Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

Bridge of Clay

The breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance. At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge—for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, for a miracle. The question is, how far is Clay willing to go? And ho...

Details Bridge of Clay

TitleBridge of Clay
Release DateOct 9th, 2018
GenreFiction, Young Adult, Contemporary

Reviews Bridge of Clay

  • jessica
    when i die and they open me up, they will see this story engraved on my heart. the manner in which this story has impacted me - by inhaling in the broken letters scattered among the pages, causing them to slowly seep into my veins, prompting my heart to start quietly beating for a boy who built a bridge - is not something that can be written in a review. it is something that demands to be felt, imprinting itself right across my heart. so im prett...
  • Federico DN
    It's always about love isn't it? Everyone feels it, nobody truly understands it.In this novel we learn the story of 'Clay Dunbar', the silent one, the boy with too much heart. One of five misfit brothers, the tireless unstoppable runner, an immovable force of nature. Training beyond meaning, relentlessly, unbeknown, and yet also aware, of a fateful day to come. The day of reckoning.Before the Bridge, there was a Clay and a Carey.Before the Murder...
  • Kylie D
    Well, what can I say about this book? I found it totally mesmerising! It took a while to get going, but suddenly you find you can't put it down! It follows the lives of the five Dunbar boys, told from the point of view of the eldest Matthew, but it concentrates on the fourth boy Clay. After their mother dies and their father abandons them, the boys are left to raise themselves in the suburbs of Sydney. Markus Zusak tells a remarkable tale here, t...
  • Phrynne
    First of all I must say reading this book is hard work. It is a history of a family presented like a patchwork quilt - a bit here and a bit there, jumping around from person to person, place to place and past to present. Concentration is the key. Hard work does pay off however and this is a really beautiful book. As the story progresses Zusak's characters start to work their way into your heart and the pages just slip past as you begin to discove...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    UPDATE: $1.99 on Kindle US today 1/4/19Well heck, I never did show my stained edge copy I got. Oh well, later! I won an arc copy of this book in a pub giveaway! I was really confused in this book, more so in the beginning until I got used to how this was being written. The Bridge Of Clay is a book I will have to revisit time and again to get all of the tidbits that we miss at times. Especially in a book like this; family, sorrow, hope, change, lo...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    Read for Popsugar's 2018 Reading Challenge: A book about death or griefIt seems like most of my favorite authors have written one book I didn't enjoy. For Patrick Ness, it's The Rest of Us Just Live Here, for Andrew Smith it's The Marbury Lens, and for Markus Zusak, who has written two of my all-time favorite novels, it's Bridge of Clay.I'm thoroughly disappointed that I wasn't able to enjoy this book even a little bit, because The Book Thief an...
  • Tilly Booth
    *deep breath* I'm ready to write this review. Markus Zusak is my all time favourite author and with Bridge of Clay he has just solidified that position further. I fell in love with his writing in The Book Thief and then The Messenger and now with Bridge of Clay. I always tell people that going into his book, don't expect them to be anything alike (except for extraordinary writing) because they are all so individual and different from each other, ...
  • Hamad
    “A murderer should probably do many things, but he should never, under any circumstances, come home.”🌟 After 11 or 12 years of waiting, you’d think that the author will write the next big thing. Unfortunately he wrote the next big disappointment and I fell from this Bridge of Clay into a sea of disappointment!🌟 Truth to be told, I wasn’t very interested in the synopsis but October was my Contemporary month and what is better to read...
  • Katie B
    The only thing worse than not liking a book is knowing you are probably in the minority with that opinion. I'm left with a feeling of what did I miss? The plot is good but I just could never get into the writing style. I'll go sit in my corner alone now while everyone else has an amazing reading experience. This just wasn't the right book for me but I do hope others enjoy it. I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway but was under no obligatio...
  • Allyce Cameron
    Je-sus Christ. What a book. For anyone who was worried about this following up on that masterpiece The Book Thief, don’t be. It is amazing and beautiful and heart wrenching and a million other things that I can’t think of right now because I’m so overwhelmed. The first 50 pages or so were a bit confusing and hard to follow but once I got past that I was completely sucked in. Also a word of warning, find a nice private place for the ending, ...
  • Brenda
    Five Dunbar boys, the eldest was Matthew (who narrated the story), the fourth was Clay, who seemed to be the most sensitive and socially aware. The youngest was Tommy with Henry and Rory somewhere in between. They lived at 18 Archer Street in the suburbs of Sydney, where Matthew took over the job of caring for his brothers after their mother died and six months later their father left without a word. Their struggles were many, their ways of griev...
