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Free download à The Bridge of San Luis Rey ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free õ On Friday noon July the twentieth 1714 the finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipitated five travelers into the gulf below With this celebrated sentence Thornton Wilder begins The Bridge of San Luis Rey one of the tChance that led to the deaths of those who perished in the tragedy His study leads to his own death and to the author's timeless investigation into the nature of love and the meaning of the human conditio. This is a classic novel that has been on my radar simply because it is on many must read lists A Pulitzer Prize winning best seller that has been made into 3 movies and has occasionally been an influence on other novels I figured this was a book I should eventually get toI am settling on 35 out of 5 stars Not sure if I should round up or round down The idea was interesting a monk trying to determine if there is scientificmathmatical evidence as to why certain people die in tragedies over others This leads to three intertwined backstories that all end in the collapse of the bridge of San Luis Rey Such a cool concept it was enough to keep me interested to see what he figures outThe best part for me was the writing I like Wilder's writing style and storytelling It went a long way towards elevating my rating of this bookMy biggest criticism is the stories themselves They just really weren't all that interesting to me In fact after I was done I went to find a synopsis of the book on Wikipedia to see if I had missed anything I had not What I read and remembered is exactly what Wikipedia said So perhaps this was interesting to people living at the time it was released Sales would seem to indicate soI recommend this book if you like classics or need to complete a must read list But I think I have just talked myself into rounding down

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On Friday noon July the twentieth 1714 the finest bridge in all Peru broke and precipitated five travelers into the gulf below With this celebrated sentence Thornton Wilder begins The Bridge of San Luis Re. Gentle Sarcasm; Sarcasm Nevertheless It appears to be commonplace among many readers and several film directors to interpret this story as a paean to love based on its oft uoted closing “There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love the only survival the only meaning Rubbish The story is patently sarcastic gently so to be sure which is part of its artistry but sarcastic nonetheless The only examples of love in the story are either obsessive fixation or guilty desireThe Bridge of San Luis Rey is a somewhat elliptical re telling of Shakespeare’s King Lear Wilder signals this early on in his paraphrase of Shakespeare’s Gloucester As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods Wilder “ to the gods we are like the flies that the boys kill on a summer day” The story shares precisely the same theme as that of Lear the intelligibility or lack of it of providential justiceThe story also shares with Lear a persistent ambivalence about where and how such justice might be perceived Just as Shakespeare hints at only to dismiss the possibility of a benign rationality in Lear’s madness and Cordelia’s death so Wilder has Brother Juniper searching without result for the divine intention behind six apparently random casualties I include his ownWhere Wilder differs radically from Shakespeare is in his consistent sarcasm about his context Spanish American culture Peruvian colonial administration the Catholic Church and every one of his characters Brother Juniper is his first target “It seemed to Brother Juniper that it was high time for theology to take its place among the exact sciences and he had long intended putting it there What he had lacked hitherto was a laboratory” High comedy or low sarcasm Wilder then makes his opinion on Juniper’s project clear “Everyone knew that he was working on some sort of memorial of the accident and everyone was very helpful and misleading” The narrative which follows therefore is meant to be taken tongue in cheekThe Church suffers some of Wilder’s wittiest jibes Referencing a work on sewers he writes that the “treatise on the laws of hydraulics was suppressed by the Inuisition as being too exciting” The Archbishop of Peru a harmless but ineffectual man makes his entry as “ something in Lima that was wrapped up in yards of violet satin from which protruded a great dropsical head and two fat pearly hands” Uncle Pio the likable rogue of the piece “had been reduced for a time to making investigations for the Inuisition but when he had seen several of his victims led off in hoods he felt that he might be involving himself in an institution whose movements were not evenly predictable”Spanish culture is presented by Wilder as a burlesue The Viceroy for example “had contrived to make exile endurable by building up a ceremonial so complicated that it could only be remembered by a society that had nothing else to think about” Much is made of the degradation of the Spanish language from its pristine Castilian under the influence of native Peruvians Only that art originating in the home country was worthy of admiration so that “Uncle Pio and Camila Perichole were tormenting themselves in an effort to establish in Peru the standards of the theatres in some heaven whither Calderón had preceded”Individual characters are all comically flawed The abbess who acts as a sort of central employment bureau “ was one of those persons who have allowed their lives to be gnawed away because they have fallen in love with an idea several centuries before its appointed appearance in the history of civilization” referring to her devotion to women’s euality The prostitute actress and aspiring socialite La Perichole apparently meaning half breed bitch but untranslated by Wilder participates in public ritual by holding a “candle in the penitential parades side by side with ladies who had nothing to regret but an outburst of temper and a furtive glance into Descartes”Even the victims themselves are treated with an implicit sarcasm The Maruesa and Pepita die just after discovering their misdirected loyalties Esteban being persuaded to live without his brother falls to his death the next morning Uncle Pio and Jaime have no sort of conversion at all before they end up in the abyss Not only is there no discernible pattern there are no narrative implications of their deaths They are all merely dead And Brother Juniper is despised and killed because of his interest in their livesThus it seems to me sentimental claptrap to interpret the story as endorsing the redemptive power of love Wilder’s various references to love range from the sordid to the inappropriate Why he would then cap his story with praise of an absent virtue is a mystery those who enjoy melodrama will have to explain This is farce not tragedyPostscript reality imitates fiction

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The Bridge of San Luis ReyY one of the towering achievements in American fiction and a novel read throughout the worldBy chance a monk witnesses the tragedy Brother Juniper seeks to prove that it was divine intervention rather than. This is not mere writing This is poetic philosophyI'd heard it was good but I didn't know what to expect from Thornton Wilder's The Bridge of San Luis Rey For all I knew it took place somewhere along the Californian coast along with all the other Sans and Santas After all there is the San Luis Rey Mission in San Diego But no this is set in Peru Even better I love when a story transports me some place I've never been beforeThe concept in a nutshell as explained on Wikipedia It tells the story of several interrelated people who die in the collapse of an Inca rope bridge in Peru and the events that lead up to their being on the bridge A friar who has witnessed the accident then goes about inuiring into the lives of the victims seeking some sort of cosmic answer to the uestion of why each had to die The novel won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928And well deserved This is not a family saga of epic proportions It's short It's compact It takes a slice or two of life and examines it It does this three times for five people The numbers are only slightly off and the stories don't all focus on one incident but this is still uite reminiscent of Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon itself based on two short stories by Ryunosuke AkutagawaThe people and their problems are varied and interesting Their choices and why they chose them are made even so by Wilder Maybe this isn't 5 star perfection but it is damn good