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The Bridge of San Luis Rey
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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?

Fiction & PoetryClassic fiction pre 1945Fiction & PoetryHistorical FictionFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 27/07/2000 ISBN-13: 9780141184258  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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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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David Mitchell writes - A hungering and exquisite study of the workings of fate - or of the lack of fate? - following the collapse of a bridge in colonial Peru. Won the Pulitzer in 1928, and still damned good today.

David Mitchell - 11/03/2011

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