The symbolism of getting on a bike and riding because it gives you freedom from your past and the pain of being chased by your demons and overcoming them was well written in the story. I needed to see inside Jake's head, but that wasn't forthcoming. Jake does risky things, and one time his careless behavior leads to a terrible accident. I just wanted to tell you how wonderful that book is. About The Other Side of the Bridge From the author of the beloved 1 national bestseller Crow Lake comes an exceptional new novel of jealously, rivalry and the dangerous power of obsession. Like the other books, the dialogue—and particularly the gaps filled with unspoken thoughts—is so real you can feel it breathe.
She is also very popular in Canada -- and an amazing writer. Don't worry, I didn't give anything away here. The red herring is: how are these two characters going to inevitably meet, fall in love while still maintaining a clean read and live happily ever after under the long shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge? That part had me rolling my eyes a few tines. We no longer send cute, labor intensive, hand written letters to relatives, and close ones. She praises the unsung heroism of small town doctors in isolated communities. Although, I think I prefer some of his other books more.
And I want to go back and read it again. These two generations in the small town of Struan, Ontario, are tragically interlocked, linked by fate and community but separated by a war which devours its young men — its unimaginable horror reaching right into the heart of this remote corner of an empire. Now don't think I'm not empathetic, I know it's hard when you lose your family in a car accident, work is too much to handle because of your loss, and life just sucks. I thoroughly enjoyed Dave and Katie's journey. This is a story of overcoming trials along the road that faces you.
I like Lawson, the portrayal of Struan, and of its people. Hurting, healing, reaching, wanting, muddling through it all, and digging for an answer for two sets of problems. Both Dave and Kate live through many depressing things, but through these experiences their healing is taking place. She is good friends with my godfather, Dennis. One brother made me nervous just at the mention of his name.
During her research, she begins to confront some of her own life issues including a bad breakup, the death of her father, and moving forward again with her life. And I liked Pete, a Native American. By now it is the fifties, and the world has changed — a little, but not enough. This is a superb book. The setting for this novel is a small community in rural northern Ontario, the timeframe spans a few decades, from the 30s with the great depression, through the Second World War to the early 60s. It is set in northern Canada in a small town. Jake, five years younger, is smarter, better looking — and big trouble, especially where Arthur is concerned.
With all of this being said, my 11th grade English teacher would be disappointed if I didn't the allegory of life being like a motorcycle ride and the ups and downs that come with it. It is hard not to compare one work by an author to another work by that same author but to do so would be to miss the beauty of this touching read. My favorite book by this author is The Rent Collector. There is a place in northern Ontario, Canada called Struan. With her astonishing ability to turn the ratchet of tension slowly and delicately, Lawson builds their story to a shocking climax. Soon in the story tragedy comes into his life changing everything and leaving him sad, grief stricken, and doing a lot of soul searching. The relationships that Ian builds, shapes his understanding of himself and affects the decisions he makes and one of the most important relationships that Ian builds that helps him realize what he loves, is his best friend, Pete.
Taut with apprehension, surprising us with moments of tenderness and humour, The Other Side of the Bridge is a compelling, humane and vividly evoked novel with an irresistible emotional undertow. And now her job assignment is to write about the history of the bridge—a history that includes a secret journal about a promis Two coasts. I have to admit I had read some reviews that made me wonder if I would love it as much as I did his other books, lets just say, everyone has their own opinion, and I loved this book. Katie, whose father was a Golden Gate Bridge worker, and who works in the history department of a local university, has been assigned to write a history of the bridge for use in a school history program. As it is, I will keep faithfully reading my book club choices, hoping we find other treasures like this one in our quest. It all just seemed true. .
Was Jake surprised because he had never considered the possibility that he might be a less than perfect shot? Like 'Crow Lake', this book takes place on a farm in rural northern Canada. Those words might not mean much but they very quickly sum up this book. He looked out at the hoardes of singing, laughing people and felt more alone than he'd ever felt in his life. I think every person who reads it will find a bit of themselves in it. There was one scene in particular, that I could more or less figure out why it was in there, but didn't really seem to fit and I felt like the same objective could have been achieved in a way that fit more with the story. His first book, Letters for Emily, was a Readers Choice Award winner, as well as a selection of the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild.
Her three novels to date, both published by Knopf Canada were set in Northern Ontario. He is the proud father of four children, all girls but three. I have to admit I had read some reviews that made me wonder if I would love it as much as I did his other books, lets just say, everyone has their own opinion, and I loved this book. The one thing Jake despises is farming and farmers including his father. It is a fine novel, a subtle and suspenseful storytelling. Are we destined for a certain occupation, given our particular personality? Meanwhile, Jake is still in school, where he's pretty popular with the girls. I mean what job we ultimately choose.
The characters are complete and multidemensional. Arthur marries Laura, and they eventually have two more children. Just when I thought it seemed cliche and trite, it threw a major plot twist in that confused me again and sent me digging deeper into the book to try to solve the puzzle, Book is out on March 6th. Part of what keeps the reader engaged is trying to figure out how these two are connected. The stories begin and are anchored by the sibling rivalry between Arthur, the steady, taciturn elder son, and Jake, the handsome, clever favorite of his mother. The story is just quite implausible.