Tuesday August 4, 2020

Sprawling family epic is several long bridges too far

Bridge of Clay tells the sometimes involving, but often over-written and wearying, tale of the Dunbar boys, five brothers who fight, drink and survive in a house without adults

11th November, 2018
Australian author Markus Zusak, whose debut was The Book Thief Pic: Getty

Fiction: Bridge of Clay, By Markus Zusak, Doubleday, €19.99

Australian author Markus Zusak shot to fame when his young adult historical novel, The Book Thief, became an international publishing sensation. Since its 2005 publication, it has been translated into more than 30 languages, shifted more than 16 million copies worldwide, and spawned a big budget 2013 film adaptation. Bridge of Clay is Zusak’s sixth novel and one that he’s been working on for...

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