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~FREE PDF ♬ Mrs. Bridge ♖ Alternate Cover Edition For ISBN Can Be Found Here The Wife Of A Successful Lawyer In S Kansas City, India Bridge, Tries To Cope With Her Dissatisfaction With An Easy, Though Empty, LifeBefore Betty Friedan Wrote The Feminine Mystique There Was Mrs Bridge, An Inspired Novel Set In The Years Around World War II That Testified To The Sapping Ennui Of An Unexamined Suburban Life India Bridge, The Title Character, Has Three Children And A Meticulous Workaholic Husband She Defends Her Dainty, Untouched Guest Towels From Son Douglas, Who Has The Gall To Dry His Hands On One, And Earnestly Attempts To Control Her Daughters With Pronouncements Such As Now See Here, Young Lady In The Morning One Doesn T Wear Earrings That Dangle Though Her Life Is Increasingly Filled With Leisure And Plenty, She Can T Shuffle Off Vague Feelings Of Dissatisfaction, Confusion, And Futility Evan S Connell, Who Also Wrote The Twinned Novel Mr Bridge, Builds A World With Tiny Brushstrokes And Short, Telling Vignettes This is absolutely the funniest book I have read in ages The humor lies primarily in the prose, but what the characters do is funny too The humor is satirical, but never nasty The characters are kind, and yet at the same time they remain absolutely real To be able to draw characters that readers will like and are true to life takes talent Keep in mind though, that nice people are not spared life s difficulties.The ending is utterly superb It will surprise you too How in the world did the author think up this I was completely caught off guard A message is conveyed that speaks volumes.The author s words are sparse The text is not wordy Each word is perfect and absolutely right Both what the characters say and what they do are pitch perfect If you appreciate realism, this is a book for you There are many, many short chapters Each chapter makes a statement, and each chapter flows fluidly into the next The effect is a string of clever statements, one after the other They flow together and give you a story Then, you reach the end and the message smacks you in the face I am trying to describe the flow, the feel of the story It is not ordinary It is different It is unique There is not a hint of melodrama.Maybe, just maybe, this book will speak first and foremost to baby boomers Do you remember expressions such as these And your father is going to hear about this I gotta express my personality I am at the end of my rope And that is final I mean business I have only a split second Wait till you meet Grace Baron who reflects and then says, The orbit is so small You must read the book to discover her fate and what happens to India and Walter Bridge and their three children Ruth, Caroline and Douglas Those searching for books that mirror how kids behave will love this book.Sally Darling narrates the audiobook version Her narration cannot be given anything but five stars It is perfect, stunning, fabulous She reads slowly, pausing, letting you know that what is said has two meanings and the important one is the one implied She is saying, pay attention, don t miss the humor, don t miss the significance of what is said She uses different intonations for different characters Each intonation captures perfectly that person s personality If you ever listen to audiobooks, listen to this Don t read it.In 1969 Mr Bridge was published, a decade after Mrs Bridge In both books we follow the two Bridges and their three kids This is an upper middle class family living in Kansas City during the 1930s and through the war He is lawyer, she is a stay at home mom We watch the kids grow up and we observe the change in family dynamics as the years pass In the first book we see these years through her eyes and in the second through his Mrs Bridge is not a book about the war years It is a book about family and being a mom and raising kids and finding a place in the world when the kids have gone.I threw away all my reading plans The minute I completed Mrs Bridge, I had to immediately begin Mr Bridge This is not normal behavior for me and it shows you how much I enjoyed this book Now I am wondering, will Mr Bridge be as good If you re like me, there may be certain privileged disenchanted types you feel like telling, Get a real problem I thought for a while Mrs Bridge would qualify for that kind of reproach She had a comfortable life at a time when many did not, she had few responsibilities, and the status quo, such as she perceived it, suited her fine Whence the angst, then Reading on, we see from where very clearly I was no longer tempted to say her problems weren t real Thanks to Connell s many revealing vignettes, everything about her rang true.Mrs Bridge and her husband, a successful lawyer who worked long hours at the office, lived in Kansas City with their two daughters and younger son The time period covered the twenties up to WWII During much of this time, of course, the country was in The Great Depression, but you wouldn t know it by them Her Lincoln, laundry, kitchen and home were well tended At first I viewed her as a kind of numeraire a God fearing Midwestern