Saturday 31 August 2019

Book Review: Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak (Contemporary)

Title: Bridge of Clay
Author: Markus Zusak
Picador Australia

Publication Date: 2018


Bridge of Clay is about a boy who is caught in the current - of destroying everything he has, to become all he needs to be. He's a boy in search of greatness, as a cure for memory and tragedy. He builds a bridge to save his family, but also to save himself. It's an attempt to transcend humanness, to make a single, glorious moment:

A miracle and nothing less.

Bridge of Clay is a book I struggle to rate. On the plus side, I mostly enjoyed the writing (although it was a little wordy and overly metaphorical here and there), as well as the family-drama aspect of the book. The shifting timeline worked well, without creating any problems for readers in following the action. However, I turned the last page and though, So what? Though well written and interesting to an extent, I didn't really see 'the point', for want of a better phrase. As such, I am giving it 3.5 stars that I will round up to a four. I liked it, but I didn't love it.

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