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The Other Side of the Bridge Hardcover – 14 September 2006
- Publisher : Chatto & Windus (14 September 2006)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0701173270
- ISBN-13 : 978-0701173272
- Dimensions : 16.1 x 2.4 x 24.1 cm
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Two stories blending and moving together made this a really good book with a lot to think about. Highly recommended
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We follow the lives of two brothers, Arthur and Jake, one 'good', one 'bad', from childhood to old age, through the eyes of a local doctor's son, Ian. Their stories are wonderfully interwoven and we see how for each generation it’s the same love-sex-and-survival story, over and over. Anne Tyler's Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant is similar except here we don't know until the very end which of the two brothers will win Laura's love.
I liked the two sub-plots: one when German prisoners of war are brought over to camps in Canada and put to work, two of them on Arthur's farm; and second, with Arthur's friend, Pete, an Indian who lives and works on the Ojibway reserve, fishing. My first Mary Mobbs book. I will read another.
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There were elements of the story that were reminiscent of the Go Between. Ian and Arthur are both sympathetic characters. Ian lives with his sad and lonely father after his mother has fled the family home with one of Ian's teachers. The book is a beautiful evocation of the boy's coming of age and the way he comes to terms with his feelings about his parents, his own future and his feelings for the woman he is besotted with.
The setting in an isolated lakeside community in Northern Ontario is beautifully described.
All in all this is a superb and moving novel and I will definitely be reading more of Mary Lawson. Highly recommended.
We are taken inside a hard and bleak world, but with its own charms and beauty. Lawson is adept in showing us how this world forges the nature of those who are born into it and the challenges it presents to those who move there from city life. We see those who cannot escape fast enough and those who in spite of themselves cannot elude the pull of this community. Then there are those like Arthur Dunn one cannot imagine in any other context. Family life has its challenges in any society. Here the additional dimension of northern Canada adds ingredients that help to make this such an absorbing novel Highly recommended.