Saturday, November 27, 2010

Bridge on the San Luis Rey: A Quick Review

The Bridge of San Luis ReyThe Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder

It was a good short read, about relationships.  A book that is  a morality tale about the sorted lives of five victims of a collapsed bridge.  
The bridge collapses as the key relationships in the characters lives fall apart.
 Not sure why it was on the list for the 200 best books from the Modern Library.  It seems that a number of books in the Modern Library 200 are not enjoyed by everyone.  Come join the group on Good Reads Modern Library 100.    But at least it was short, and to the point, and did not meander through the valley.

Themes Expressed in the Book:
Self Justification.
Fate: Only thing certain is death.  And no ones knows when death will knock at ones door.
Do 5 (innocent?) people matter? Worthyness of all God's creatures?
Can you put a number value on people?

#95 on the Modern Library Readers Top Novel List
I have so far read the following books out of the List-

  1. Mulengro - Charles De Lint
  2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  3.  A Farewell to Arms by Hemingway 
  4. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
  5. The Bridge on the San Louis Rey by Thornton Wilder 
  6. Dune by Frank Herbert 
  7. Catch 22  
So Far I rate them the following: 
  1. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
  2. Dune by Frank Herbert 
  3. Catch 22 
  4. Mulengro by Charles De Lint
  5. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradburry
  6. A Farewell to Arms by Hemingway
  7. The Bridge on the San Louis Rey by Thronton Wilder 

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