  • PattyMacDotComma
    5★“Many considered us tearaways.Barbarians.Mostly they were right:Our mother was dead.Our father had fled.We swore like bastards, fought like contenders, and punished each other at pool, at table tennis (always on third- or fourth-hand tables, and often set up on the lumpy grass of the backyard), at Monopoly, darts, football, cards, at everything we could get our hands on.”Zusak basically walks you up the steps of a houseful of boys with li...
  • Yusra ✨
    Yes, I know I just finished reading this last night but I can't get it out of my head! I tried reading another book and just missed Zusak's writing so here I am again. and I have a feeling I'll understand and appreciate the story a LOT more this time. here goes!!--So I’m sitting here, it’s 1am, and I don’t even have words.Markus Zusak did something that I had lost all hope for.He made me cry, real tears, while reading a book. And what a boo...
  • may ❀
    uhhhh what just happened?you know that one book that makes zero sense 99% of the time and then you read one line and it all hits you and you're like WOW THIS IS AN INCREDIBLY CRAFTED MASTERPIECE? yeah,,,,,that's not this book- so this extremely extremely character driven book is about the dunbar family and basically it just follows their entire life from the father and mother to their five sons till the ~end~ and like that's that on that - there ...
  • hayden
    okay, i've read it.what a disappointment. i loved the book thief, as did most people who have read it (even though i read it later than most), and expected something similarly powerful here. instead, i got an overly-long, self-indulgent, emotionally-void collection of pages.from the beginning, the prose was very heightened and odd, full of strange, colory metaphors that had less an effect for me of adding anything substantial than of inundating m...
  • leslie
    Amazing. I cannot recommend this book enough. Another triumph for Marcus Zusak! An incredible tale of five brothers and the love and hope between them.A son different from all others, he follows his father's dream. He wants to build an almost impossible bridge across a most dangerous river. He works all day and many nights. He studied engineering from books. He never gives up. I concluded that this is congruent with the building of a moral and et...
  • Umut Rados
    Finally we met with Zusak's new book after Book Thief. He's taken his time, but it was totally worth the wait! Bridge of Clay is about 5 brothers who live alone. Their mother died, and father left. They live in suburbs of Sydney alone. The story is told from the eldest brother's perspective, Matthew. But, the star of the book is Clay, the fourth boy, who is trying to build this bridge. The bridge is physical and symbolic. It takes you 50 pages to...
  • Carolyn
    This is a marvelous, rollicking tale of the five Dunbar boys, abandoned by their father after their mother died and now living alone in the family home with an assortment of animals. Told through the eyes of the oldest brother Matthew it mostly focuses on his younger brother, Clay and his exploits. The book is a little difficult to get into at first (and I did have to read the first chapter twice to get the rhythm of the writing) as it jumps arou...
  • Renee Godding
    Rating: 5/5 stars Added to All-time Favourite List"She turned the knob to a shadowed dimness and sat on the stool at the piano. Slowly, her hands drifted, and genly, she pressed the high-pitched notes. She hit them soft but true and right, where she'd used the paint left over. She's played the keys of Y|E|S|." I am a bit particular when it comes to the books that make it onto my all-time favourite list... Call it what you want (fear of commitment...
  • Veronica ⭐️
    *https://theburgeoningbookshelf.blogsp...Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak was ten years in the making so I was expecting big things from this story and I wasn’t disappointed.The story opens with Matthew, the oldest Dunbar boy, bringing home the old TW, the typewriter of a Grandmother they never knew.Let me tell you about our brother.The fourth Dunbar boy named Clay.Everything happened to him.We were all of us changed through him.This is Clay’s ...
  • Bianca
    I'm probably one of the very few people on this planet who hasn't read The Book Thief or any other Zusak novel, so I had no particular expectations. Knowing how many people loved The Book Thief I wanted to find out if I'll become a Zusak fan myself, therefore I promptly requested this on NetGalley.Man, oh man, how I struggled in the beginning. The first 50 - 70 pages were hard work, I considered giving up several times, especially dreading 400 pa...
  • Cori Reed
    This is easily one of the best books I have read this year. The writing is phenomenal. It's a quiet story about family and forgiveness that I will not be forgetting any time soon.
  • Sara
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Bridge of Clay follows five brothers as they face abandonment from their father, and the ultimate quest for forgiveness and what it means to be a family. Oh, and building a bridge. I found this really difficult to read, and I’m unsure if it’s a case of ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ or the other way round. I bought The Book Thief when it was first released (I have the hardback ...