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THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY by  Thornton WILDER - Signed First Edition - 1927 - from Charles Agvent (SKU: 020512)

THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY

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THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY

by WILDER, Thornton

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London: Longmans, Green and Co. Ltd., 1927. First British Edition. Hardcover. Fine in a scarce, close to Fine dustwrapper with a small chip at the head of the slightly darkened spine. Precedes the American edition by a few days, of this winner of Wilder's first of three Pulitzer Prizes. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the front endpaper: "For Mrs. Edward J. Pearson/with the regard of/Thornton Wilder/New York/Jan 16, 1931."

Synopsis

The Bridge of San Luis Rey is American author Thornton Wilder's second novel, first published in 1927 to worldwide acclaim. It tells the story of several interrelated people who die in the collapse of an Inca rope-fiber suspension bridge in Peru, and the events that lead up to their being on the bridge. A friar who has witnessed the tragic accident then goes about inquiring into the lives of the victims, seeking some sort of cosmic answer to the question of why each had to die.

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On Oct 5 2010, Sergerca said:
We all have a worldview (don't we?) that influences just about everything we encounter. Literature is no exception. Perhaps that is why I thought the main point of Thornton Wilder's outstanding The Bridge of San Luis Rey was so obvious.In many of the reviews I've read, many have stated that Wilder leaves the main conclusion up to the reader. I must disagree. The final line, so quoted by many of the reviewers, makes it all very clear to me. "All those impulses of love return to the love that made them." Perhaps, had Wilder capitalized the second "love" more would have drawn the same conclusion as I. That love is, of course, the love of the Father. This short book is rooted in Christian realism -- summed up in that final page. Life and God's ways as they pertain to life, are a mystery to the believer. Seemingly saintly people die far too early in inexplicable circumstances-- a bridge that has lasted for centuries one day breaks under the weight of an old woman, a cripple, an old man, a young girl, and a young man. But the "why" is not for us to know. We all must live in the comfort that it is His will that reigns, not ours, and that the love which sustained us in this life will see us to the next. Perhaps Brother Juniper found his answer. I know I recognized mine.

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Bookseller
Charles Agvent US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
020512
Title
THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY
Author
WILDER, Thornton
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Fine in a scarce, close to Fine dustwrapper with a small chip at the head of the slightly darkened spine
Quantity-available
1
Edition
First British Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Longmans, Green and Co. Ltd.
Place of Publication
London
Date Published
1927
Keywords
Signed; Pulitzer Prize; Inscribed; Modern First Editions; Thornton Wilder; Movie Fiction; Modern Firsts
Bookseller catalogs
Pulitzer Prize;

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We carry a diverse and select stock with major specialties including Modern and 19th Century Literary First Editions, Signed Books & Autographs (especially Presidential and Literary), and Limited Editions Club books. We have been in business since 1987 and are proud to be members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB).

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