People who thinks of Thornton Wilder primarily in terms of his classic novella “Our Town,” The Bridge of San Luis Rey will seem like quite a switch. For one thing, he has switched countries; instead of middle America, he deals here with Peru. He has switched eras, moving from the twentieth century back to the eighteenth. He has also dealt with a much broader society than he did in “Our Town,” representing the lower classes
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memory is not necessary for love. There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning” (Wilder, 117).
In conclusion, The Bridge of San Luis Rey is not a book to read once and then throw away;
It should be kept, because the novella deftly combines the aspects of memory, loss, and love into a portrayal that you will not easily forget.