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Evan S. Connell's critically acclaimed novels featuring Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, a clean-cut Kansas City couple who find their traditional roles challenged by a changing world. As adventurous, free-thinking friends introduce new ideas into their household, Mrs. Bridge begins to question the life she has led as one by one her children leave home, but not for the lives she wished for them. Mrs. Bridge feels as if the world she built with her husband is crumbling, brick by brick, but Mr. Bridge remains resolute, a firm believer in his family and his place at the head of the table.

©1959 Evan S. Connell (P)1993, 2014 Dove Audio, Phoenix Books

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  • Shirley Fischer
  • 08-01-20

Mr. and Mrs. Bridge

I read this some years ago and saw the movie. I thought how perfect Mrs, Bridges’ life was. At that time we had a family and trying to make ends meet. I envied her and her leisurely life.
After this reading at age 84, I realize it was truly the journey, the struggle we all faced together that made our lives so rich and complete.
Poor Mrs. Bridge had nothing to do but delegate and be a socialite. She felt isolated and useless after the children started growing up. And her husband loved her but was unable to show his emotions. They both suffered.

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  • Dan R Kirkeberg
  • 28-09-14

Dull- Yet I did finsh

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At the end I just felt foolish for listening so long. Both people are sketched too lightly to be worth reading.

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  • Nancy M. Townsend
  • 18-08-21

Love this book.

This is a wonderful story! It is a deeply detailed and yet understated view of life at that time in an upper middle class home. It details a marriage, the roles of parents, raising children, and particularly the relationship between a husband and wife--so typical of that time. It is the understatement that makes this novel so rich. Nothing is explained or driven home. But the messages are deep and broad. It is also a microcosm of the way women's lives were and how they were seen in society. There is nothing stupid about Ms. Bridge. She is a victim of her time. Only the husband/father knew best. Think "Father Knows Best", the TV show! In those times, what others thought of you was all pervasive and stifling. Children were raised to be obedient, to fit in, to be well groomed and polite, and to make their families proud. The author tells this so well. To hear Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward as Mr. and Ms. Bridge was so delightful. I miss them.