The Bridge of San Luis Rey – Book Review

This story won the Pulitzer Prize for Thornton Wilder in 1928.

This is a fictional story that explores the lives of five strangers who die in the collapse of a rope bridge on the road from Lima to Cuzco in Peru.

Friar Juniper attempts to find answers for why they died and what purpose it served. He writes a book outlining the reasons why he thinks these five people were chosen to perish, but The Inquisition hear of his exploits and he’s condemned to be burnt at the stake.

The backstories of the five victims of the bridge collapse are extraodinarily exact and detailed and when I was reading the book all I could think of was, why did this person die and what quirk of fate lead them to be crossing the bridge?

The book ends with a character’s observation: “There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.”

Published by Julian Worker

Julian was born in Leicester, attended school in Yorkshire, and university in Liverpool. He has been to 94 countries and territories and intends to make the 100 when travel is easier. He writes travel books, murder / mysteries and absurd fiction. His sense of humour is distilled from The Marx Brothers, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. His latest book is about a Buddhist cat who tries to help his squirrel friend fly further from a children's slide.

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