Bridge of Clay

Bridge of Clay

The breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance. At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge—for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins...

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Title:Bridge of Clay
Author:Markus Zusak
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Bridge of Clay Reviews

  • Kylie D

    Well, what can I say about this book? I found it totally mesmerising! It took a while to get going, but suddenly you find you can't put it down!

    It follows the lives of the five Dunbar boys, told from the point of view of the eldest Matthew, but it concentrates on the fourth boy Clay. After their mother dies and their father abandons them, the boys are left to raise themselves in the suburbs of Sydney. Markus Zusak tells a remarkable tale here, the bridge of the title being both physical and sym

    Well, what can I say about this book? I found it totally mesmerising! It took a while to get going, but suddenly you find you can't put it down!

    It follows the lives of the five Dunbar boys, told from the point of view of the eldest Matthew, but it concentrates on the fourth boy Clay. After their mother dies and their father abandons them, the boys are left to raise themselves in the suburbs of Sydney. Markus Zusak tells a remarkable tale here, the bridge of the title being both physical and symbolical. The timeline does jump around a bit, but this doesn't really detract from the story.

    It also touches on horse racing, and having an interest in the Sydney racing scene it was a bit of a trip down memory lane for me. I did laugh at the racehorse called Engadine (yes Markus and I share the same hometown, though I don't personally know him!)

    All in all, Bridge Of Clay is a wonderful, riveting book,and I have no hesitation in recommending it.

    My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Phrynne

    First of all I must say reading this book is hard work. It is a history of a family presented like a patchwork quilt - a bit here and a bit there, jumping around from person to person, place to place and past to present. Concentration is the key.

    Hard work does pay off however and this is a really beautiful book. As the story progresses Zusak's characters start to work their way into your heart and the pages just slip past as you begin to discover just what has occurred. Little things like why t

    First of all I must say reading this book is hard work. It is a history of a family presented like a patchwork quilt - a bit here and a bit there, jumping around from person to person, place to place and past to present. Concentration is the key.

    Hard work does pay off however and this is a really beautiful book. As the story progresses Zusak's characters start to work their way into your heart and the pages just slip past as you begin to discover just what has occurred. Little things like why the clothes pegs mean so much to Clay all become clear by the end. Tissues are required - there are several very sad moments.

    But there are also lots of fun times as you would expect in a household of five boys. I loved Achilles the mule who felt that he too should live in the house, and there is a wonderful neighbour who comes by to fix them up when they have been fighting. Which is often.

    This is a book about relationships and about love. I finished it yesterday and it is still buzzing around in my head. That is a sure sign of a good book.

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    I won an arc copy of this book in a pub giveaway!

    I was really confused in this book, more so in the beginning until I got used to how this was being written. The Bridge Of Clay is a book I will have to revisit time and again to get all of the tidbits that we miss at times. Especially in a book like this; family, sorrow, hope, change, love, death. It's life. It's death. It's a family both past and present. It's something I can't put into words, I just feel it.

    Happy Reading!

    Mel 🖤🐺🐾

  • Hamad

    🌟 After 11 or 12 years of waiting, you’d think that the author will write the next big thing. Unfortunately he wrote the next big disappointment and I fell from this Bridge of Clay into a sea of disappointment!

    🌟 Truth to be told, I wasn’t very interested in the synopsis but October was my Contemporary month and what is better to read than a novel by the highly acclaimed author of The Book Thief

    🌟 After 11 or 12 years of waiting, you’d think that the author will write the next big thing. Unfortunately he wrote the next big disappointment and I fell from this Bridge of Clay into a sea of disappointment!

    🌟 Truth to be told, I wasn’t very interested in the synopsis but October was my Contemporary month and what is better to read than a novel by the highly acclaimed author of The Book Thief aka one of my favorite books!

    🌟 I like when Authors move along their past works and try to bring something new. I think Zusak both did and didn’t do that and let me explain. He wrote a totally different story that is unrelated to his previously successful books and that’s the good thing. The bad thing is that he was trying so hard to make it sound poetical and whimsical but it ended up being over the top!

