Friday Reads: Bridge of Clay

Friday Reads

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Reads! Today I am sharing a few quotes from Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak. The Book Thief is one of my favourite all-time books, so I am really excited about this new novel.

Book Beginnings is a book meme hosted by Rose City Reader where participants share quotes (the first sentence, or so) of the book, along with initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice, and the rules are quite simple: Grab a book, any book, and turn to page 56 or 56% in your e-reader. Find any non-spoilery sentence(s) and post.

THIS WEEK’S BOOK:

Friday Reads: Bridge of ClayTitle: Bridge of Clay
Author: Markus Zusak
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Publication Date: October 9, 2018

Summary (from Goodreads):

Let me tell you about our brother.
The fourth Dunbar boy named Clay.
Everything happened to him.
We were all of us changed through him.

The Dunbar boys bring each other up in a house run by their own rules. A family of ramshackle tragedy - their mother is dead, their father has fled - they love and fight, and learn to reckon with the adult world.

It is Clay, the quiet one, who will build a bridge; for his family, for his past, for his sins. He builds a bridge to transcend humanness. To survive.

A miracle and nothing less.

Markus Zusak makes his long-awaited return with a profoundly heartfelt and inventive novel about a family held together by stories, and a young life caught in the current: a boy in search of greatness, as a cure for a painful past.

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BOOK BEGINNING

In the beginning, there was one murderer, one mule, and one boy, but this isn’t the beginning, it’s before it, it’s me, and I’m Matthew, and here I am, in the kitchen, in the night- the old river mouth of light- and I’m punching and punching away. The house is quiet around me.

FRIDAY 56

A silent declaration was made, and years of stable suffering was intolerable for another second; the chain was cracked, then broken.

THOUGHTS

So far, I am really enjoying Bridge of Clay. The book is one that takes requires full attention while you are reading, as so much is happening. I find that every time I set it down, I have to do a quick look back to remind myself what has happened so far.

About Markus Zusak

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Markus Zusak is the author of five books, including the international bestseller, The Book Thief , which spent more than a decade on the New York Times bestseller list, and is translated into more than forty languages – establishing Zusak as one of the most successful authors to come out of Australia.

To date, Zusak has held the number one position at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, the New York Times bestseller list, as well as in countries across South America, Europe and Asia.

His books, The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, When Dogs Cry (also titled Getting the Girl ), The Messenger (or I am the Messenger ) and The Book Thief have been awarded numerous honours ranging from literary prizes to readers choice awards to prizes voted on by booksellers.

Zusak’s much-anticipated new novel, Bridge of Clay , is set for release in October 2018 in the USA, the UK and Australia, with foreign translations to follow.

21 thoughts on “Friday Reads: Bridge of Clay

  1. Sophie says:

    I’m glad you’re enjoying this one so far! I have not read it, nor The Book Thief, but it sure sounds full of wonderful writing and dense as hell – imagine having to backtrack every time you pick up the book! I would either love that or hate it and settle the book down once and for all hahaha (but that’s just my impatient self talking)

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