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Subject: Bridge of Sighs - Richard Russo
Date Posted: 4/9/2008 11:08 AM ET
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I just finished this (by reading until 2 am in the morning -- I just HAD to keep reading).  I adored his Empire Falls (and even enjoyed his much earlier, funny Straight Man).  He does a fantastic job with building characters!!

It's one of those books that I want to read every single word and don't want it to end. 

Anyone else read this one? 

- Tracy

 

Date Posted: 4/9/2008 8:40 PM ET
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I have not read Bridge of Sighs but I did read Empire Falls and really enjoyed it. I grew up in Maine so many of those characters were very familiar to me. I think I'll put Bridge of Sighs on my WL.
Date Posted: 4/10/2008 4:20 PM ET
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Another Mainer here.  Richard Russo is a gem.  I have that on my WL. I have read most of his other books as well.

Subject: Bridge of Sighs - Richard Russo
Date Posted: 4/30/2008 9:56 PM ET
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I just finished Bridge of Sighs two days ago and I loved it too!  I liked this one even better than Empire Falls. 

Date Posted: 5/3/2008 8:52 PM ET
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Finished Bridge last month and while the whole coming of age theme was way overdone, I liked it well enough.

my review:

http://yourehistory.wordpress.com/2008/04/28/modern-lit-the-bridge-of-sighs-by-richard-russo/

Date Posted: 6/9/2008 11:34 AM ET
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Loved Bridge of Sighs also!  Richard Russo is one of those authors whose books I buy new--can't wait to get them through PBS.

Date Posted: 7/26/2008 3:05 AM ET
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I loved Bridge of Sighs, Empire Falls, and Nobody's Fool.  In fact, just to write this post, I had to look back at my book journal and finally, look up Richard Russo, to find the title of Nobody's Fool (being one that forgets titles quite often).  I was pleased to see that it was a movie, made in 1994, with Paul Newman and Melanie Griffin.  Just added to my Netflix list.  Russo can take a life, write about somewhat ordinary events, and still make it long and interesting.

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 2:51 PM ET
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Vivian, the movie is actually pretty good.  I won't say as good as the book, but given the generally disappointing quality of many book adaptations, I really enjoyed it.

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 8:28 PM ET
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Thanks, haddad.  I'll look forward to seeing it.

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 4:44 PM ET
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I hate to be the spoiler, but I can't resist, either.....I loved "Empire Falls," but just could not get into Bridge of Sighs at all.

I read about 120 pages, and had to quit. Just could not finish.