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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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London: Longmans Green & Co. Ltd, 1927. First Edition . Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 1927 Longmans, Green & Company TRUE FIRST EDITION, which preceded the US First Edition by a matter of days. A VG+/VG copy of this rare first made even more so by having a splendid **HANDWRITTEN SIGNED LETTER** by Mr. Wilder. The HB is very clean and tight with just some browning on the end pages. The unclipped DJ has a small piece missing from the upper spine end, not affecting the title. There are a few tiny other chips now in mylar and protected. A very strong copy and a wonderful combo! BONUS BOOK: A very early ex--library copy of "Our Town" which appears to be dated from April 5, 1938, two months after its Broadway premiere. Movie History Facts: Adapted for the screen three times: 1929 MGM Silent Film with Lili DAmita & Ernest Torrence (plus the legendary Lola Montes as a Spanish dancer) 1944 United Artists B&W Film with Lynn Bari & Akim Tamiroff 2004 New Line Cinema Color Film with Gabriel Byrne, Robert DeNiro, Harvey Keitel, Kathy Bates, F. Murray Abraham, Geraldine Chaplin, and Emilie Dequenne ***Bren-Books specializes in rare and hard-to-find 1st Editions, many turned into film & TV, many signed!***

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London: Longmans Green & Co. Ltd, 1927. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. Signed by Author(s). First Edition. 1927 Longman's Green TRUE FIRST EDITION preceding the US First by a matter of days. A VG+/VG copy of this rare first made even more so by having a splendid handwritten and **SIGNED LETTER** by Mr. Wilder. The HB is very clean and tight with just some browning on the end pages. The unclipped DJ has a small piece missing from the upper spine end not affecting the title. There are a few tiny other chips now in mylar and protected. A very strong copy and a wonderful combo!.

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's Inventory #
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Title
The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Author
Wilder, Thornton
Format/Binding
Hardcover
Book Condition
Used - Very Good
Jacket Condition
Very Good
Quantity Available
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Edition
First Edition
Publisher
Longmans Green & Co. Ltd
Place of Publication
London
Date Published
1927
Weight
0.00 lbs
Keywords
Fiction, Book into Film, Literature
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