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The Bridge
The Bridge | Enza Gandolfo
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Did the dead exist? Were they watching? Were they ghosts? Not the kind hed imagined as a child, draped with white sheets, with the ability to walk through walls, but the kind that lodged themselves in your heart, in your memories, the kind that came to you in dreams, that you could see when you closed your eyes and sometimes even when your eyes were opened. In 1970s Melbourne, 22-year-old Italian migrant Antonello is newly married and working as a rigger on the West Gate Bridge, a gleaming monument to a modern city. When the bridge collapses one October morning, killing 35 of his workmates, his world crashes down on him. In 2009, Jo and her best friend, Ashleigh, are on the verge of finishing high school and flush with the possibilities for their future. But one terrible mistake sets Jos life on a radically different course. Drawing on true events of Australias worst industrial accident a tragedy that still scars the city The Bridge is a profoundly moving novel that examines class, guilt, and moral culpability. Yet it shows that even the most harrowing of situations can give way to forgiveness and redemption. Ultimately, it is a testament to survival and the resilience of the human spirit.
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LapReader
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Reading in Samoa next to my normally a non reader step daughter Tilly. The bridge collapsed very early on in this book so where to next I wonder?

DrawingSustenance 🏖😎🍹 1mo
CarolynM The water looks beautiful! 1mo
AmyG That looks heavenly. 1mo
ClairesReads It‘s unexpected how early that happens- but I still found it really interesting. Hope you like it 1mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous spot 1mo
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Freespirit
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Night shift reading hopefully tonight all going well📚The Bridge which is my current #litsypostalmarkup . I am hoping to finish it before I go on holidays in 4 days to Scandinavia😍

BookishTrish Have a fun time 3mo
Freespirit Thanks @BookishTrish I‘m sure I will🤗 3mo
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CarolynM
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This book wasn't what I was expecting and I think that's coloured my judgement a little. It is an insightful and thought provoking meditation on the consequences of tragedy, living with grief and assigning responsibility both legal and moral. However, for me, it was not as moving as it could have been. I think it was trying to cover too much ground, a bit more focus would have given it a lot more emotional impact. #ozfiction #lmpbc #groupz

CarolynM @Freespirit I sent the book express post this afternoon so hopefully it will reach you on Tuesday 🙂 3mo
Freespirit Awesome🤗 @CarolynM 3mo
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CarolynM
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#lmpbc #groupz

I was hoping to get this finished today and get it in the mail for you @Freespirit but I've fallen a bit behind. Should be done by the end of the week and I'll send it on express post. Sorry to keep you waiting.

Freespirit No problem @CarolynM 👍🏻 I am away from Aug 20 but hope I can get it read and posted to @thegreensofa by then. Looking forward to reading it. 3mo
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KathrynElise
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A tragic, beautiful and moving story that, for me at least, hit close to home. Full of hard truths and revelations, this book wrapped itself around my heart and squeezed with all its might ❤️

On a side note, this is also probably the best Australian novel I‘ve read to date 👏🏼🇦🇺

#popsugar19 - a novel based on a #truestory

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KathrynElise
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1. Tagged 🌉

2. “The factories rang their end-of-shift sirens, and herds of workers dashed through cyclone-wire gates towards their cars and bikes, or the narrow footpaths that lead to railway stations and bus stops”. 🚃

3. “In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you”. - Mortimer J Adler

#weekendreads 📖📖📖

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ClairesReads
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This is a novel that examines tragedy, both large and small in scale. Through these twin tragedies, Gandolfo interrogates some challenging ideas about both human nature, and urban Australian society- social mobility, and immobility, generational change and stasis, it‘s a reminder of the role of chance in determining the outcomes of the poor decisions which we universally make, and that in the face of immeasurable loss and grief that life endures.

Redheadrambles Pleased you enjoyed this one 👍🏻 7mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles thanks for encouraging me this way- I probably wouldn‘t have picked this up without the trusty group 7mo
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Joanne1
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Apart from a couple of bits that I didn‘t buy or were a bit jarring this was a really good book, my second favourite on the #stellaprize shortlist so far (but I haven‘t read the winner yet). The devastating ripple effects of twin tragedies and the complex nature to teen friendship were both dealt with honestly and with compassion. The familiar setting also made the book more real for me.

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ClairesReads
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I am really enjoying this book but WHHHHYYYY does it have a typo?!

rretzler I hate finding typos in books and it seems to happen more and more often. 7mo
Redwritinghood Oops! And on the same page! 7mo
ClairesReads @rretzler I know it‘s human error and I would also probably miss something like that but UGH it grates me still 7mo
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ClairesReads @Redwritinghood just not ideal hey? 7mo
Joanne1 I‘ve just finished and found at least four typos/errors in it. Every time I read it totally took me away from the story. 7mo
ClairesReads @Joanne1 annoying hey??? It‘s a good read otherwise 7mo
Suet624 I have to type that name when typing the local school board minutes. I can never remember which way to type it. 😂😂 7mo
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ClairesReads
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I‘ve been looking forward to this #Stellaprize short list read #indiebuddyreads

RadicalReader Beautiful book cover 7mo
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Joanne1
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Despite the fact that this story is set before I was born there is something very familiar about it. Perhaps because I‘ve been driving over the bridge in question since I was a small girl. #stellaprize #oxfiction

CarolynM My next read🙂 7mo
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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt24 My final two books are both new Aussie reads, one fiction, one non fiction. This novel is set in Melbourne, Victoria in two time periods. In the 1970s, 22yr old Italian immigrant Antonello is working as a digger on the West Gate Bridge until it collapses one October morning, killing 35 of his work mates. In 2009 Jo has just finished high school & has the world at her feet, until one terrible mistake brings it crashing down.

CarolynM I really want to read this soon, it's sitting there looking at me🙂 7mo
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Sue
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This one smacked me in the feels.

A wonderful story about family, friendship, grief and loss.

#stellaprize2019 #aussiesrule2019

CarolynM On my list🙂 8mo
Sue @CarolynM it‘s so good 💜 8mo
Joanne1 I‘ve just started this one and it got it hooks in to me from the get go. 7mo
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CarolynM
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#BridgeOverTroubledWater #MarchIntoThe70s

Partly set in 1970 and drawing on the true story of the collapse of the partly built Westgate Bridge that killed 35 workers, this novel is on the shortlist for the 2019 Stella Prize. I'm looking forward to reading it. #ozfiction

Cinfhen #stacked 👍🏻😉 8mo
Lizpixie I‘ve already ordered this from Booktopia thanks to your recommendation! #stacked 8mo
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