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3.06 out of 53.06 out of 53.06 out of 53.06 out of 53.06 out of 5 3.06 (17 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Willa Cather Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2006 ISBN:
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There is a pleasure in listening to the imagery of Alexander's Bridge that is similar to viewing a beautiful watercolor, as in the following description of a Boston street in late afternoon: The sun sank rapidly; the silvery light had faded from the bare boughs and the watery twilight was setting in when Wilson at last walked down the hill, descending into cooler and cooler depths of grayish shadow.

Against this delicate imagery, Willa Cather renders the tough inner terrain of a man in mid-life crisis. Bartley Alexander is a master bridge engineer. At 43 he is at the height of his power, comfortable with success and all it brings. Yet he yearns for the lost vibrancy of his youth. He leads a double life, veering between his beautiful, accomplished wife and his mistress, an actress he knew as a student in Paris. The conflict creates a crack in the structure of his life that ultimately undermines him.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 2/8/2014

    " Another book on tape. "Alexander's Bridge" is a novella with a dated morality. Bradly (I think) Alexander is an architect/engineer who builds bridges. He is seen by his friend and teacher as a somewhat unstoppable force with flaws. He's idolized by his clever and self-contained wife. He is in love with his wife but when he encounters an old flame, he plans to meet her in London where he is scheduled to be the next summer. He agonizes over his lust for the old flame and his loyalty for his wife and is saved from making a decision about the "right" thing to do by death when one of his bridges collapses. His wife retreats into grieving in a lady-like way. Well written but the issues seem somewhat irrelevant, or perhaps it's not the issues but the pace at which they are either resolved or not. A minor work and probably rightly so. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eileend | 2/3/2014

    " Skip this dog. Even in the preface, Cather admits this isn't her finest work. Trite, and no character is fully sketched out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betty | 1/31/2014

    " I'm reading Cather's novels in order of publication this year (a challenge from the Cather Foundation picked up by a blog I follow). She was 39 when this was published, which accounts for the maturity of the theme (mid-life crisis). It wasn't too hard to predict the outcome of the story, which made it entirely satisfactory when it transpired. I think I would have felt tricked by any other resolution. I look forward to the next work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 1/20/2014

    " Some beautiful writing in this first novel of Willa Cather. I have enjoyed some of her others more, but definitely hints of future excellence here. I did identify with the mid-life feelings of the main character, though his way of dealing with regaining his lost youth was,sadly, not the right way to go. I never really felt like the characters in this novel were quite fleshed out. The analogy of the bridge was a good one, I think, but not very subtle. Early on I predicted what the end would be and I was not the least surprised. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie | 1/20/2014

    " This is Willa Cather's first novel. I hadn't really heard of it, but love her other works, so I tried it out. Her characters and plot line are very Edith Wharton-ish, but not nearly as well-executed. This kind of plot line is unusual for Ms. Cather. In her preface, she sounds like she's making excuses for it not being as good as her other books. I thought it was ok, but now I know why it's not a well-known piece of her work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/17/2014

    " In this her first published novel, Willa Cather is still relying highly on the Jamesian settings and style. But the story is an interesting one that examines the role of the artist and the artistic process, metaphorically "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 1/7/2014

    " Again I love the Barnes and Noble Library of Essential Reading Series, it brings me books I would have missed. Very different style from her other works, not as compelling but interesting and worth a read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Otto | 11/28/2013

    " This is no "My Antonia" or "O Pioneers." Rather, it is a mannered book of Eastern mores of the late 19th century, not at all up to the books for which Cather is known. I was disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 11/26/2013

    " Not my favorite Willa Cather, but a good book. A quick read... I finished it in one day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alaina | 10/4/2013

    " Unsophisticated plot and characters, but charming nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Etta | 2/15/2013

    " I've liked other Willa Cather books much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don | 8/13/2012

    " Early Cather. Better than she herself thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Anne | 9/7/2009

    " This is Willa Cather's first novel. It was very Edith Wharton-y, not Willa Cather-y. I ain't complainin'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 4/2/2008

    " Man builds bridge. Bridge is youth. Bridge falls down. Death of youth. Fin. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sybil | 2/10/2008

    " Trite. Overplayed metaphor between life and life's work stretched to breaking point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly Bluemlein | 11/10/2007

    " Not my favorite Willa Cather book, but still pretty good. I love Willa Cather. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blake Reichenbach | 12/10/2006

    " A beautiful love story as told by Cather. Something about the story reminded me a great deal of Nora and Holly from the TV drama, Brothers and Sisters. "

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About the Author
Author Willa Cather

Willa Cather (1873–1947), the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of more than fifteen books, is widely considered one of the most distinguished American writers of the early twentieth century. She grew up in Nebraska and is best known for her depictions of frontier life on the Great Plains in novels such as O Pioneers!, My Ántonia, and Song of the Lark. In 1944 she was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Fiction.

About the Narrator

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. Marguerite has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career. With over four hundred titles to her credit, her narration spans nearly every genre, from nonfiction to mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and children’s fiction. AudioFile magazine says, “Marguerite Gavin…has a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion.”