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Bridge of Sighs: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2007; vuoden 2008 painos)

– tekijä: Richard Russo

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Louis Charles ("Lucy") Lynch has spent all his sixty years in upstate Thomaston, New York, married to the same woman, Sarah, for forty of them, their son now a grown man. Like his late, beloved father, Lucy is an optimist, though he's had plenty of reasons not to be--chief among them his mother, still indomitably alive. Yet it was her shrewdness, combined with that Lynch optimism, that had propelled them years ago to the right side of the tracks and created an "empire" of convenience stores about to be passed on to the next generation. Lucy and Sarah are also preparing for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Italy, where his oldest friend, a renowned painter, has exiled himself far from anything they'd known in childhood. In fact, the exact nature of their friendship is one of the many mysteries Lucy hopes to untangle in the "history" he's writing of his hometown and family.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Bridge of Sighs: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)
Kirjailijat:Richard Russo
Info:Vintage (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 641 pages
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First, an admission. This reviewer is partial to Richard Russo’s work. Therefore, discovering this 2007 work which followed immediately on the heels of his magnificent ‘Empire Falls’ was a great thrill.

For about the first hundred pages.

Then the glacial pace and huge scope of this coming-of-age tale mingled with an unraveling of what constitutes “truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God”, overlaid with the stories of several marriages and parent-child relationships and the ugly class differences lurking in a blue-collar town… Well, it was just too much.

But when one of your favorite authors is presenting a story, one tends to hang on. And hang on. And hang on, far past the point where common sense says “this isn’t going to get any better and you might as well cut your losses”.

Sometimes we need to listen to that voice.

By the time the reader gets to the sixth decade of Lou Lynch’s life and the 500th page of this tome, one is thoroughly tired of his ambivalence, of his unwillingness to let go of childhood friendships which may have disguised any number of betrayals, of his wife whose burning artistic talent just sort of dribbles off into the corner until the final chapter, and even of the new adventure on which he and his wife seem to be embarking.

It’s too much. Just too much. Too many words. Too many characters. Too many simmering conflicts. Too much to ask of any reader, even one whose admiration for the author gets crushed to jelly under the weight of this interminable tale. ( )
1 ääni LyndaInOregon | Nov 22, 2020 |
I feel like I just sat down to the table, hungry, and in front of me is placed fried chicken and mashed potatoes. It tastes wonderful and fills me up. The characters that Russo creates in Bridge of Sighs and all of the other novels of his that I have read are comfortable and familiar. I have never been to upstate New York. I grew up in a city, not a small town. But somehow I can relate the places that Russo creates as if they were my own. Lucy and Sarah, Lou Lou and Tessa, and Bobby: Russo makes them real because they are not perfect. Neither are they unique, but that is okay too. I fall into the world he creates and reside there for the duration. Their imperfections make my imperfections acceptable and more understandable. But just like a meal of fried chicken and mashed potatoes is not memorable, Bridge of Sighs is not completely satisfying. Comfort food, at least for me, never will be. ( )
  afkendrick | Oct 24, 2020 |
DNF ( )
  Terrie2018 | Feb 21, 2020 |
It's hard to deny that the scope of this novel, with its several points of view, depiction of a whole town, and portrait of three families living there, is impressive. And it all hangs together, which over the course of 528 densely-packed pages is no small feat. But I just didn't enjoy the novel much at all. I got more engaged in the last quarter or so, but it took some doing to get to that point, let me tell you. If this hadn't been a book club book I was determined to finish, I almost certainly would have quit *well* before I got to the stuff I kind of sort of enjoyed.

Much of the narrative, especially in the first half of the book, takes the form of Lou Charles "Lucy" Lynch recalling his childhood, and while there are some deft portrayals of characters and of what it was like to live in a small town in the 50s, not much of it is super compelling. Or at least it wasn't to me. Lucy is not a particularly interesting character, and Russo just failed to make me care about him (or most anyone else in the story, although some of them come much more to life in that aforementioned last quarter of the book). I felt throughout the book that Russo had made very strange choices about what to put on the page, especially when it's revealed that Lucy is an unreliable narrator to the point he has left out *the* most important, compelling, and telling piece of information about his childhood.

I was also sometimes impatient with Russo's use of symbolic actions on the part of his characters. For a book that spends so much time and effort trying to portray something real, it sure uses a lot of over-the-top and heavy-handed imagery to make sure we get something that was perfectly apparent from his storytelling.

On the whole, the portrait of the town and families and how class divisions work there and how they affect everyone's lives was well done, but other than that I was just exhausted by the book. If it had been two hundred pages shorter and Russo had focused his attention slightly differently on his characters, I might have enjoyed it quite a bit. ( )
1 ääni lycomayflower | Aug 6, 2018 |
Russo is a writer who captures the essence of small town America very well. I agree with some critics; he falls back on easy stereotypes, and even racist/sexist characterizations. This book has some beautifully evocative moments (I loved the description of the Y dances), but it just went on and on...this is a book that needed a firm hand from it's editor. I have never felt so impatient while reading a novel. The entire ending, with the wife's journey felt forced, false and a lame attempt to be "politically correct".


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  Rdra1962 | Aug 1, 2018 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 104) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Russo schrijft bij vlagen virtuoos, over de veranderingen in het stadje vooral wanneer de belangrijkste industrie, een vervuilende looierij, failliet is en de werkloosheid toeslaat. Over de raciale verhoudingen binnen het stadje. Over de dreiging die binnen en buiten het gezin Marconi van de vader uitgaat, met wie zoon Bobby een essentieel conflict uitvecht. Het leest prettig, maar beklijft te weinig om een hoogtepunt te worden in Russo’s oeuvre.
 
As a study of small-town life and the endless chain of relationships that lies at its core, this is beautifully done. (...) As a novel of late-20th-century America it achieves its effects through a deliberate obliquity. This is particularly evident in its treatment of race. (...) Not everything in the novel wholly convinces. The Venetian scenes, taking in modern-era Bobby's erratic love-life and his relationship with art-dealing Hugh, are too sporadic to engage, to the point where the reader wonders whether Russo has begun to lose interest in him.
Bridge of Sighs is full of these moments of half-occluded revelation, understanding that is compromised by lack of information, nervy compromises between the lives its characters want and the things they finally obtain. If modern American life and the fiction that rises from it are really only a series of balancing acts, then Richard Russo is one of the most accomplished tightrope-walkers on the block.
lisäsi sneuper | muokkaaThe Guardian, D.J. Taylor (Oct 20, 2007)
 
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Louis Charles ("Lucy") Lynch has spent all his sixty years in upstate Thomaston, New York, married to the same woman, Sarah, for forty of them, their son now a grown man. Like his late, beloved father, Lucy is an optimist, though he's had plenty of reasons not to be--chief among them his mother, still indomitably alive. Yet it was her shrewdness, combined with that Lynch optimism, that had propelled them years ago to the right side of the tracks and created an "empire" of convenience stores about to be passed on to the next generation. Lucy and Sarah are also preparing for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Italy, where his oldest friend, a renowned painter, has exiled himself far from anything they'd known in childhood. In fact, the exact nature of their friendship is one of the many mysteries Lucy hopes to untangle in the "history" he's writing of his hometown and family.

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