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  • Paperback
  • 196
  • Alexander's Bridge
  • Willa Cather
  • English
  • 04 March 2018
  • 9781600965562

10 thoughts on “Alexander's Bridge

  1. says:

    In 2014 I enjoyed O Pioneers the first book of Willa Cather's The Great Plains Trilogy so much that this year I decided to read Alexander's Bridge in honour of her December birthday This remarkable story is an impressive first novel which exhibits for a young author a surprisingly mature understanding of human psychologyThe story revolves around Bartley Alexander a stellar civil engineer with an international reputation as a br

  2. says:

    This is Willa Cather’s first novel and it is truly impressive—not because being first it is relatively good but because it is very good There’s a difference Authors' first novels are often some of the best This is true here Alexander's Bridge captures the pull of love and how one can love different attributes in different people It has

  3. says:

    A man is caught between the marriage of his adulthood and the love affair from his youth loving both and realizi

  4. says:

    In the preface to this edition Willa Cather writes Alexander's Bridge was my first novel and does not deal with the kind of subject

  5. says:

    It is scientifically proven that Willa Cather is my favorite ever so I took the opportunity over winter break to read this little gem For a variety of reasons I have stacks and stacks of books that I want to rea

  6. says:

    Rating 2 of fiveIt's vintage romantic fiction with a definite twist of Cather That's not enough I'm afraid to overcome the mundane mid life crisisaffair plot's unimaginative development Strictly formulaic and th

  7. says:

    As it was Cather I wanted so much to like this than I did The writing was alright and given it was her first novel she undoubtedly learned much and honed her skill evident in later writings It is worth reading It is uick as it is very short; a novella really Not difficult but also not particularly inspiring Maybe I would like it better if I could forget My Ántonia or Death Comes for the Archbishop but who ca

  8. says:

    This was a thought provoking readMore laterEnjoy and Be BlessedDiamond

  9. says:

    This was my second reading of Alexander's Bridge When I first read this novel I was in my mid 20s and saw Alexander as a tragic hero Now in my mid 40s it speaks to me as a cautionary tale of what can happen when you lead a life of action without reflection It seems that Alexander has lost touch with who he is and what he wants I see

  10. says:

    I honestly didn't pay attention to the original publication date of this book or I possibly would have gone into it with a different

