Sunday, January 20, 2008

Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo

From inside dust jacket (because I couldn't say it like this if you paid me a million bucks): Bridge of Sighs is classic Russo, coursing with small-town rhythms and the claims of family, yet it is brilliantly enlarged by an expatriate whose motivations and experiences - often contrary, sometimes not - prove every bit as mesmerizing as they resonate through these richly different lives. Here is a town, as well as a world defined by magnificent and nearly devastating contradictions.

Sounds good, doesn't it?

It's rare when I can say that I truly wish a novel would never end,especially when that novel is 528 pages long! But I can honestly say that about Bridge of Sighs. Russo is a mastermind at picking you up and depositing you in a small town, filled with all the charming and not-so-charming characters you would expect to find in one. When I read his books, I feel like I am there, like I know these people. When I finished his Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Empire Falls, I told my husband, I was almost wondering what was going to happen to the characters next. It's the same with this book, I wonder about the children, how would they grow up, what would happen to the main character as he aged more. I know that some people reviewed that it was long and somewhat drawn-out, but those that loved it said the same thing I did..wonderful storytelling and characters you care about.

Plus, I get to cross this off my Notable Books Challenge and the Chunkster Challenge!


J.C. Montgomery said...

Thanks for a wonderful review. Yet another one for the TBR. *sigh*

Hmmm, if I keep adding good, long books like these - not only am I going to have to add more shelves, I may just have to consider reinforcing the floor.

Jill said...

This book is on my list to read for the Notable Books challenge too. I enjoyed Empire Falls, so I am enthusiastic about tackling this chunkster, especially after reading your review!


raidergirl3 said...

I never hear of Russo before this year, and now he's everywhere I look.
I'll try Empire Falls first, you made it sound great.

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