middlebrow against whom the differing attitudes of the day and quirks of other characters could be measured Then, as tiles in the mosaic were put in place 117 short chapters , I found that her own nuanced profile had emerged It wasn t always one we could admire, but it was one we could understand She was a recognizable product of human nature and the times.There are so many examples of Connell s brilliant character bites that it s difficult to come up with a representative few that can illustrate These tidbits did not constitute a plot, but they were interesting enough in their own right to keep the narrative lively Characters other than Mrs Bridge were profiled, too, including her family, servants and friends We re reminded of the state of race relations knowing one s place in essence and the role of many housewives in the pre feminist era deferring to the husband in most every way Mrs Bridge was the most fully drawn, of course Mr Bridge got his chance in a follow up book Connell published 10 years later She was not one to speak her mind if it could be construed as poor manners to do so a careful student of appearances innately suspicious of change friends with a woman who liked arts and books, but could never seem to follow through with her own self improvements Spanish lessons curtailed after chapter 1, her short lived political awareness campaign yielded the way to Mr Bridge s pronouncements, and books were often abandoned progressively less successful imparting her old values to the new generation of BridgesWhile it was not always easy to like Mrs Bridge, it was no leap at all to feel sorry for her As her children grew independent, she had very little to do Companionship from her husband was minimal And the purposelessness she felt really stung To sum it all up, Connell s last short chapter presented the perfect ending view spoiler Mrs Bridge was pulling her Lincoln out of the garage when the engine died Her door was right up against the side of the garage and the other doors were obstructed, too She was trapped, with no clue of how to get out Would anyone hear her cries for help If so, when hide spoiler 5 Her first name was India she was never able to get used to it It seemed to her that her parents must have been thinking of someone else when they named her Or were they hoping for another sort of daughter As a child she was often on the point of inquiring, but time passed, and she never did That last phrase sums up her story, that she was often on the point of something, but time passed and something else intervened.India Bridge was what might now be called a whitebread girl, raised in the American Midwest in Kansas after WWI She didn t think she d bother to get married, but lawyer Walter Bridge called on her often, telling her his dream to take his wife whenever I finally decide to marry on a tour of Europe He persisted until he convinced her to accept him She was not certain what she wanted from life, or what to expect from it, for she had seen so little of it, but she was sure that in some way because she willed it to be so her wants and her expectations were the same This is a touching portrait both sad and funny the kind of story that may make you burst out laughing at her but then realise that all Mrs Bridge knows is what she was taught proper behaviour She has internalised a handbook of appropriate behaviour, so if she follows the rules, life will turn out just fine, which is probably why she married, because it was expected of her Written in 1959, this takes place mostly between the two World Wars Many people born post WWII would know or have been raised by mothers like Mrs Bridge women who had been told how to deal with servants, tradespeople, business people, and their own, middle upper or upper social class.Life for them was just about as cut and dried as the Indian caste system or medieval society with nobles and peasants It was only one step removed from America s colonial past and slavery But life doesn t always follow the rules There is a kind of underlying terror to her days She keeps waiting for something, anything The book opens with a Walt Whitman quotation But where is what I started for so long ago And why is it yet unfound She is stuck in a time warp, with a pre war set of already outdated social standards, and she s just aware enough to feel uncomfortable and itchy, but far too timid to do anything about it, fearful that she will annoy her husband and embarrass herself She envies but worries about her friend Grace Barron, who wears different clothes and rails loudly against discrimination and the poor treatment of Native Americans Mostly, I cringed a lot, hearing echoes of my childhood and feeling again my own discomfort when in a situation where I don t know what the appropriate behaviour is I grew up in the American Midwest, but I left before I learned how to tip, for example As a result, when I used to travel to visit the US, I tended to hang onto my own bag because I wasn t sure what to do Mr Bridge is a strong background figure a wait till your father gets home sort of fellow who always knows how to tip , and a man who believed the longer he worked, the