Mrs. Bridge

Mrs. Bridge

Book - 2010
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In Mrs. Bridge, Evan S. Connell, a consummate storyteller, artfully crafts a portrait using the finest of details in everyday events and confrontations. With a surgeon's skill, Connell cuts away the middle-class security blanket of uniformity to expose the arrested development underneath--the entropy of time and relationships lead Mrs. Bridge's three children and husband to recede into a remote silence, and she herself drifts further into doubt and confusion. The raised evening newspaper becomes almost a fire screen to deflect any possible spark of conversation. The novel is comprised of vignettes, images, fragments of conversations, events--all building powerfully toward the completed group portrait of a family, closely knit on the surface but deeply divided by loneliness, boredom, misunderstandings, isolation, sexual longing, and terminal isolation. In this special fiftieth anniversary edition, we are reminded once again why Mrs. Bridge has been hailed by readers and critics alike as one of the greatest novels in American literature.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint : Distributed by Publishers Group West, [2010]
Copyright Date: ©1959
ISBN: 9781582435688
Branch Call Number: FIC CONNELL 2010
Characteristics: 244 pages ; 21 cm


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Jul 30, 2017

Readers experience day to day in the lives of the Bridge family like the changing of the seasons that are somewhat predictable yet vary day to day. Despite the 1930's backdrop I keenly identified with the characters. The retro aspect was enjoyable - their Lincoln that measured the length of their pantry, the Heywood Duncan's, Mrs. Bridge saying the familiar "It's for the best."Families, like the Bridges, have there hierarchy of members. Mrs. Bridge, the dutiful, unfulfilled wife. The creative son, the secretive and the "good" daughter. Mr. Bridge, the work-at-all-costs for the family. The context of the story reminded me somewhat of the movie "The Help" where one could see the custom of the time for what it was. Here there was less intent to expose upper class behavior than to see into their emotions and desires and disappointment.

Apr 22, 2015

Very well-written. A solid yet sympathetic critique of a shallow woman and her era. Loved the short chapter structure. Despite its simplicity, very thought-provoking and interesting.

Aug 01, 2012

The empty, surburban life of the upper middle class in America. Of the same time and feel as "Revolutionary Road".


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