Mr. Bridge

Mr. Bridge

Book - 2005
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Walter Bridge is an ambitious lawyer who redoubles his efforts and time at the office whenever he sense that his family needs something, even when what they need is more of him and less of his money. Affluence, material assets, and comforts create a cocoon of community respectability that cloaks the void within--not the skeleton in the closet but a black hole swallowing the whole household.
The Bridge novels have been recognized as classics during their author's lifetime. With their shared ability to capture the manners and mores of the American upper middle class, Connell has done for the late thirties what Sinclair Lewis did for the twenties.
Publisher: Berkeley, [Calif.] : Counterpoint, 2005
Edition: First Shoemaker and Hoard paperback edition
ISBN: 9781593760601
1593760604
Branch Call Number: FIC CONNELL 2005
Characteristics: 367 pages ; 21 cm

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Feb 24, 2019

I LOVED "Mrs. Bridge", Connell's first novel about the Bridge marriage and family. I commented:

"I look forward to reading the companion, "Mr. Bridge". Connell's writing is so good that I wish he had written companion novels for the three Bridge children too!"

So I am genuinely sad to report that the experience of reading "Mr. Bridge" was a disappointment. I was expecting a deeper and more balanced portrait of the remote man portrayed in "Mrs". Instead he emerges as an even more unsympathetic person. Connell seems determined to relay every excruciating detail of the man's every petty thought and action toward other people. I grew so weary of these recitations that i nearly gave up on the book halfway through.
I kept reading for the intermittent glimpses of India Bridge trying and failing to genuinely connect with her husband. Whenever he writes about India, there is a luminosity to Connell's writing that is largely absent elsewhere in the book. There is more about the three Bridge children in the book, and much more about their housekeeper, but nothing to significantly add to their stories as relayed in "Mrs", or to alter my perceptions of who they became.

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