Mrs Bridge - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)Evan S. Connell (author)
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Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 157 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 12 mm
It is very, very funny, often moving and sad, and written with an uncompromising realism that one rarely comes across. To me the Bridges were a revelation: I cannot recommend them too highly * Daily Telegraph *
I've re-read about two books in my entire life, and this is the first time that I have finished reading something and then immediately returned to the beginning to read it again. It's incredible. It's one of the best books I've ever read -- Ross Raisin, author of 'God's Own Country' and 'Waterline'
Intimate ... affecting ... very funny ... Mrs Bridge is a reflection of you and me, an exemplar of our shared humanity -- Joshua Ferris, author of 'Then We Came to the End' and 'The Unnamed'
Written from a kind of tilted, ironic angle, it's often very funny... and if this were all Mrs Bridge was, it would still be one of the sharper novels about mid-20th-century domestic life. But Mrs Bridge is so much more than that...It's a book that is smart and knowing and makes its reader feel as if they're in on a joke, while at the same time gradually coaxing them to feel more and more empathy for its vaguely absurd main character, and ultimately playing them like an emotional Stradivarius * Guardian *
Connell never mocks or condescends, but wrings every drop of comedy and pathos from his hidebound heroine's predicament * Sunday Telegraph *
Evan S. Connell's portrayal of the decline and fall of a 1950s Kansas City housewife charts perfectly the tragedy of the unexamined life * Observer *
An exquisite mixture of sympathy and ironic detachment...Connell's writing has a terse, hard-bitten flavour, but the chapters tend to resolve themselves into resonant, Austen-like aphorisms: "While marriage might be an equitable affair, love itself was not." * Independent *
For all their satire and dark implications, the novels of the Bridge family remain in the memory as triumphs of faultless realism. Mr. Connell's art is one of restraint and perfect mimicry * The New York Times *
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I had never heard of Mrs Bridge before this book was re-released but I am so glad to have read it now! Evan S. Connell reminded me of Nancy Mitford, a male, American Nancy Mitford anyway. Mrs Bridge is a rich upper... More
“A little gem”
At first, I had to get used to the oddly abrupt chapter endings, but then it all made perfect sense. Little vignettes, sometimes seemingly random, sometimes forming a bigger story arc, reveal the life of Mrs Bridge,... More
Thank you Penguin for reissuing the wonderful Mrs Bridge.
This gentle and wise book completely enchanted me. The vignettes which describe Mrs Bridge's life are a constant reminder to how brief and fragile life is... More
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