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Bridge of Clay

Narrated by: Markus Zusak
Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
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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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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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Magnificent

Beautiful, poignant, funny, tragic. My new favourite. Read wonderfully by Markus Zusak. Brought me undone.

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A waste of talent

It would seem he has spent all these years collecting metaphors and descriptions and used them all in the one book. Such a waste as somewhere under it all was a story to be told much simpler and more interesting. In pure desperation I gave up after 57 chapters of trying to get into the story hidden under so much tiresome wording.. I cannot believe anyone read this before he published it.

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Excellent story<br />

Fantastic narration, pace and emotion in his voice was perfect. Excellent story and incredibly well written

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Bloody hell

What a journey, not sure I would do it again but I'm sure it was worth it.

Really great having the author read the story also.

Well done Markus, thank you.

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Wrenching

So deeply moving, very teary.
Loved the Aussie accent thanks Markus!
Could hear the raw emotions.

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Heart rending and joy filling

In spite of some difficulty I had following the storyline because of the way it was structured, I loved this book. A heart rending, but joy filled story of one family's struggle to deal with death and its consequences, of the interrelationships in a family and the daily struggles and good times they entail. A tribute to life and both the sacredness of connection and the sacred sites that the author references through the book. It's given me food for thought in terms of my and my family's own sacred sites that we've shared throughout our lives and the fact that even though some of them no longer exist in the physical realm, they live on in our heart.

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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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