Sunday, April 13, 2008

32. "The Bridge of San Luis Rey" - Thornton Wilder


A friar sees the collapse of an Inca rope bridge that tosses five people to their deaths. He feels that he can prove God's purpose by exploring each of the lives in detail.

Set in 1927 Peru, there is little about the culture other than two true-to-life historical characters: Manuel de Amat y Juniet and Micaela Villegas.

Named one of the top 100 books of the century, as well as winner of the Pulitzer for fiction, this book should have melted my icy heart. Instead, it simply reflected off it with a scattering of rainbows. Or perhaps that's the vodka and migraine meds talking. Anyway, it was a huge disappointment.

1.0 out of 5.0 Coffee Flings.

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