Bridge of Clay

Bridge of Clay

Book - 2018
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The Dunbar boys bring each other up in a house run by their own rules. A family of ramshackle tragedy - their mother is dead, their father has fled - they love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world. It is Clay, the quiet one, who will build a bridge; for his family, for his past, for his sins. He's building a bridge to transcend humanness. To survive. A miracle and nothing less. Markus Zusak makes his long-awaited return with a profoundly heartfelt and inventive novel about a family held together by stories, and a young life caught in the current: a boy in search of greatness, as a cure for a painful past.
Publisher: Sydney, New South Wales :, Picador,, 2018.
ISBN: 9781743534816
Characteristics: 583 pages ; 25 cm.


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Feb 18, 2019

I read this for the "A Book Featuring Music" part of my 2019 reading challenge. I didn't love it, the plot was jumpy and all over the place, and I found there weren't enough details for the parts I actually wanted to know about. It was almost a 3, but I didn't enjoy it enough.

Feb 12, 2019

I almost never give up on a book, however, I made this book the exception. I had very high hopes for this novel because I thought "The Book Thief" was excellent. I read one third of "Bridge of Clay" and did not bond with any characters except the mother and she was already dead!! When you do not care what happens to the people you need to give up, so I did. Cannot recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

JCLKariE Feb 07, 2019

Markus Zusak has written an epic poem paying homage to the Iliad and the Odyssey through a family dealing with tragedy and loss. The sentences are complex, full of metaphors, and fascinating turns of phrase making this a novel you could read again and again. The five Dunbar boys are their mother, Penelope, are so well crafted I feel like I was part of the family for a while. And what a family it is. Matthew writes this tale on the family typewriter dug up from the backyard of his father's childhood home. Rory, Henry, Tommy, Clay and Matthew raise themselves after their mother passes away and their father leaves. When their father returns with a request to help him build a bridge, the family secrets and history unfurl in bits and pieces. Bridge of Clay is beautiful, touching, and emotional. Power through the confusion you'll feel during the first 100 pages and you will be richly rewarded.

Nov 30, 2018

This is a powerful story. Zusak uses spare, expressive prose to tell the Dunbar family story. The story begins with the beginning of the writing. Then we follow the saga from two separate vantage points that converge before the end. For those like me who love a pithy turn of phrase, this is the book for you. At times I found myself rereading passages to savor them and absorb all the nuances. This is not a beach read, but it is well worth the time. Although the setting is not as compelling as in "The Book Thief" I believe this work to be as notable in its own way.

Nov 16, 2018

Meet the Dunbar boys - Matthew, Rory, Henry, Clayton & Thomas. "A family of ramshackle tragedy". That sets the tone for the whole book. It is a tragic and beautiful story about a family that I grew to love. But let me tell you what expect. This is not an easy read. It is not something you can casually and comfortably read. It is a bit of hard work, especially in the beginning when you won't know what is going on. The writing will challenge you. It is often fragmented and poetic. It will force you to concentrate and you'll find yourself re-reading sentences to make sure you got it right. It is not at all linear. However you do get used to the style and I grew to love it. I really can't imagine it being written any other way without diminishing the effect of the narrative. The relationships in this book touched me deeply, both the romantic relationships and the connection between the Dunbar brothers. This holds the status of my favourite book of the year and is a real labour of love from the author. I feel like he must have left a little piece of himself in the pages. If you have the patience and time to do right by this book, I would highly recommend it.

JCLEmmaF Nov 16, 2018

How do I begin? It's beautiful and warm. I don't know what it is about Zusak's books that always make me want to start over as soon as I finish, to stew in the families he's built. Honestly, the first 150 pages or so were quite hard to get through. After that though, after he lets go of being overly lyrical and vague, I love it, so much. Beautiful. So glad I read it.

DCLteens Nov 12, 2018

A Must-Read Young Adult pick. It’s been more than a decade since Zusak brought us "The Book Thief." Get in line for this highly anticipated novel about five brothers, a disappearance, and, of course, a bridge!

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