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Bridge of Clay

Narrated by: Markus Zusak
Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 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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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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  • 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

Fabulous narration

I wish I was still in the world of the Dunbar boys.
Do yourself a favour..listen to this.

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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-18-19

Style of narration irritating

This book was narrated by the author, which I thought would add authenticity to the reading. However, Martin Zusak, although a fluent reader, has the irritating habit of finishing nearly every sentence with a downward inflection. This results in, at best, a flat reading, and at worst, the impression from him that the whole thing is just too boring or sad to bother with. My other criticism is that the book needed some editing - there are many examples of split infinitives - eg "he raised his hand fleetingly up". I'm not pointing this out for the sake of being a pedant, but I find such syntax very awkward to listen to. Having said all that, it's still a wonderful story of love, redemption, forgiveness and healing. I loved the Dunbar boys, their gutsy mother and their fallible father.

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  • Ginger
  • 03-16-19

Sublime storytelling and narrating

The characters and stories of those Dunbar boys, their beloved Mum, Dad, friends, neighbours and menagerie of pets will stay with me for a long time.
Took a while to get into the rhythm of this book but once I did, it quickly got under my skin. Evocative and clever writing and a moving storyline led to a highly satisfying reading experience.
I also love that I bought this an an audio book - for me the stories and emotions were even more vivid told through Markus Zusak’s voice.
I can see this won’t be for everyone but can’t recommend it highly enough. For me it’s up there with Cloudstreet.

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  • Alisha
  • 03-11-19

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I just couldn't get into this book! slow moving but lovely characters. 4/10

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-05-19

Amazing Experience

I am so pleased that I chose to listen to this novel being narrated by the author . Such an enriching experience. Thank you Markus Zusak.

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  • Willem Vanderven
  • 03-04-19

Abandoned this book.

abandoned this book after 5 m8nutes. blasphemy in book is upsetting! strange beginning that is difficult to follow...

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  • Jilgal
  • 03-02-19

Loved it

A profoundly moving story narrated with so much feeling by the author. I was swept along, totally immersed in the lives of the Dunbar’s, I didn’t want it to end.