The Other Side of the Bridge

The Other Side of the Bridge

Book - 2006
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Two brothers with a strong rivalry are brought to their breaking point when a young woman moves into their small northern farming community.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2006
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780676977462
Branch Call Number: FIC Lawso
Characteristics: 359 p


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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.

Oct 26, 2016

Very good. Our Book Club liked this better than Lawson's award-winning "Crow Lake".

Nov 15, 2015

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!

sydniec Mar 06, 2015

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.

Feb 07, 2015

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!

Apr 17, 2014

This was a beautifully told story with an excellent ending. I loved the characters and the writing. One of my favourites

Mar 06, 2014

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.

Jul 22, 2012

Read 2010

May 29, 2012

Took me a while to get into, but I ended up loving this book. You get emotionally attached to the characters. I cried.

May 22, 2012

My opinion of the characters changed over the course of the novel and I liked that challenge.
The few scenes in the book that really hone in on nature (the "wall of dragonflies", the snake eating the frog and the puppy going after the rabbit) added a deeper layer to an already fanastic character study. I coudn't stop wondering if Arthur was "worthy" of Laura. Did Jake somehow cause the tractor accident?- a few things to think about. Crow Lake by the same author is also an engaging read.

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Nov 26, 2009

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