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The Bridge of San Luis Rey

by Thornton Wilder

On Sale: 09/02/2014

Price: $14.99

The Bridge of San Luis Rey

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The Bridge of San Luis Rey

by Thornton Wilder

On Sale: 09/02/2014

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Price: $14.99

About the Book

Pulitzer Prize

On Friday noon, July the twentieth, 1714, the finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipitated five travelers into the gulf below. By chance, a monk witnesses the tragedy. Brother Juniper then embarks on a quest to prove that it was divine intervention rather than chance that led to the deaths of those who perished in the tragedy. His search leads to his own death—and to the author’s timeless investigation into the nature of love and the meaning of the human condition.

Freshman Common Read: University of Pennsylvania

Critical Praise

“One of the greatest reading novels in this century’s American writing....Wonderfully lucid reading.” - Edmund Fuller

“A remarkably confident evocation of the secret springs of half a dozen men, women and children....A very beautiful book.” - The Nation

“It is a subtle idea admirably worked out and leaves a vivid impression of society in the golden age of the most aristocratic capital of Latin America. The histories of the five people are told perfectly with sympathy and insight.” - New Statesman

“The essence of Mr. Wilder’s book is really the feeling in it; it is a ‘notation of the heart’ with sympathy. Gaily or sadly, but always with understanding, a belief in the miracle of love runs through it all.” - Times Literary Supplement (London)

“A masterpiece.” - New York Herald Tribune

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060757502
  • ISBN 10: 0060757507
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 09/02/2014
  • Trimsize: 5.313 in (w) x 8.000 in (h) x 0.396 in (d)
  • Pages: 176
  • List Price: $14.99
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Classics
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Psychological