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:Title: Bridge of Clay
Author: Markus Zusak
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Publication Date: October 9, 2018
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.
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.
A silent declaration was made, and years of stable suffering was intolerable for another second; the chain was cracked, then broken.
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.