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Author: Evan S. Connell
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Title: Mrs. Bridge: A Novel
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Publisher: Shoemaker & Hoard; 35974th edition (January 13, 2005)
Pages: 246

Mrs. Bridge: A Novel by Evan S. Connell



Personal Name: Connell, Evan . 1924-. Publication, Distribution, et. San Francisco, Calif. On this site it is impossible to download the book, read the book online or get the contents of a book. The administration of the site is not responsible for the content of the site. The data of catalog based on open source database. All rights are reserved by their owners. Download book Mrs. Bridge : a novel, by Evan S. Connell.

In its early pages, Mrs Bridge, Evan S Connell's 1959 debut novel, can read a little like a parody of the life of the kind of person who might have purchased one of those "How to Be a Perfect Housewife" etiquette guides that were popular during the more buttoned-up years of the last century, and which modern publishers occasionally reprint fo. But Mrs Bridge is so much more than that. It's a book about an underrepresented character in American literary fiction – the alienated upper-middle-class housewife, passing from youth to old age with a nagging existential fear – written, with great sensitivity, by a man in his early 30s. It's a book that is smart and knowing and makes its reader feel as if they're in on a joke, while at the same time gradually coaxing them to feel more and more empathy for its vaguely absurd main character, and ultimately playing them like an emotional Stradivarius.

When I think about the 1959 novel Mrs. Bridge, by Evan S. Connell, a variant of this exchange occurs to me: If you have already read it, that’s wonderful, for chances are you love it too, and know how brilliant it is. And if you haven’t read it, or perhaps have never even heard of it, well, that’s wonderful too, because you are still lucky enough to be able to read it for the first time. Bridge, the story of an upper-middle class prewar Kansas City housewife and her family and social circle, was a book my mother taught back then as part of an adult-ed fiction class at the local library. And so it sometimes made its way through the rooms, appearing on a night table or kitchen counter, heavily underlined. Bridge has achieved a status reached by very few books.

Bridge by Evan S. Connell is a collection of discrete vignettes that chronical the life of India Bridge, the wife of a prosperous Kansas City attorney and mother of his three children in the 1930s. Mrs. Bridge is a novel that is delicately laced with symbolism and nuance but has no central plot or arc, instead it relies on exquisite refracted observations that are presented in 117 short vignettes each of them one to three pages long. The the book is that it is indicative of the time and of the social strata. It is almost written like a diary.

Evan Shelby Connell Jr. (August 17, 1924 – January 10, 2013) was a . novelist, poet, and short-story writer. He also published under the name Evan S. Connell Jr. His writing covered a variety of genres, although he published most frequently in fiction. In 2009, Connell was nominated for the Man Booker International Prize, for lifetime achievement

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In this quiet way Connell exposes the Negrophobia and Jew-loathing implicit in the first novel. Walter Bridge, a prosperous Kansas City attorney, feels a panicky unease after being told that his black maid’s nephew plans to apply to Harvard. When his upset wife shows him an article on a lynching, he asks her What was this fellow doing that he shouldn’t have been doing? and insists that the Southerners he knows are the most courteous and hospitable of people.

Walter Bridge is an ambitious lawyer who redoubles his efforts and time at the office whenever he sense that his family needs something, even when what they need is more of him and less of his money. Affluence, material assets, and comforts create a cocoon of community respectability that cloaks the void within—not the skeleton in the closet but a black hole swallowing the whole household. The Bridge novels have been recognized as classics during their author’s lifetime.

