With the start of the New Year, I’ve decided to get back to decreasing the number of books I’ve yet to read on the Top 150 Best Novels List. I just finished reading The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder. I decided to read this novel because Wilder’s play Our Town tops my list of favorite plays. This story is similar in the way that it explores the meaning of life.
The setting is Peru in the year 1714 where a terrible tragedy has taken place. When an ancient bridge collapses sending 5 people to their untimely deaths, a Peruvian Brother just happens to witness the terrible event firsthand. He decides to devote his life to the investigation of the lives of the people who were on the bridge when it collapsed with the belief that it may in some way help him and others to understand the meaning of life.
Wilder’s vivid descriptions of the main characters and their very human struggles, tugged at my heart. Published in 1927, it remains a wonderful story and its message is eternal.