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The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Written by Thornton Wilder

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics Series

The Bridge of San Luis Rey Synopsis

An ancient bridge collapses over a gorge in Peru, hurling five people into the abyss. It seems a meaningless human tragedy. But one witness, a Franciscan monk, believes the deaths might not be as random as they appear. Convinced that the disaster is a punishment sent from Heaven, the monk sets out to discover all he can about the travellers. The five strangers were connected in some way, he thinks. There must be a purpose behind their deaths. But are their lost lives the result of sin? ... Or of love?

The Bridge of San Luis Rey Press Reviews

A glorious thing -- David Mitchell

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141184258
Publication date: 27th July 2000
Author: Thornton Wilder
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 128 pages

About Thornton Wilder

Thornton (Niven) Wilder (1897-1975) American writer and playwright, best known for OUR TOWN (1938) and THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY (1927), an examination of justice and altruism.

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