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!