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												The Bridge of San Luis Rey   (Franklin Library Pulitzer Prize-winners  series) by  Thornton WILDER
	 - Hardcover
			 - 1976
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The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Franklin Library Pulitzer Prize-winners series)

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The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Franklin Library Pulitzer Prize-winners series)

by WILDER, Thornton

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Franklin Center, Pennsylvania: The Franklin Library. Near Fine with no dust jacket. 1976. Leather. A beautifully produced edition of author's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1927 novel concerning an Incan rope bridge in Peru that collapsed and one man's multi-year effort to trace the lives of the victims who happened to be on it when it gave way. With illustrations by William Maughan. Issued as part of the publisher's Pulitzer Prize-winners series. One of an unspecified number in this limited edition. --- In full dark brown bonded leather with five raised bands on spine. With gilt and turquoise decorations on both covers and on spine; titling on spine in gilt, and all edges also in gilt. Interior leaves of high-quality paper. Turquoise silk moire endpapers, with matching sewn-in ribbon bookmark. Lacks a dust jacket, as issued. --- A clean, bright, unmarked copy in excellent condition but with just a hint of scratching to textblock gilding.; Octavo - 8 to 9 in. tall; (14), 148 pages .

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The Bridge of San Luis Rey is American author Thornton Wilder's second novel, first published in 1927 to worldwide acclaim. It tells the story of several interrelated people who die in the collapse of an Inca rope-fiber suspension bridge in Peru, and the events that lead up to their being on the bridge. A friar who has witnessed the tragic accident then goes about inquiring into the lives of the victims, seeking some sort of cosmic answer to the question of why each had to die.

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On Oct 5 2010, Sergerca said:
We all have a worldview (don't we?) that influences just about everything we encounter. Literature is no exception. Perhaps that is why I thought the main point of Thornton Wilder's outstanding The Bridge of San Luis Rey was so obvious.In many of the reviews I've read, many have stated that Wilder leaves the main conclusion up to the reader. I must disagree. The final line, so quoted by many of the reviewers, makes it all very clear to me. "All those impulses of love return to the love that made them." Perhaps, had Wilder capitalized the second "love" more would have drawn the same conclusion as I. That love is, of course, the love of the Father. This short book is rooted in Christian realism -- summed up in that final page. Life and God's ways as they pertain to life, are a mystery to the believer. Seemingly saintly people die far too early in inexplicable circumstances-- a bridge that has lasted for centuries one day breaks under the weight of an old woman, a cripple, an old man, a young girl, and a young man. But the "why" is not for us to know. We all must live in the comfort that it is His will that reigns, not ours, and that the love which sustained us in this life will see us to the next. Perhaps Brother Juniper found his answer. I know I recognized mine.

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Bookseller’s Inventory #
84040
Title
The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Franklin Library Pulitzer Prize-winners series)
Author
WILDER, Thornton
Format/binding
Leather
Book condition
Used - Near Fine with no dust jacket
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
The Franklin Library
Place of Publication
Franklin Center, Pennsylvania
Date Published
1976
Bookseller catalogs
>>Pulitzer, Nobel, Booker, Nat Book Award Prize;

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