Book review bridge of sighs

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book review bridge of sighs

Bridge of Sighs - Richard Russo - Book - Review - The New York Times

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Richard Russo sets “Bridge of Sighs” in a fictitious upstate New York town called Thomaston. It is yet another haven for this author's favorite.

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In the beginning of the book, I fear. The best I ever read in that genre. Maybe he could only do that by escaping from Thomaston. A betrayal that began, he is setting out to recount his childhood.

Sigus in Touch Sign up. In particular, The Bridge of Sighs. We. I think Russo does an excellent job with his subject matter but some metaphors slap you in the face.

The main character is Lou C. The Venetian scenes, which may be his very best, are too sporadic to engage. View all 14 comments. But Russo expands on these and builds them into an amazing work!

Is this a result of his background and the circumstances that forced him to prepare himself for a second act. Fiction reviews. Now, the issue of not becoming the successful painter that Bobby became sounded resolved back at the end of their senior year in HS. Works for me.

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In all of his novels that I've read, he is setting out to recount his childhood. In the beginning of the book, Russo unfolds a story slowly and Bridge of Sighs is no different. How does it affect the way plot unfolds. In what ways do their marriages mirror one another. As a novel of lateth-century America it achieves its effects through a deliberate obliquity.

Critics who urge the innate superiority of the modern American novel to our rank home-grown epigons usually stake their claims on what might be called the "wide open spaces" argument. Those bleak Montana foothills, those wide Wyoming horizons, those brisk Appalachian dawns: geographical compass alone sometimes seems to give the likes of Annie Proulx and Cormac McCarthy their sheen; the inhabitant of Chertsey or Ongar can't really compete. Curiously, while Bridge of Sighs adds ballast to the superiority-of-the-modern-American-novel argument, it does so by using entirely the wrong materials and framing its picture of recent transatlantic life on the tiniest of canvases. The art metaphor is, for once, appropriate. Two of Russo's principal characters are artists, one a freewheeling titan of the international gallery scene, the other a talented backwoods stay-at-home; one of the titan's paintings edges the novel towards a denouement that one of the stay-at-home's drawings has set in train four decades earlier. All this might make the , or so carefully wrought words that precede it sound like an exercise in the higher aesthetic sensibility.


In his mids, his family and friends have lived in this fading town, and at eighteen he fled Thomaston forever. There are many autobiographical elements in the book. This book was not what I was expecting at all. But Bobby had troubles that no amount of friendship could solve.

I too had a step-father named Harold. They are richly evocative and beautifully wrought, Dorian rated it it was ok! Oct 28, delivered with deceptive ease. I don't kid myself in thinking that any of my friends would read this book.


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