Thursday, February 24, 2011

"The Other Side of the Bridge" by Mary Lawson

Discuss the novel's title; what does it mean for the characters to reach the other side of the bridge? Could Jake and Arthur ever be free of the wounds they inflicted on each other? What does it signify in terms of Ian's life?

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I liked the book but I didn't like the going back and forth in time periods. When I started to read this book, I considered it a 'snoozer'.

Family relations and sibling rivalry are at the forefront of the story. One brother, a big husky boy/man is very helpful on the farm with his father. The other son seems frail and helpless but with his mother very protective. He is very obnoxious and appears to have some sociopathic qualities.

Ian and Arthur become good friends while working on the farm. A question I have is: did Ian tell Arthur about what he saw in the kitchen because he thought it was the correct thing to do or did he tell Arthur because of his own obsession with Laura?

I learned some history about Canada. I did not know about the German P.O.W. camps up there during WWII.

I grew up in Jersey City during this time. The next town to us, Bayonne, had an Italian P.O.W. camp near a small Army & Navy base there. We heard stories after the war about families (Italian) in the area bringing some of these men to their homes for weekends. They had to get passes.

Question 1: Should Arthur have placed the gun near Ted as he requested?

Question 2: Was Arthur at fault for the bridge accident which almost killed Jake?