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Alexander's Bridge

Bartley Alexander a construction engineer is a middle aged man torn between Winifred his demanding American wife and Hilda Burgoyne his alluring British mistress Alexa In 2014 I enjoyed O Pioneers the first book of Willa Cather s The Great Plains Trilogy so much that this year I decided to read Alexander s Bridge in honour of her December birthday This remarkable story is an impressive first novel which exhibits for a young author a surprisingly mature understanding of human psychologyThe story revolves around Bartley Alexander a stellar civil engineer with an international reputation as a bridge builder Alexander is introduced to the reader as a confident and robust man the picture of health success and dependability he stood six feet and in the archway glowing with strength and cordiality and rugged blond good looks There were other bridge builders in the world certainly but it was always Alexander s picture that the Sunday Supplement men wanted because he looked as a tamer of rivers ought to look his shoulders looked strong enough in themselves to support a span of any one of his ten great bridges that cut the air above as many riversLooks can be deceivingEarly in the story it appears from comments made by Winifred Alexander Bartley s wife of 12 years and by Professor Lucius Wilson his college professor 20 years earlier that there is something unusual about Bartley Alexander a uirk of personality or perhaps even a fatal flaw What reader could resist the baitThrough the compelling if circuitous narrative the reader accompanies Bartley through present and past experiences in Paris New York City Boston London and uebec Canada A chance encounter in London with his first love leads to a rekindling of the relationship even though it is against Bartley s better judgment By all appearances this is a classic story of mid life crisis a lament for the loss of youth and carefree love the guilt of secret injury to a dedicated spouse and the strain of the schizophrenic dual existence resulting from the inability to resolve the dilemma However in my opinion Cather s take on this classic theme seems uniue and unusual In a historical period where the norm would have been for a married woman to have been subsumed by the identity and social status of her husband we find that the reverse is true By his own admission the strength of Bartley Alexander s professional and social stature rests upon the pedigree of his wifeIn conversation with Alexander Professor Wilson admits to having in the past doubted Alexander s staying power The dazzling the front you presented the higher your facade rose the I expected to see a big crack zigzagging from top to bottom then a crash and clouds of dust I don t feel it any longer I am sure of youBartley Alexander s response is surprising Alexander laughed Nonsense It s not I you feel sure of it s Winifred People often make that mistakeBartley Alexander seesaws between relationships with his wife in New York City and his lover in London and the reader watches helplessly as he struggles to regain his internal euilibrium He zigzags between reclaiming while in London the lost consciousness of his original uniue identity and attempting while in New York City to regain a sense of satisfaction with his professional and social success As a backdrop to this personal drama Cather deftly weaves into the narrative the story of Alexander s current engineering project the longest cantilevered bridge ever to be built Ultimately it becomes obvious that this bridge symbolizes the internal bridge which Bartley Alexander is also attempting to construct As Alexander makes his way to the construction site in uebec the connection between the real bridge and the symbolic bridge tightens The tension in the story is heightened The outcome is dramatic and inevitableNot only was I gripped by this story itself during the days that I listened to it but it has dominated my waking hours for the past week While there is much in the tale which could be analyzed and no doubt criticized the story also roused in me great curiosity As a Canadian I wondered how it came to be that a young author from Nebraska had been moved to set part of her novel in Canada and what had inspired the story of the bridge construction So off to the internet I wentI did find answers to my uestions and I learned some things that I hadn t known about the history of my homeland I discovered that there were French Canadian pioneers from uebec living in the Nebraska community where Willa Cather lived and that later she had owned a cottage in Canada on Grand Manan Island New Brunswick just across the Bay of Fundy from my present home where for about 20 years she spent the summers The cottage still stands and is available for summer rentals through a local company This blog of a Willa Cather scholar features numerous photos of the island and Cather s cottage as well as links to other blog posts on the subjectI also learned that the longest cantilevered bridge in the world was built across the St Lawrence River near uebec City Although the first stone was laid by the Canadian Prime Minister in 1900 and construction began in 1905 the bridge was not completed until 1917 The bridge is still in use and is considered to be an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark and a National Historic Site of Canada The very interesting story of its construction is detailed here It was very likely that Willa Cather had learned from the French Canadians who lived in Red Cloud Nebraska of the construction project in their homeland and apparently was inspired to work the story into her fictionSo this magnificent book which for me was intended as a uick read for an author birthday challenge turned out to be a treasure the perfect book for me one which both entertains and educates

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Nder's relationship with Hilda erodes his sense of honor and eventually proves disastrous when a bridge he is constructing begins to collapse Alexander's Bridge is an In the preface to this edition Willa Cather writes Alexander s Bridge was my first novel and does not deal with the kind of subject matter in which I now find myself most at home She spends the rest of the preface apologising for its existence I feel Cather is far too tough on herself for this novel because I rather enjoyed it The plot is very simple A man has an affair and can t live with it That s basically it This novel has the uniue claim of the main character being a bridge maker can t say I ve come across that before However what this novel lacks in plot it makes up for in sheer enjoyability Many reviewers overlook the basic experience of enjoying a book When I sat down and read this novel it flowed before me I was enthralled for the whole journey I must give props to Cather for constructing such a smooth narrative and for creating such a crazy ending that was great Altogether this is a fine novel that overcomes its plot problems and leaves you rather content

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Instructive thought provoking study of a man's growing awareness of his loss of integrity Newly designed and typeset in a modern 6 by 9 inch format by Waking Lion Pres As it was Cather I wanted so much to like this than I did The writing was alright and given it was her first novel she undoubtedly learned much and honed her skill evident in later writings It is worth reading It is uick as it is very short a novella really Not difficult but also not particularly inspiring Maybe I would like it better if I could forget My ntonia or Death Comes for the Archbishop but who can Having recently read and enjoyed the first novels of two other authors Zora Neale Hurston and Sarah Orne Jewett I found Cather s surprisingly disappointing However I am willing to concede my love for her later novels is prejudicing my opinion of this one 275 stars


About the Author: Willa Cather

Wilella Sibert Cather was born in Back Creek Valley Gore Virginia in December 7 1873 She grew up in Virginia and Nebraska She then attended the University of Nebraska initially planning to become a physician but after writing an article for the Nebraska State Journal she became a regular contributor to this journal Because of this she changed her major and graduated with a bachelor's d