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Many of my reading friends have devoured The Invisible Bridge and awarded it the highest ratings and best reviews on Goodreads, so it has been on my "virtual to-read stack" (meaning, hold at the library) for quite some time. I guess everyone else has been waiting anxiously for it as well, since my holding period was almost over one month. This book has heft, and I was concerned about reading two chunksters at once (also still working on The Name of the Wind); however, once I got about twenty pages into this story while waiting for the husband's car to get an oil change, I was hooked. HOOKED. This book is already worth all of the attention it received in 2010 and I can't wait to continue reading. The story is so fantastic and the writing is really good. Here's hoping I can wind up the remaining 450 pages before I must turn it back over to the library for the next patron playing the waiting game. Here's a summary of the plot, taken from www.goodreads.com:

Julie Orringer’s astonishing first novel—eagerly awaited since the publication of her heralded best-selling short-storycollection, How to Breathe Underwater (“Fiercely beautiful”--The New York Times)—is a grand love story and an epic tale of three brothers whose lives are torn apart by war.

Paris, 1937. Andras Lévi, a Hungarian Jewish architecture student, arrives from Budapest with a scholarship, a single suitcase, and a mysterious letter he has promised to deliver to C. Morgenstern on the rue de Sévigné. As he becomes involved with the letter’s recipient, his elder brother takes up medical studies in Modena, their younger brother leaves school for the stage—and Europe’s unfolding tragedy sends each of their lives into terrifying uncertainty. From the Hungarian village of Konyár to the grand opera houses of Budapest and Paris, from the lonely chill of Andras’s garret to the enduring passion he discovers on the rue de Sévigné, from the despair of a Carpathian winter to an unimaginable life in forced labor camps and beyond, The Invisible Bridge tells the unforgettable story of brothers bound by history and love, of a marriage tested by disaster, of a Jewish family’s struggle against annihilation, and of the dangerous power of art in a time of war.

 


03/11/2011 8:29pm

Omg i just read that book

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