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Bridge of Clay

Narrated by: Markus Zusak
Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4.5 out of 5 stars (344 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the number one New York Times best-selling novel The Book Thief.

Let me tell you about our brother.
The fourth Dunbar boy named Clay.
Everything happened to him.
We were all of us changed through him.

The Dunbar boys bring each other up in a house run by their own rules. A family of ramshackle tragedy - their mother is dead, their father has fled - they love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world. 

It is Clay, the quiet one, who will build a bridge - for his family, for his past, for his sins. He's building a bridge to transcend humanness. To survive.

A miracle and nothing less.

Markus Zusak makes his long-awaited return with a profoundly heartfelt and inventive novel about a family held together by stories and a young life caught in the current: a boy in search of greatness as a cure for a painful past. 

©2018 Markus Zusak (P)2018 Pan Macmillan Australia

Critic Reviews

"An amazing talent in Australian literature." (Sunday Telegraph)

"Exquisitely written multigenerational family saga.... With heft and historical scope, Zusak creates a sensitively rendered tale of loss, grief, and guilt's manifestations." (Publishers Weekly

"An evocative, compassionate and exquisitely composed coming-of-age story about family, love, tragedy and forgiveness. Zusak's prose is distinct: astute, witty, exquisitely rhythmic, and utterly engrossing. The deliberateness of his sentences, down to the punctuation is something to savour...a profoundly moving and engaging meditation on innocence and the pliable ties that bind family together in a quintessentially Australian setting." (Australian Books+Publishing Magazine)

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couldn't finish it

This book tries too hard and makes for a difficult and uninspiring story. the Author reading the story made it dreary to listen to and I just couldn't finish the book

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Outstanding

A totally different style of writing to what I am used to, but presented with love and passion by the author, makes a great read.

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I love this book!

I listen in the car on my 1.5 hour each way commute. I found myself eager to get up each morning to listen...eager for my usually dreaded commute!

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  • Susan
  • Tomewin, NSW, Australia
  • 07-01-2019

How can a writer write a book after ‘The Bbok Theif’

With ‘Bridge of Clay’

Just finished this deep, heart filled and distinctly Australian work and yes, there are tears falling. There is so much to relate to in this work. The love, loss, the family bonds and the exquisite pain of loss and blankets of grief. And there is joy and hope ...always ...in this family, there wonder and respect and so much more...and it’s all built of Clay
Thank you Markus Zusac for telling

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An emotional roller coaster

It takes a little time to get used to the constant backwards and forwards of the story but once you’re hooked it’s easier going A story full of pain and gut wrenching moments and one that will stay with you for a long time.I loved it.

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A Beautiful Story

So beautifully told. Authentic and masterful writing. I have walked with the characters and sat in the kitchen and they will linger around the edges of my life for a long time.

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Brilliant

I loved the narration but mostly the love. Especially the freckles and the mule! Oh to be loved like that!!

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Touched my soul.

As one of 5 girls, who lost our Dad to cancer in our teens and younger, I was touched and laughed all the way to my earliest memories.

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Wonderful Read

Loved this book, such an extraordinary story. Touches on so many aspects of Australian life. A magnificent portrayal of the human condition, with its rawness, honesty, naivety and integrity...how ordinary people adults and kids cope with immense tragedy. So descriptive and incite full the characters feel like people you know. Very intelligently constructed. Highly recommend this book.

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Hard to get into

Too many characters and the non linear plot made it really hard to follow in audio format. Not my favorite!

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  • Mark
  • 19-01-2019

A masterpiece by a master storyteller <br />

I struggle for about 20 mins to get into it but thank god I persisted as this is a wonderful story read brilliantly by the author. my favourite book of 2018 (and I read it in the last days of that year). Please dont take as long to write your next masterpiece

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