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Bridge of Clay - Markus Zusak

Paperback Published: 9th October 2018
ISBN: 9781760559922
Number Of Pages: 592

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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.

Yes, always for us there was a brother, and he was the one - the one of us amongst five of us - who took all of it on his shoulder.

Over hyped shocker

1

Oh the anticipation, the excitement, the joy I felt knowing that Markus was about to enchant us once again. I am acutely aware that follow up novels - well follow up to anything that has been an almighty mind blowing success is always a big ask and the pressure to deliver once again is huge. I am here to rain on that parade. This book is a dud. Boring, full of unimaginative sterotypes and the staccato style of writing was extremely irritating, it was like reading a book for five year olds. The book took forever to get going, if at all, I kept hoping that Markus would show us his former brilliance and I was dearly hoping for a sentence longer than five words, neither appeared. I gave up. I have not finished this book. Rarely do I do that but life is too short for bad books. Well boring books. Back to the attic for you Markus.

Toowoomba

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Worth it.

5

Hard to find my way with it at the start. Almost gave up then had a friend suggest I persevere. Glad that I did. I loved the characters so much. I didn't want the book to end. Haven't felt this way about a book since reading 'cloud street '.

Sydney

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I cried, I laughed & fell in love

5

I absolutely adored this book. I fell in love with the Dunbar boys. I cried with them & laughed with them and my heart broke for them. Markus Zusak is such a talent. This is his best book so far.

Ballarat

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Needs a Dunbar Sequel

5

So many reviews saying this book was slow to take off. It literally starts with a Donkey and a Huge race. not sure what everyone is saying. I fell in love with Dunbar boys and their stories from the minute they turned up to the track. Zusak is a master storyteller cannot wait for the next one.

Goulburn

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Patience required

3

The story is intriguing but takes too long to understand the story line. I would recommend only to those readers who have the time and patience to wade through the early pages - perhaps 25% - then it is worthwhile. Good for holiday read when time is not the enemy.

Melbourne

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Beautiful words, intriguing story

5

This is a classic Zusak. Just as Book Thief & Messenger are beautifully crafted & unique in their plot, so is Bridge of Clay. Makes you fall in love with the vulnerability, and emotional fragility of the male species. Great holiday read, or luxurious curl up on the couch and read days.

Melb

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Very different style

3

Hard to get into but once your in your hooked

Bowen

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Intriguing Read

5

You would think this is a story about mean guys, but reason and you find it is not. The love of the brothers is paramount.

Brisbane

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Ultimately rewarding

4

Surprised that it was quite difficult to get into this story, but eventually I got used to the frequent change of rhythm and time and characters, and enjoyed it. Friends visiting from far away said they'd had the same experience. Seems strange when we're all bookworms. Just don't expect anything like The Book Thief.

Rural NSW

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Absolutely wonderful. Beautifully written

5

Wonderful book. One of the best I have ever read

Tintenbar

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Bridge of Clay

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ISBN: 9781760559922
ISBN-10: 176055992X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 592
Published: 9th October 2018
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.6  x 4.3
Weight (kg): 0.73

Markus Zusak

About the Author


Markus Zusak was born in 1975 and is the author of five books, including the international bestseller, The Book Thief, which is translated into more than forty languages. First released in 2005, The Book Thief has spent more than a decade on the New York Times bestseller list, and still remains there to this day.

His first three books, The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe and When Dogs Cry (also known as Getting the Girl), released between 1999 and 2001, were all published internationally and garnered a number of awards and honours in his native Australia and the USA.

The Messenger (or I am the Messenger), published in 2002, won the 2003 Australian Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award (Older Readers) and the 2003 NSW Premier’s Literary Award (Ethel Turner Prize), as well as receiving a Printz Honour in America. It also won numerous national readers choice awards across Europe, including, in 2007, the highly regarded Deutscher Jugendliteratur Jugendjury prize in Germany, which he won again for The Book Thief in 2010. It is The Book Thief, however, that has established Markus Zusak as one of the most successful authors to come out of Australia. To date, The Book Thief has held the number one position on the New York Times bestseller list, as well as in countries across South America, Europe and Asia. It has also been in the top five bestsellers in the UK and several other territories. It has amassed many and varied awards, ranging from literary prizes to readers choice awards to prizes voted on by booksellers. It was the only book to feature on both the USA and UK World Book Night Lists in 2012, and has been voted as Australian readers’ favourite book by Dymocks three years running.

In 2013, The Book Thief was adapted to screen, directed by Emmy Award-winning Brian Percival (Downton Abbey) and shot in Berlin by Twentieth Century Fox. The cast was headlined by Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush (Shine, The King’s Speech) and Academy Award nominee Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves, Anna Karenina). It also cast Sophie Nelisse (Monsieur Lazhar), as Liesel Meminger.

The Guardian calls The Book Thief “a novel of breathtaking scope, masterfully told.” The New York Times: “Brilliant and hugely ambitious…the kind of book that can be life-changing.” The Age: “an original, moving, beautifully written book.”

In 2014, Zusak received the American Library Association’s Margaret Edwards award for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature, for his body of work ranging from The Underdog up to The Book Thief.

Markus Zusak grew up in Sydney, Australia, and still lives there with his wife and two children.

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