages or so were quite hard to get through. After that though, after he lets go of being overly lyrical and vague, I love it, so much. Beautiful. So glad I read it.

DCLteens Nov 12, 2018

A Must-Read Young Adult pick. It’s been more than a decade since Zusak brought us "The Book Thief." Get in line for this highly anticipated novel about five brothers, a disappearance, and, of course, a bridge!


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