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Mrs. Bridge (1959)

de Evan S. Connell

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In Mrs. Bridge, Evan S. Connell, a consummate storyteller, artfully crafts a portrait using the finest of details in everyday events and confrontations. With a surgeon's skill, Connell cuts away the middle-class security blanket of uniformity to expose the arrested development underneath--the entropy of time and relationships lead Mrs. Bridge's three children and husband to recede into a remote silence, and she herself drifts further into doubt and confusion. The raised evening newspaper becomes almost a fire screen to deflect any possible spark of conversation. The novel is comprised of vigne.… (més)
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This is the only book in my memory that made me feel both sad (unsettled? upset?) and elated simultaneously, from the first page to the last, throughout. I was quite heartbroken to return the book.

It is funny, certainly, and thoroughly engaging. It is, however, profoundly unsettling in many ways. The chilly skittering along my spine has been my loyal companion for the whole ride.

I adored this little gem! ( )
  QuirkyCat_13 | Jun 20, 2022 |
Short snippets of the life of a woman, wife, mother, in Kansas (middle America) in the 1930's. Very concise, well done and disturbing. She seems not to have a mind of her own, or at least she is not proactive. she is bored with her life and follows directions of her husband. The correct way to act, speak, dress and appear before others is most important ( )
  evatkaplan | Dec 8, 2021 |
This is a modern classic and Evan S. Connell's debut novel, a sometimes sympathetic, sometimes uncharitable look at a woman's life. Mrs. Bridge of Kansas City is a woman who has lived within the confines of what is expected of her and she places those same restrictions and expectations on her family. Yet while she is the one who keeps the rules and knows what to do, this doesn't mean she doesn't also chafe sometimes or realize that there is something missing from her life, an entirely pleasant, financially comfortable existence that doesn't entirely cover for her lack of connection to her children or her husband's emotional and often physical absence.

Connell does not go lightly on Mrs. Bridge, spotlighting moments where her need to preserve appearances was silly or harmed her relationship with her children. But he's also often kind to her, revealing how little respect or support she receives from her husband. This book is also full of quietly powerful moments or humorous ones and Connell's descriptions of daily life allows plenty of room for the small disappointments and harms to be given their due. This quiet novel is a wonderful glimpse of a world that no longer exists, and of a woman who honestly did her best. ( )
  RidgewayGirl | Oct 24, 2021 |
Mrs. Bridge is the well-told story of India Bridge, married to a work-obsessed attorney. The novel takes place in Kansas City beginning in the 1930s. The Bridges have two daughters, Ruth and Carolyn, and a son, Doug. As the years pass, Mrs. Bridge becomes increasingly dissatisfied with a life that is centered around appearances and her emotionally-distant husband, but continues to present a perfect facade despite her increasingly private despair. Her life is told in a series of brief vignettes, which perfectly capture her emotions and memories. As the years pass, the children drift away from their mother, compounding her loneliness. Doug is in the army during WWI, Ruth works as an assistant editor for a fashion magazine, and Carolyn returns home only because she is trapped in a volatile marriage. The last paragraph sums up all that Mrs. Bridge is feeling.

This was written at a time when women's roles were largely determined by their social status and their husbands. It is a sobering rendering of Mrs. Bridge's life, and I look forward to reading the sequel entitled, fittingly, Mr. Bridge. It will be interesting to see their life and his marriage through his eyes. ( )
  pdebolt | May 5, 2021 |
"Her first name was India - she was never able to get used to it. It seemed to her that her parents must have been thinking of someone else when they named her. Or were they hoping for another sort of daughter ? As a child she was often on the point of inquiring, but time passed, and she never did".
Ainsi s'ouvre le roman d'Evan S. Connell. Ces quelques phrases laconiques annoncent le personnage auquel est consacré le roman : India ne sait pas qui est, ne sait pas d'où elle vient, n'ose pas prendre sa place et laisse le temps et les occasions filer. Elle ne vivra que par procuration, par l'intermédiaire de son mari et de ses trois enfants.
"She was not certain what she wanted from life, or what to expect from it, for she had seen so little of it, but she was sure that in some way - because she willed it to be so - her wants and her expectations were the same".
Toute sa vie, elle se demandera en réalité si elle a l'amour de son mari, et ceci dès le début de leur mariage : "[she] concluded that while marriage might be an equitable affair, love itself was not".
Vers la fin du livre, un passage assez poignant résume la vie manquée de Mrs Bridge ; le cas est d'autant plus tragique qu'elle est consciente de ce manque, de cette absence de sens et de trajectoire :
"She stood beside the bookcase for quite a while, growing absorbed in what she read, and wandered, still reading, into the living room, where she did not look up from the book until someone called her, because she had come upon a passage which had been underlined, no doubt by Shannon Bridge, which observed that some people go skimming over the years of existence to sink gently into a placid grave, ignorant of life to the last, without ever having been made to see it all it may contain; and this passage she had read once again, and brooded over it, and turned back to it again, and was thinking deeply when she was interrupted.
And Mrs Bridge remembered now that she had risen and had said, "Yes, all right, I'm on my way," and had placed the book on the mantel, for she had intended to read further. She wondered what had interfered, where she had gone, and why she had never returned".
Elle n'avait pas répondu à la question de son amie Grace Barron : "Have you ever felt like those people in the Grimm fairy-tale - the ones who were all hollowed out in the back ?". Question trop brûlante pour qu'on accepte de s'en approcher.
Mrs Bridge est donc le récit d'une existence qui tente de combler le vide par des obligations envers un époux, des enfants, des amis ainsi que tout un monde en souffrance qui aurait potentiellement besoin d'aide.
La routine si souvent absurde du quotidien est rigoureusement, méthodiquement restituée par la plume précise, acerbe et ironique de l'auteur. L'inaptitude au monde et à sa complexité naît d'une grande innocence et d'une ignorance qu'elle aimerait combler en partie mais qui lui semble incurable.
Elle est capable de beaucoup d'amour. Elle sait en donner sans compter et souffre tout naturellement de l'éloignement des enfants qui grandissent et n'ont plus besoin d'elle.
Sa mort absurde sera à l'image de sa vie : encastrée et sur une voie de garage.
Un livre intelligent, utilisant la distance, l'ironie et l'humour (c'est parfois vraiment drôle !) pour ne pas trop donner à pleurer sur une vie étriquée qui a loupé son envol.
Un peu le pendant américain de "Une vie" de Maupassant, avec une India heureusement plus chanceuse néanmoins que la pauvre Jeanne sur laquelle le sort s'acharne inexorablement. ( )
  biche1968 | Apr 2, 2021 |
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Evan S. Connellautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Ferris, JoshuaIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Oppenheimer, MarkIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Salter, JamesEpílegautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Simmons, LaurieFotògrafautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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In Mrs. Bridge, Evan S. Connell, a consummate storyteller, artfully crafts a portrait using the finest of details in everyday events and confrontations. With a surgeon's skill, Connell cuts away the middle-class security blanket of uniformity to expose the arrested development underneath--the entropy of time and relationships lead Mrs. Bridge's three children and husband to recede into a remote silence, and she herself drifts further into doubt and confusion. The raised evening newspaper becomes almost a fire screen to deflect any possible spark of conversation. The novel is comprised of vigne.

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