Monday, May 26, 2014

The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder (Winner, 1934)

I just started this book but I love the premise, which considers whether accidents occur by divine plan. Five people die when a bridge collapses after countless have walked over that bridge. 

"Either we live by accident and die by accident, or we live by plan and die by plan." – Thornton Wilder

A monk who lives near the bridge aims to explore the lives of those who died to see if he can understand why the bridge buckled while they stood on it. Why did those five die? Can research bring us to understand tragedy?

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