BRIDGE OF CLAY

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AUTHOR – MARKUS ZUSAK

PUBLISHED IN – 2018

PAGES – 579

SPOILERS AHEAD.

I find it fascinating how I have always linked books to define different phases of my life. So, here comes to book which I proudly brought from my hard earned money. There’s something about a book brought from your first salary that makes it extra personal.

Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief still continues to be one of my favorite books and I was hoping for a similar kind of feeling with book. But of course, it wasn’t the same thing. I actually found the book to be overhyped. The theme was okay and everything but after The Book Thief, it became a little disappointing. Just getting through the book was pretty hard itself. The writing style was tiresome to read. It constituted a lot of short sentences and it gave me a serious headache to read through such sentences. There was also plenty of fillers which slowed the pace of the plot. Overall it actually was a pretty slow paced book. There was hardly enough content to stretch through 500 pages.

The story involved the Dunbar boys, a family of five brothers, each one with an entirely different personality. They had lost their mother to cancer and their father had left them after her death. The story moves when the father comes back and asks for help to build a bridge. Clay, the fourth brother agrees, quits school and goes to help him. That is the basic premise.

The book spins around the aftermath of the mother’s death and before she died. I enjoyed the parts where she was alive and the family was a happy little thing. It was fun to read about the relationship of the brothers and how their parents were bringing them up. The real tragedy strikes when the mother is sick and suffering and yet unable to die. That is when Clay kills her. Just to give her liberation from the suffering. It wasn’t a brutal death or anything. He just kept her in the garage for a while where she died as she was too sick already. That incident changes Clay and that’s the deal of the book. The construction of the bridge is basically for Clay’s own welfare. The bridge is like a huge metaphor where Clay tries to push down all his emotions into building something strong and rigid.

All in all, it’s a nice book, just it’s not something that I will read again.

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