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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,347 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thornton Wilder Narrator: Sam Waterston Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder's second novel, won him the first of his three Pulitzer Prizes. The novel opens in the aftermath of an inexplicable tragedy—a tiny footbridge in Peru breaks, and five travelers hurtle to their deaths. Most townspeople think to themselves with secret joy, "Within 10 minutes myself...."

But for Brother Juniper, a humble Franciscan friar who witnesses the catastrophe, the question is inescapable: Why those five? Suddenly, Brother Juniper is committed to discover what manner of lives these five disparate people led—and whether it was divine intervention that took their lives, or a capricious fate.

Wilder maintained in his works that true meaning and beauty are found in ordinary experience. This is especially true of The Bridge of San Luis Rey. From the very beginning to the stunning conclusion, the listener is absorbed into the individual stories of the five victims, and how their destinies intertwine.

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Quotes & Awards

  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005
  • Winner of the 1928 Pulitzer Prize for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Timothy R. | 2/2/2014

    " It was my first Wilder book. He did a lot in very few pages. It made me return to him later, to read The Cabala. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joy | 2/1/2014

    " Very well written. Wilder tries to tackle the great unanswerable question as to why we suffer and die unexpectedly--is it because we are so good that we should be in heaven or is it because we are so bad we shouldn't be here to keep making the world worse. What Wilder manages to do, and do beautifully, is to help us remember the complexity of human beings--that the best of us are flawed and the worst of us have pockets of goodness. The novel (novella?) is thought provoking and beautifully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lee | 2/1/2014

    " Elegant, succinct, thought provoking novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Janell | 1/31/2014

    " It was a bit of a slow read. I didn't really enjoy the book. "

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