The Bridge of San Luis Rey Author:Thornton Wilder This is Thornton Wilder's novel which won a Pulitzer prize in 1928. It is set in Peru in the 1700's and revolves around a bridge which collapses, killing 5 people. Why those 5? one wonders, and so the book tells their life stories, and in doing so gently reveals that grace may be found in the most unexpected places, and that tragedy may spur peo... more »ple to greater love.
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This is a good book for armchair philosophers. The most fascinating thing about the book is that, though it's set in Peru nearly 300 years ago, it is so good at depicting what makes people "tick" and how people change that I think most people would recognize they know someone like at least one main character in the book. The action is not fast because it is a reflective book. Enjoy Wilder's art as an author of subtly making fine points to render his characters.