The author could have used more skill to draw the reader in, but once the story unfolds we realize that this is truly a Canadian literary gem. It is a Cane and Able story of brothers who are so different they cannot love each other. The bridge is of course a metaphor for the life changing events in everyone's adolescence that underpin the direction of our early adult life.
The book is superbly researched and nuances of life for an country doctor, and for farmers in Ontario during WWII are depicted with a methodical nonchalance. The book is emotionally fraught but so profound.
Very good. Our Book Club liked this better than Lawson's award-winning "Crow Lake".
I absolutely loved reading this book. I savoured each and every chapter as the story unfolded. The writing style is so refreshing -it is clean, clear and captivating. A definite must read!
great read. the characters felt like people I had know all my life and the bonus is the book is set in northern Ontario. a good story of life in the 1930's to 1960.
Absolutely excellent - compelling, interesting, well-written, memorable characters - so, in other words, just as great as her other books! There's just one problem with her books: they end. I never want them to end!
A poignant, compelling book that brought me to tears. This one is more tragic than Mary Lawson's 3rd book, Road Ends, but both are equally excellent reads. Both are even better than Crow Lake.
This was a beautifully told story with an excellent ending. I loved the characters and the writing. One of my favourites
I really enjoyed this book even though there are some truly awful things that happen in it. Alternating between the story of two brothers during WWII and of a doctor's son in the 1960's, this story lures us into the northern Ontario town of Struan and the age-old themes of love, hate, duty, family. Woven through the undercurrents of the relationships between the various characters is the pull of the environment, of the lake, of nature, of oneness with all life. As you read you know there are big events at play but you also know that life goes on, that there is continuity, that all is not bad or good but just life. Mary Lawson did a good job.
Took me a while to get into, but I ended up loving this book. You get emotionally attached to the characters. I cried.
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