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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (547 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Evan Connell Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN:
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A lawyer with a growing stockpile of securities in the bank, three beautiful children, a compliant and decorative wife, and a lovely house in the suburbs, Walter Bridge has achieved all that is expected of someone of his race and background. But try as he might to control the lives of those around him, they prove perversely independent. In Mr. Bridge and its companion, Mrs. Bridge, Evan S. Connell has brilliantly realized the lives of upper-middle-class Americans living in the years just before and during World War II.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/20/2014

    " This is a very well written book and is a fabulous slice of life in the 30s and early 40s. Mr. Bridge is an upstanding man, but he is very stuck in his ways. A bit frustrating at times because he thinks only one way: the right way. Still a very interesting book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn Mckinney | 2/3/2014

    " Fascinating character obviously puzzled by his family and changing times. If set in today's time, Mr. Bridge's inflexible views would be very costly..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 2/3/2014

    " 10 years later, we get the other side of the story. I liked it a tad less than Mrs, but together, the whole is a work of art, sublime American realist fiction in a delicate, refined, ironic mode. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 peter | 2/1/2014

    " A deeply realistic and loosely plotted view into the "average American" mind. Imagine a more readable Ulysses, if Bloom was a stodgy midwesterner. Connell manages to avoid what must have been a sore temptation to add outsized drama and focuses on the small triumphs and minor heartaches that frame most of our lives. The book is incredibly well summed-up in the eponymous Mr. Bridge's closing thoughts on happiness: "But not joy. No, that belonged to simpler minds". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deonne Kahler | 1/30/2014

    " I read this in one day and loved it. I'm interested in Connell's use of short vignettes instead of traditional chapters (thinking about playing with that in my writing), and his portrait of the supremely controlled and unfeeling - oblivious, even - patriarch of the Bridge family is spot on. There's humor despite the bleak story, and the ending totally satisfies. Recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iva | 1/23/2014

    " The realism of Cheever, Updike and Yates takes place between WWI and WWII. Mr. Bridge's reactions to his privileged life in Kansas City is a consistent theme. Written in short chapters, with Mr. Bridge present in all of them, his lack of emotional response is expected and is somehow comforting. His family fascinates; I could have read about them much longer than the 300+ pages here. This is the companion to Mrs. Bridge written ten years earlier. A memorable and unique reading experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/14/2014

    " This had a little less impact on me than Mrs. Bridge, perhaps because this time I had a better sense what to expect. Still terrific, though, with a wonderfully rueful ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 12/27/2013

    " A certain man in a certain time, unreflective, limited, but occasionally capable of admitting a larger view than his habit. A life sketched in short strokes by an extraordinary talent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corey | 12/14/2013

    " I think, taken together, the Bridge novels of Evan S. Connell represent one of the masterpieces of post-WWII American fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eugenie | 12/3/2013

    " Reveals the cost of choosing responsibility over adventure, contentment over real happiness. In the end, the enigmatic Mr. Bridge is closed to no one more than himself. It's a heartbreaking story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 8/12/2013

    " Slightly better than Mr. Bridge's version of the same story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 7/6/2013

    " Very good book. I also liked the movie, with Paul Newman and Joann Woodward. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia Scott | 6/26/2013

    " Companion in unexamined life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 6/10/2013

    " I adored this book and "Mrs. Bridge" too -- real slice of life of a bygone era and a bygone type of family. Understated writing style, but reading between the lines tells you all you need to know about the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 martha | 4/28/2013

    " i maybe would give it 3 if i hadn't gone thru mrs. bridge right before. Lot of same, with characters you don't sympathize with, even tho i get it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bjipson | 4/8/2013

    " Although Mr. Bridge is smug and humorless to the point of ridiculousness, I was still fascinated by him. He is so consistent, and Connell gives us little whispered hints of self-doubt, quickly dismissed. Next up, Mrs. Bridge! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 3/20/2013

    " Devastatingly sad character study, of both Mr. Bridge and our country. Not as emotionally powerful as _Mrs. Bridge_ (and oddly repetitive in a few spots), but I still highly recommend. Read Mrs. first, then Mr. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Odoublegood | 3/1/2013

    " It doesn't quite measure up to Mrs. Bridge, but it's very well worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cristan | 5/26/2012

    " Not as good as Mrs. Bridge, but the writing in some sections is excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 5/13/2012

    " This book, along with the companion novel Mrs. Bridge, form a quietly devastating portrait of upper middle class family life in Kansas City between the wars. More character studies than conventional narratives, these characters will stay with me. "

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