Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo

I found the latest book, Bridge of Sighs by award-winning author Richard Russo to be quite delightful. It is the story of Lou C. "Lucy" Lynch, his family and friends growing up in a little town in New York. There are three narrators in the story - all related to each other. It's what I would call a 'slice of life' book in that it tells alot about the characters, their lives, and the impacts of their decisions.

The book is quite lengthy and the author likes to use alot of words. There were a few too many words in the first part of the book so it was a little slow to start. However once I got past the beginning, I was hooked and couldn't put it down. Either the amount of words got better or the story got so good I didn't notice. The characters were very real - I looked forward to see how each one reacted to the other.


Papillon said...

I just finished the book myself and was looking for someone to clear some things up--

Spoiler Alert, this question, or the answer to, may reveal something very important.

Who were the people having the tryst outside the trunk? Either I missed it or it didn't matter or something else.

Regarding the non-acceptance of inter-racial (Sarah and Three) (Gabriel and Tessa) dating kind of mirrored the non-acceptance of homosexuality (the boy who killed himself)-- The (I am a native English speaker but can't come up with a better word right now.) 'equivalenting' of the two have been put forth, do you think Russo was making a comment on it? I do.


PS--I just found you on google.

Michele said...

Hi Papillon - Thanks for stopping by! We never did find out who had the tryst and I don't think its important. It is interesting to think of how the 'who' changed in Lou's mind over the years. As for the inter-racial dating stuff - I think there was alot of that kind of stuff then as well as now - and that some folks are A-okay with it and some still aren't. I think the author put it in there to keep the book real as well as to make folks think about it. Good thoughts!