The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
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"On Friday noon, July the twentieth, 1714, the finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipitated five travelers into the gulf below." With this celebrated sentence, Thornton Wilder begins The Bridge of San Luis Rey, one of the towering achievements in American fiction and a novel read throughout the world.

By chance, a monk witnesses the tragedy. Brother Juniper seeks to prove that it was divine intervention rather than chance that led to the deaths of those who perished in the tragedy. His study leads to his own death -- and to the author's timeless investigation into the nature of love and the meaning of the human condition.

The Bridge of San Luis Rey is now reissued in this handsome hardcover edition featuring a new foreword by Russell Banks. Tappan Wilder has written an engaging and thought-provoking afterword, which includes unpublished notes for the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, illuminating photographs, and other remarkable documentary material. Granville Hicks's insightful comment about Wilder suggests an inveterate truth: "As a craftsman he is second to none, and there are few who have looked deeper into the human heart."

 

About Thornton Wilder

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One of America's most acclaimed and beloved writers, Thornton Wilder (1897-1975) was a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner for his acclaimed novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey and his full-length dramas Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth. Wilder's numerous other honors include the Gold Medal for Fiction of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the National Book Committee's Medal for Literature.
 
Published February 25, 2014 by Harper Perennial. 179 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Education & Reference, War, Political & Social Sciences, Romance, Religion & Spirituality, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Examiner

and finally, Mark Polish and Michael Polish as a pair of Peruvian Indian twins who communicate using a language of their own.

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The Independent

The first sentence - spare, precise and matter-of-fact - plunges the reader into the heart of the book as surely as its characters are plunged into the gorge beneath the bridge: 'On Friday noon, July the twentieth, 1714, the finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipitated five travellers into th...

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Washington Independent Review of Books

We start the new year of slow reads with a work familiar to many readers yet no less worthy of multiple readings: The Bridge of San Luis Rey by the American novelist and playwright Thornton Wilder (April 17, 1897 – December 7, 1975).

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Variety

Stately, good-looking and ambitious, "The Bridge of San Luis Rey" nonetheless wobbles like the renowned construction of the title.

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PBS Parents

In the story, as Mary Alice Williams reports, a monk, Brother Juniper, poses the question he then tries to answer.

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