Book Quotes: 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: Bridge of CLay

Bridge of Clay Markus ZusakTitle: Bridge of Clay
Author: Markus Zusak
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 9, 2018

Summary (from Goodreads):

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, for a miracle. 

The question is, how far is Clay willing to go? And how much can he overcome?


Book Quotes: Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak


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.

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.

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21 thoughts on “Book Quotes: 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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