better he was providing for his family He is a man who takes care of everything He gives her amazing birthday presents, one of which is an enormous Lincoln car that she can t park.Her children, of course, are another generation entirely and considerably free wheeling than their parents There are two girls, whom she understands a bit, and a lively little boy, whom she doesn t understand at all Why, oh why, did Douglas use the guest towel in the bathroom when they had company over Oh, the horror of it all They were quite small, not much larger than a handkerchief, and no one ever touched them After the visitors had gone home she would carefully lift them from the rack and replace them in the box till next time Nobody touched them because they looked too nice guests always did as she herself did in their homes she would dry her hands on a piece of Kleenex I remember guest towels well, and I bet I have some somewhere in a box that I never knew what to do with But Mrs Bridge hid all the real towels, so what s a poor boy to do She butts heads with teenaged Ruth over her not carrying a purse when going out Ruth was still admiring herself in the mirrorI shouldn t think you could carry much in those pocketsRuth stepped backward, narrowed her eyes, and unfastened the top button of her blouseReally, you need some things,Mrs Bridge remarked a trifle sharplyAnd button yourself up, for goodness sake You look like a chorus girl Good night,said Ruth flatly and started for the door But, dear, a lady always carries a purseMrs Bridge was saying when the door closed She misses the early closeness with Mr Bridge and realises he will always spend time at the office and in his study than with her They had started off together to explore something that promised to be wonderful, and, of course, there had been wonderful times And yet, thought Mrs Bridge, why is it that we haven t that nothing has that whatever we She has a full time housekeeper who cooks and cleans and comes in the back door with the tradespeople Mrs Bridge is a lady of leisure, desperate for validation, or at least for someone to spend time with It s the maid s day off, so with nobody to talk to, she calls a friend who comes for coffee and they decide to have a snack, which they will have to fix themselvesStrawberries and whipped cream she suggestedThese are frozen, of course They don t really taste the same as the fresh, but they certainly are a time saverOh, the irony The whole book is full of these gems that you may not even notice Mrs Bridge certainly doesn t, at least not outwardly Inwardly, she is still feeling she s missed something, but she doesn t quite know what it is She could start by planting strawberries I can t wait to read Mr Bridge now I have seen it said that the author based Mrs Bridge on his mother I would recognise her a mile away Wonderful story. Le esta novela en una edici n que inclu a tambi n Mr Bridge y a pesar de que diez a os separan la escritura de ambas novelas y aunque las dos poseen entidad propia, recomiendo fervorosamente su lectura conjunta El primer aspecto que quiero resaltar es la habilidad del autor para construir un relato de 640 p ginas sobre la vida de una normalita familia conservadora americana de los a os 30 sin que ello nos resulte aburrido en ning n momento En la novela no hay grandes acontecimientos, la vida transcurre con normalidad, con los incidentes t picos de una familia en su anodina vida Sin embargo, toda ella est construida sobre otra novela interior de la que se nos ir alertando con peque os detalles diseminados por los m s de 250 peque os cap tulos en los que se divide Cap tulos estos que podr an ser peque os relatos precursores del realismo sucio que vendr despu s aunque este no sea sucio en absoluto aunque bueno, habr que leerla para descubrir a qu me refiero con este aunque.Narrado en tercera persona, la primera parte se centra en la vida de la se ora Bridge El retrato que Connell hace de ella es perfecto Con una prosa sencilla y a base de peque as p ldoras, de fragmentos de la vida de esta mujer y de su familia, el autor nos va mostrando la profunda soledad e insatisfacci n que padece esta mujer d bil, inocente hasta la bober a, infeliz, sin reconocerlo, en la vida que ella misma ha elegido Una mujer incapaz de rebelarse ante nada, que espera a saber las opiniones ajenas antes de atreverse a dar la suya, que nunca es tajante, que solo busca impedir la confrontaci n Racista, clasista sin saber que lo es o, mejor a n, sin pararse a pensar si lo es madre amant sima de unos hijos que van creciendo y apart ndose de ella, y casada con un hombre absorto en su trabajo y del que en realidad no sabe nada, que no muestra ning n sentimiento hacia ella y que sin embargoPor su parte, Mr Bridge es un r gido conservador de la Am rica profunda, hom fobo, racista, machista, intransigente De una sola pieza o eso quiere hacernos creer Aunque su personalidad tenga muchos menos recovecos que la de su mujer, tambi n aqu iremos leyendo esa novela subterr nea construida en base a peque os detalles que nos ir n ofreciendo aspectos de otra persona que emerge en contadas ocasiones y que nos ir n descubriendo su