Thommy Ford Reads

A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo (BOCD Russo)

“But do we ever tell ‘the truth, the whole truth and nothing but, so help me God,’ as my father used to say, to those we love? Or even to ourselves? Don’t even the best and most fortunate of lives hint at other possibilities, at a different kind of sweetness and, yes, bitterness too? Isn’t this why we can’t help feeling cheated, even when we know we haven’t been?” wonders Sarah Lynch and many other people in Bridge of Sighs . How these questions are explored and (sometimes) answered is one of the good reasons to read this book. Other reasons include: engaging characters and places you watch grow and change over a lifetime; “You Are There” descriptions of upstate New York and Venice; simple, elegant prose and authentic dialogue. The dialogue, in fact, is one of the best reasons to choose audio format for Bridge of Sighs. The reader, Arthur Morey, makes the words of each of the diverse characters come alive – from the frightened young boy to the world-weary artist. This sensitivity and artistry convert a very fine novel to read in print into a spellbinding story to hear on CD. — Review by Christine

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This entry was posted on June 29, 2011 by in Audiobook Review, Contemporary, Fiction.
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