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Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak


Sorry for the delay in updating the blog but life kinda got in the way. I do intend to do better now…

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
Published in: 2018
Reviewed by: Book Worm
Rating: [★★★★]

This ARC was provided by Random House UK (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis from Goodreads: The breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance.

At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge—for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, for a miracle.

The question is, how far is Clay willing to go? And how much can he overcome?

Book Worm’s Thoughts: When I read The Book Thief I loved it so I was really excited when I heard Zusak had a new book out, as you can probably guess from the 4 star rating I really enjoyed this one but for me it fell a little short of The Book Thief.

This is a quick warning for anyone who is looking for another Book Thief this is a great book it is however totally different in terms of characters and narrative technique.

It took me a while to get into this as I found the narration confusing, the story moves backwards and forwards in time but not in a linear way. When we go back to the past we end up at different points sometimes before other past events we have read and at other times after the events. Once I had worked out what was going on the story started flowing for me and I found it easier to read for long periods of time as I wanted to know what was going to happen.

At it’s heart this is a book about family, love, betrayal, hurt, with learning to live with the consequences and most importantly it is about forgiveness and hope.

The Dunbar boys might initially sound like teenage tearaways but by the end of the story every one of them had won my heart. They are all uniquely different, each has their strong points and their faults but at the end of the day when all is said and done they are brothers and nothing can stand in the way of that bond.

Warning – have the tissues handy. As the narrative progresses and the boys steal your heart the things that they go through will bring a tear to your eye.

Who would like this? I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a family saga.

We want to hear from you! Have you read this book? What did you think?

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. I’m STRUGGLING to get through this. I find the writing beautiful (no surprise) but the story isn’t grabbing me. We just found out who “the murderer” is. Maybe it gets better from here. (Not a spoiler, folks)

    Not sure what to do, if I’m in a slump or if this book just isn’t for me.

    Liked by 1 person

    December 22, 2018
    • Book Worm #

      It did take a while for me as well it does get better as things come together


      December 23, 2018
  2. Barb Saffer #

    Good time of year for a story of love and forgiveness. Glad you warmed up to the characters. 🙂


    December 24, 2018

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