Bridge of Clay

Narrated by: Markus Zusak
Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
4 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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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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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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  • Steve
  • 06-11-19

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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  • Hamish B.
  • 12-16-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-23-19

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
  • 01-07-19

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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  • Philip
  • 11-10-19

I could not access this book

After the Book Thief I was expecting a little more. I could never access Zusak’s characters and there were aspects of his writing which irked like his use of metaphor and simile. Garrulous hair, dogs so fat that they reassembled their diabetic owners. For me these were a bridge too far. I sensed in this book an attempt at being Tim Winton with his retrained and languid prose otherwise packed with meaning, understanding and reverence of country folk and their equal complexity. This all seemed a little contrived. Perhaps my biggest irritation was the authors voice itself. Narration is an art every bit as important as the writing and I fear this may have detracted from my enjoyment. It made the characters rather indistinguishable and rather dull and so much more could have been delivered by a reader with greater skill. I say this with little or no knowledge of Zusak’s life and experience in narration but in attempt to explain away by general inability to listen to this book at any point. I did finish it but it was quite a labour to do so. It is pity because he is up and coming, valued to date and I really wanted to like the book (which is being heavily advertised in book stores.) Oh well, not ever book is a delight. I will now and read the glowing reviews of BofC. I wanted to say my piece first.

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  • Scorpio
  • 12-15-18

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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  • Michelle
  • 07-21-19

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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  • Jacqui Daniels-Gillen
  • 07-19-19

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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  • Starchild_au
  • 07-13-19

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-08-20

Loved It!

I found it a bit hard to listen to at first. The authors voice had an almost bored quality to it. However, I ended up LOVING it. Incredible!