Cover of: The Bridge of San Luis Rey | Thornton Wilder

About the Book

The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927) tells the story of several unrelated people who happen to be on a bridge in Peru when it collapses, killing them. Philosophically, the book explores the problem of evil, or the question, of why unfortunate events occur to people who seem "innocent" or "undeserving". It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928, and in 1998 it was selected by the editorial board of the American Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of the twentieth century. The book was quoted by British Prime Minister Tony Blair during the memorial service for victims of the September 11 attacks in 2001. Since then its popularity has grown enormously. The book is the progenitor of the modern disaster epic in literature and film-making, where a single disaster intertwines the victims, whose lives are then explored by means of flashbacks to events before the disaster.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
813/.52
Library of Congress
PS3545.I345 B7 1986

The Physical Object

Pagination
148 p. ;
Number of pages
148

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL2552138M
Internet Archive
bridgeofsanluisr00wild
ISBN 10
006091341X
LC Control Number
85045925
Library Thing
25867
Goodreads
1371438

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