Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak || 3.5/5
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?
- It’s beautifully written.
- The characters are developed and complex.
- I love the story.
- But it’s very slow. It drags and meanders quite a bit.
- I spent the majority of the book very confused.
- I finished, and I was still confused.
- And it didn’t make me feel anything.
- The shocking moments weren’t very shocking. I kept thinking, That’s it?
- I love how conclusive the ending is.
- While the writing is very beautiful, I had to read almost two hundred pages before I got used to it. During those two hundred pages, I kept having to reread portions to understand what was happening.
- A lot of seemingly unimportant details turned out to be important much later. Because I’d initially thought they were unimportant, I struggled to remember them later, which added to the confusion.
- The book struggled to hold my attention. It wasn’t captivating.
Read 10-24-2018 to 11-3-2018