conciencia de la insustancialidad de su vida Una vida que, como la de su mujer, es la que siempre ha querido vivir, de la que se siente orgulloso.Ambas partes se complementan a la perfecci n para ofrecernos el retrato de esa familia de clase media en la que no todo es lo que parece, ni siquiera para los que la integran Altamente recomendable. What a patient and subtle novel Mrs Bridge, portrait of an upper middle class matron in 1920s 30s 40s Kansas City, would be less effective if Connell s satirical sense were cartoonish or caricatural, or if he had chosen to distance himself from the milieu of his own childhood with rounds of wordy denunciation It is easy to caricature those who strive to be unerringly conventional absolutely, unthreateningly recognizable to whatever peers they re set among as edgeless and dull, with a vast unquestioning silence where a self should be Connell shows us how such people are actually the opposite of placidly dull In fact with a little quiet attention, and some graceful empathy, their inner lives soon reveal anxiety and torment, jagged emotions of loneliness and deprivation, consciousness crazed by fear of standing out in a negative way Connell traces Mrs Bridge s ingratiating gestures and careful clich s back to their turbid source the need to conceal the sexual frustration and loneliness of her merely ceremonial marriage Every aspect of boring propriety, every blandly genteel touch at a certain age a boy must begin to wear a homburg, young ladies must never go out without a purse Connell shows to be dictated by a complex machinery of calculation, a desperate vigilance over appearances We all know a Mrs Bridge agreeable and sociably smooth with strangers and acquaintances her husband numbers among those , but a nagging burden to intimates, especially to his or her children, the class implications of whose presentation and deportment provokes an untiring, inescapable fussing She s the kind of parent from whom the least adventurous child must hide its life Connell s is the best anatomy of I know of the deathliness of the middlebrow, and of the poverty of affluent people who lack for nothing except a sharable, cultural language for difficult experience Mrs Bridge s everything is just perfect respectability denies her emotional complexity, and it denies the body without even the facilely antithetical pretense of exalting the mind She occupies a decorous, euphemistic, airlessly artificial state from which both intellectuality and sensuality are barred Her state makes me think of the Americans disassociated from the earthy peasant traditions and meaningful religious practices of immigrant ancestors by the upward mobility of their anxiously assimilative, suburbanite parents or grandparents, while at the same time having little access to the sensual and emotional wisdom to be found in the art forms the mainstream routinely ghettoizes with the daunting label high culture Mrs Bridge s spirited children Ruth and Douglas rebel by seeking out exotically and to their mother, odorously ethnic lovers even the conformist Carolyn marries beneath her The Bridge children are the very type of contemporary Americans who whine about not having a culture and they re absolutely right Or say, they have a culture, but it s not one you can live in None of the things Mrs Bridge wishes to ritually pass down to her children is at all sustaining or nutritive, none of it says anything honest or memorable about our emotions, our minds, our bodies Ruth and Douglas flee from her because she has nothing to give, because when she talks to them about life she lies The tragedy of the book is that she loves them so deeply but earns their distrust by always pretending they re still little children who can be fooled In a wonderful vignette, Mrs Bridge wants to put together and hand down to her kids albums made up of clippings of the short philosophical quotations that appear in the local society paper She finally abandons the plan when one of the usually affirmative and cheery maxims turns out to contain the difficult humane substance she habitually shuns Mrs Bridge, being considerably interested in these maxims, had at one point thought of beginning a nice scrapbook with the idea of handing it on to the children Though she had not found time for this she continued to try to memorize certain quotations, despite the fact that there never seemed to be an appropriate occasion to re quote them A line from Montaigne set her to thinking I have always observed a singular accord between super celestial ideas and subterranean behavior In less crystalline style she had observed somewhat the same thing and was puzzled by it she recalled the strange case of Dr Foster, who had been positively identified at the burlesque, not once which could have been attributed to his gathering material for a sermon but several times Further he never mentioned it Over the wisdom of Montaigne she brooded, eventually reaching the conclusion that if super celestial ideas were necessarily accompanied by subterranean behavior it might be better to forego them both. Foregoing those, what are you left with Dainty hand towels no one dries hands