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												The Bridge of San Luis Rey by  Thornton WILDER
	 - First Edition
			 - 1927
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The Bridge of San Luis Rey

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The Bridge of San Luis Rey

by WILDER, Thornton

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New York: Albert & Charles Boni. Good with no dust jacket. 1927. First Edition. Hardcover. First trade edition of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1927 novel, which was preceded by a very limited "preliminary issue" and the London edition by a handful of days. The "Bridge of San Luis Rey" is concerned with a fictional Incan rope bridge in Peru that collapsed and one man's multi-year effort to trace the lives of the five victims who happened to be on it when it gave way. With 9 black & white illustrations on plates by Amy Drevenstedt (one, at frontispiece, is missing). --- In finely-woven tan cloth, with titling and designs in dark green on cover and spine; decorative map of Peru to endpapers and faded green topstain. Lacks the dust jacket. --- With smudges and dark soiling on covers, a little chafing to cover extremities, and prior owner's bookplate affixed to front paste-down, otherwise a sound, unmarked copy.; Octavo (8 to 9 in. tall); 235 pages .

Synopsis

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
Bluebird Books US (US)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
81703
Title
The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Author
WILDER, Thornton
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Good with no dust jacket
Edition
First Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Albert & Charles Boni
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1927
Bookseller catalogs
>>Pulitzer, Nobel, Booker, Nat Book Award Prize;

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