Best-selling author Evan S. Connell is expert at sketching the banalities and trivialities of middle-class values, customs, and habits. Like Mr. Bridge, its counterpart, Mrs. Bridge is comprised of over one hundred titled chapters, containing vignettes, an image, a fragment of conversation, an event—all building powerfully toward the completed group portrait of a family, closely knit on the surface but deeply divided beneath by loneliness, boredom, misunderstandings, isolation, sexual longing, and terminal alienation. With a surgeon’s skill Connell cuts away the middle-class security blanket of uniformity to expose the arrested development beneath. Mrs. Bridge recedes more and more into doubt and confusion as her three children and husband become more remote and silent. The raised evening newspaper becomes almost a fire screen to deflect any possible spark of conversation. A fly caught unawares in amber for eternity is no more immobilized and exposed than Mrs. Bridge, trapped in her garage as her novel ends.
Reviews: 7
FEISKO
Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connell is a collection of discrete vignettes that chronical the life of India Bridge, the wife of a prosperous Kansas City attorney and mother of his three children in the 1930s. Mrs. Bridge is a novel that is delicately laced with symbolism and nuance but has no central plot or arc, instead it relies on exquisite refracted observations that are presented in 117 short vignettes each of them one to three pages long. The title, Mrs. Bridge, (an example of the subtle symbolism) references India Bridge’s transition to her life as the married appendage of her husband, a signifier that her roles as wife and mother supersede her individuality – she is ever the good girl/the good wife/ the good mother, and tries mightily to embrace the prescribed social persona and roles given to women of her time and status. She sees and defines herself so much through the lens of other people’s expectations of her that she hardly knows what she likes or wants or believes. For me, the most poignant moments in the book depict instances when she experiences an awareness of those personal vacancies and gets glimmerings that she’s missed out on something profound. As her children grow and leave home, and her husband works long hours to give her material security and then dies, she finds that living solely for others has impoverished both her own life and what she had to give to her relationships. She’s left alone with a vast and aimless emptiness at the end of her life.
Skunk Black
After reading “Mr. Bridge” I turned immediately to MRS. BRIDGE, both written by Evan S. Connell (1924-2013). “Mr. Bridge” was the story of a lawyer, meandering through his life of industriousness, indifference, and conservatism. His interaction with family and friends was well presented with wit and introspective insight. MRS. BRIDGE is the wife’s view of the same life, as represented by her own feelings, thoughts and relationships.

Both books explore the world of the 1920s to the 1940s of a conventional couple trying to live with both social expectations and the handling of three difficult children but seemingly incapable of handling either. The dysfunction leads to wide gaps in the emotional relationship between them and their children and with each other.

Once again I appreciate Connell’s story and his writing skills. India Bridge suffers with many demons. She is insecure, bored, missing earlier romantic moments with her husband, and feeling estranged from her children. I find her to be extremely interesting; someone yearning for understanding and affection, and putting out desperate feelers for friendship. She is awkward and forward in her search and the results are both painful and humorous. Not surprisingly, her attempt to tell Mr. Bridge that she needs therapy for her unease results in rather abrupt dismissal, typical of their relationship..

At first glance it would seem that she has everything needed for a satisfied existence. She enjoys wealth, a live-in housekeeper, a laundress, a magnificent home, friends, and leisure time for special pursuits. Her husband is not attentive and her children treat her unkindly for her attempts at motherhood. Her friends are mostly superficial and pursue incompatible interests. She has no regular activities that keep her involved and focused: As a result, time drags, leading to boredom and excessive introspection.

Connell is a magnificent writer. He is not judgmental, nor does he expect his readers to follow any predisposed opinions. He lays out the story and leaves the reader to make of it as they see fit, making any resemblance to one’s own existence to be in the beholder’s eye. It is intriguing, however, to recognize how he has discerned the ordinary human condition.

I strongly recommend both MR. BRIDGE and MRS. BRIDGE as great literary adventures. While not runaway best sellers, both books have sold steadily and in good numbers. I find them very enjoyable.

Schuyler T Wallace
Author of TIN LIZARD TALES
Zut
I have a Ph.D. in English and in all my years of study I never came across this author. Perhaps it was the movie "Mr. Bridges" that brought a forgotten author to light, but however it happened, I'm very glad it did. This is writing on par with Hemingway. It is short, simple, sometimes beautiful, sometimes brutal. It could easily be "the" classic novel about life & expectations in the United States in & around the 1950s, describing the parents of the Baby Boom generation. It's also an example of how the nuclear family, living in isolation in the suburbs is not the best social model for creating engaged human beings and emotional growth . . . but now I'm going beyond the scope of a review . . . .
DEAD-SHOT
Written in 1959, Evan S. Connell’s novel MRS. BRIDGE tells the story about a well-to-do family living in Kansas City. It’s a glimpse into the daily goings on of Mrs. Bridge, her three children, and her busy at work attorney husband, who, while he seemingly adores her, showering her with lavish gifts upon her birthday each year, is absent and does not shower her with the affection she seems to crave. We see Harriet, their African American housekeeper, who is relegated to the kitchen and not treated with the respect that she deserves, nor is the next-door neighbor’s gardener’s daughter who regularly comes over to play with one of their daughters. Pre-Civil Rights sentiments are glaringly obvious in the Bridges’ household and among their country club set.
The the book is that it is indicative of the time and of the social strata. It is almost written like a diary. Daily events are jotted down. A glimpse of Mrs. Bridge’s thoughts and activities are recorded as are her longings, her feelings as a wife and a mother.
The book is poignant, funny, evocative, capturing a time and place so well.