    🌟 I liked the magical writing in The Book Thief but the voice of this story was not appropriate for a story of this kind and he used metaphor very much which ended up being annoying. I knew that the writing is just not for me after a few chapters and Hala who BR this with me felt the same and decided to DNF it immediately.

    🌟 The characters were unrelatable for me and I didn’t like any of them. I even ended up skim reading the last 50 pages as I wasn’t interested anymore.

    🌟 Summary: This is a Hit or miss kind of books (Apparently a miss for me) which had a bad combination of characters, writing and plot. If you start this and feel that you ned to DNF it then I encourage doing so because it is not for everyone and if you enjoy it then good for you :D.

    🌟 Prescription: I can’t seem to recommend this for anyone in the time being. If you want a better story about 5 brothers which is more relatable and has great writing then I recommend Watching Glass Shatter by James Cudney!

    A BR with

  • Marissa

    HEY MARKUS. HEY.

    WHERE'S THE BOOK MARKUS?

    MARKUS. WHERE IS IT?

  • Natalie

    EDIT oct 16: i just wanted to let all 200+ of you know (i mean....where did you all COME from??) that I'm #35 on hold on the 12 copies of this book the vancouver public library is ordering. all the attention this goofy little review has gotten has convinced me to give mr. zusak another shot, so...thanks?

    Markus Zusak could write the iTunes User Terms of Agreement and I'd still read it. so yeah, pretty excited for this one!

    EDIT omg people stop liking this please i can't believe i keep getting noti

    EDIT oct 16: i just wanted to let all 200+ of you know (i mean....where did you all COME from??) that I'm #35 on hold on the 12 copies of this book the vancouver public library is ordering. all the attention this goofy little review has gotten has convinced me to give mr. zusak another shot, so...thanks?

    Markus Zusak could write the iTunes User Terms of Agreement and I'd still read it. so yeah, pretty excited for this one!

    EDIT omg people stop liking this please i can't believe i keep getting notifications for this review i wrote in HIGH SCHOOL (for context I'm getting my BA next month [also: i've been on this website for more than 6 years?? time is fake]) i mean i guess i'm glad you're all happy this book is finally coming out lol but the original statement in this review no longer stands because i read I Am The Messenger after writing this and it was AWFUL sorry

  • Raeleen Lemay

    A RELEASE DATE AT LAAAAAAST OCTOBER BETTER GET HERE REAL QUICK

  • jessica

    UPDATE: happy publication day to the book i have been waiting for since 2012!!!! the fact that this is now officially out in the world makes my heart so happy.

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    not to be dramatic, but i have been waiting an ETERNITY for this. i would literally sell my soul to have this book right now.

  • Emily May

    This is the first time in a while that I've actually not finished a book. I should mention that I was one of the few people who liked but didn't love

    , but I find it hard to believe that

    will be as well-loved as that book. More power to you if you can actually finish and enjoy it.

    At times it felt like Zusak deliberately went out of his way to make the story more confusing and difficult to enjoy. It's a

    through the l

    This is the first time in a while that I've actually not finished a book. I should mention that I was one of the few people who liked but didn't love

    , but I find it hard to believe that

    will be as well-loved as that book. More power to you if you can actually finish and enjoy it.

    At times it felt like Zusak deliberately went out of his way to make the story more confusing and difficult to enjoy. It's a

    through the lives of five Australian brothers - Matthew, Rory, Henry, Thomas & Clay. The prose is full of the kind of bloated overwritten description that doesn't quite make sense.

    There's some Homerian aspects, too, the most obvious of which being the boys' mule Achilles, but there are allusions to Homer's work throughout.

    I'm not going to go on too much in this review, especially as I didn't finish it. I noticed some readers saying it took a while to get going so I pushed through, but I think 170 pages should be more than enough for a book to grab me.

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