on. Un opprimente senso di attesaAll inizio della tua vita qualcuno ti d un nome Poi qualcuno ti iscrive a una scuola Poi all et giusta una persona che ha caratteristiche giuste ti sposa perch fanno tutti cos ed giusto che anche tu lo faccia Vai a vivere in un luogo che altri hanno deciso e l incontri amiche che frequentano tutte lo stesso ambiente.Fai tre figli, che accudisci con molta attenzione, ricambiata poco o niente hai anche spesso la sensazione che loro ti ritengano un peso, ti ritengano di troppo Accudisci il marito, che per vive principalmente del suo lavoro passando la maggior parte del proprio tempo fuori casa.Quando ti verrebbe voglia di fare qualche cosa per te, c sempre qualcos altro pi importante incombenze, dettagli e commissioni che non lasciano spazio ad altro.Ti conformi al modo generale di pensare Ma il tempo passa, i capelli ingrigiscono e impercettibilmente si inizia a fare strada nella tua mente una insoddisfazione, una sensazione di vuoto, di solitudine.La storia di Mrs Bridge raccontata da questo romanzo pare grigia, ma ha dentro di s una potenza inaudita Non servono colpi di scena o tragedie eclatanti o suicidi o lanci di piatti per essere efficaci.Qui tutto nascosto, sotterraneo Un grigiore che pagina dopo pagina diventa sempre pi pesante, un vuoto che mina le fondamenta su cui si basa la vita di questa donna e, probabilmente, di molte donne E, perch no, anche di molti uomini, con qualche variazione.Cosa ci serve per essere felici A cosa aspiriamo Possiamo avere tutto e ritenerci profondamente insoddisfatti Come fare per non arrivare alla fine dei nostri giorni dicendo tutto quiCosa avrei potuto fare di diversoHo vissutoInizia in sordina questo romanzo, quasi intrattenimento leggero, ma progressivamente si trasforma in ansia, in disagio, in dolore sussurrato, in dramma interiore Per arrivare a un finale che definirei decisamente un capolavoro.E noi Siamo sicuri di non somigliare a Mrs Bridge A quietly devastating portrayal of a housewife shorn of all personality or free will, raising her typical kids in a typical Midwestern breadbasket under the aegis of her all powerful husband who has a sequel in which to express his own typicality The effect is similar to the poetic melodrama of The Book of Disquiet, but with a lightly mocking and tender heartedly sympathetic tone, and less insufferable moaning posing as philosophical profundity In under 200 canny pages this novel slowly disassembles the American Dream and blasts the capitalist utopia into smithereens with achingly lovely paragraphs of emptiness, loneliness and trivial domestic matters At times unbearably sad and poignant As friend Grace Barron ably sums up Have you ever felt like those people in the Grimm fairytale the ones who were all hollowed out in the back p176 This is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and understated character study of a country club wife in the early 20th century of a woman dedicated to outward appearances, to decency and propriety, to doing what is expected And all the while you get the suffocating sense of a person who s becoming and lost and empty, trapped in the silences that mark her days It s told in a series of short chapters short vignettes, really and the effect is one that builds layer upon fine layer, like fine brush strokes upon a canvas The opening paragraph is a wonderful little example of those small revealing moments that mark this book Her first name was India she was never able to get used to it It seemed to her that her parents must have been thinking of someone else when they named her Or were they hoping for another sort of daughter As a child she was often on the point of inquiring, but time passed, and she never did. I can t for the life of me figure out what makes this novel so great, but damn it is great I wish I knew why.You might protest and cry, Oh but I have already read so many novels about repressed twentieth century housewives But that is like being offered a plate of chocolate chip cookies and saying, No thank you I ve tried those before Chocolate chip cookies are delicious and aren t less so for being frequently baked And anyway, you haven t had a cookie quite like this one before.Told in a series of 117 titled vignettes, Mrs Bridge is the story of an affluent woman living in 1930s ish Kansas City In a weird way what it reminded me of was Less Than Zero, just in the sense that yes, rich housewives are easy targets in the same way that stoned spoiled LA teenagers are But both books, for me, really start when you realize that they re not just talking about their subjects, and that what you thought was the floor is actually a flimsy false bottom covering that yawning abyss on the brink of which we all cravenly teeter.The difference, of course, is that this is an infinitely better book by an immensely gifted writer who possesses heart, nerve, and brains Really curious to read by Evan S Connell looks like he s written a bunch of crazy looking shit since this came out in the fifties, and still at it Not sure if I m as interested in Mr Bridge as some of his different stuff Any thoughts from those who know The Custer book looks pretty cool