Book Review

Bridge of Clay

Author: Markus Zusak
Published: 2018, Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: Contemporary
Setting: Australia

This is the story of the Dunbar boys, five brothers coping with their mother’s death and father’s abandonment.

Told from the viewpoint of the oldest brother and through a series of flashbacks, we see how their parents met and the impetus behind their father’s motivation.

This one started out slow for me as the story just didn’t catch my attention, but by the middle I was hooked. It was a quick read from there. I won’t reveal much about the plot because it would ruin the wonderful way in which the story builds.

Zusak’s skill as a writer is enviable: his metaphors are original and his characters, deep and three dimensional.

I loved The Book Thief, and, while I can’t say that I liked this one quite as much, Bridge of Clay  was a great read!


Rating: 4/5


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2 thoughts on “Bridge of Clay

    1. That’s too bad! That was one of my favorite reads the year I read it. I think the style takes a while to get used to, but after that it was wonderful.

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