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Mrs. Bridge: a novel von Evan S. Connell
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Mrs. Bridge: a novel (Original 1959; 1959. Auflage)

von Evan S. Connell

Reihen: The Bridges (1)

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In Mrs. Bridge, Evan S. Connell, a consummate storyteller, artfully crafts a portrait using the finest of details in everyday events and confrontations. With a surgeon's skill, Connell cuts away the middle-class security blanket of uniformity to expose the arrested development underneath--the entropy of time and relationships lead Mrs. Bridge's three children and husband to recede into a remote silence, and she herself drifts further into doubt and confusion. The raised evening newspaper becomes almost a fire screen to deflect any possible spark of conversation. The novel is comprised of vigne.… (mehr)
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Titel:Mrs. Bridge: a novel
Autoren:Evan S. Connell
Info:San Francisco, Calif. : North Point Press, 1981, c1959.
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Mrs Bridge von Evan S. Connell (1959)

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Mrs. Bridge is the well-told story of India Bridge, married to a work-obsessed attorney. The novel takes place in Kansas City beginning in the 1930s. The Bridges have two daughters, Ruth and Carolyn, and a son, Doug. As the years pass, Mrs. Bridge becomes increasingly dissatisfied with a life that is centered around appearances and her emotionally-distant husband, but continues to present a perfect facade despite her increasingly private despair. Her life is told in a series of brief vignettes, which perfectly capture her emotions and memories. As the years pass, the children drift away from their mother, compounding her loneliness. Doug is in the army during WWI, Ruth works as an assistant editor for a fashion magazine, and Carolyn returns home only because she is trapped in a volatile marriage. The last paragraph sums up all that Mrs. Bridge is feeling.

This was written at a time when women's roles were largely determined by their social status and their husbands. It is a sobering rendering of Mrs. Bridge's life, and I look forward to reading the sequel entitled, fittingly, Mr. Bridge. It will be interesting to see their life and his marriage through his eyes. ( )
  pdebolt | May 5, 2021 |
"Her first name was India - she was never able to get used to it. It seemed to her that her parents must have been thinking of someone else when they named her. Or were they hoping for another sort of daughter ? As a child she was often on the point of inquiring, but time passed, and she never did".
Ainsi s'ouvre le roman d'Evan S. Connell. Ces quelques phrases laconiques annoncent le personnage auquel est consacré le roman : India ne sait pas qui est, ne sait pas d'où elle vient, n'ose pas prendre sa place et laisse le temps et les occasions filer. Elle ne vivra que par procuration, par l'intermédiaire de son mari et de ses trois enfants.
"She was not certain what she wanted from life, or what to expect from it, for she had seen so little of it, but she was sure that in some way - because she willed it to be so - her wants and her expectations were the same".
Toute sa vie, elle se demandera en réalité si elle a l'amour de son mari, et ceci dès le début de leur mariage : "[she] concluded that while marriage might be an equitable affair, love itself was not".
Vers la fin du livre, un passage assez poignant résume la vie manquée de Mrs Bridge ; le cas est d'autant plus tragique qu'elle est consciente de ce manque, de cette absence de sens et de trajectoire :
"She stood beside the bookcase for quite a while, growing absorbed in what she read, and wandered, still reading, into the living room, where she did not look up from the book until someone called her, because she had come upon a passage which had been underlined, no doubt by Shannon Bridge, which observed that some people go skimming over the years of existence to sink gently into a placid grave, ignorant of life to the last, without ever having been made to see it all it may contain; and this passage she had read once again, and brooded over it, and turned back to it again, and was thinking deeply when she was interrupted.
And Mrs Bridge remembered now that she had risen and had said, "Yes, all right, I'm on my way," and had placed the book on the mantel, for she had intended to read further. She wondered what had interfered, where she had gone, and why she had never returned".
Elle n'avait pas répondu à la question de son amie Grace Barron : "Have you ever felt like those people in the Grimm fairy-tale - the ones who were all hollowed out in the back ?". Question trop brûlante pour qu'on accepte de s'en approcher.
Mrs Bridge est donc le récit d'une existence qui tente de combler le vide par des obligations envers un époux, des enfants, des amis ainsi que tout un monde en souffrance qui aurait potentiellement besoin d'aide.
La routine si souvent absurde du quotidien est rigoureusement, méthodiquement restituée par la plume précise, acerbe et ironique de l'auteur. L'inaptitude au monde et à sa complexité naît d'une grande innocence et d'une ignorance qu'elle aimerait combler en partie mais qui lui semble incurable.
Elle est capable de beaucoup d'amour. Elle sait en donner sans compter et souffre tout naturellement de l'éloignement des enfants qui grandissent et n'ont plus besoin d'elle.
Sa mort absurde sera à l'image de sa vie : encastrée et sur une voie de garage.
Un livre intelligent, utilisant la distance, l'ironie et l'humour (c'est parfois vraiment drôle !) pour ne pas trop donner à pleurer sur une vie étriquée qui a loupé son envol.
Un peu le pendant américain de "Une vie" de Maupassant, avec une India heureusement plus chanceuse néanmoins que la pauvre Jeanne sur laquelle le sort s'acharne inexorablement. ( )
  biche1968 | Apr 2, 2021 |
Very sad, very recognizable. ( )
  jostie13 | May 14, 2020 |
a masterpiece in economy and emotional and social perceptiveness, it broke my heart, i loved it. ( )
  boredgames | May 3, 2020 |
All I can say, is how stifled wives were in the mid-20th century. I enjoyed the short stories about her life. There was no plot and that seemed to be the story of wealthy women’s lives. You were there to showcase your husband, and your thoughts and wishes weren’t important. Connell captured the times so well. ( )
  brangwinn | Jan 28, 2019 |
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Evan S. ConnellHauptautoralle Ausgabenberechnet
Ferris, JoshuaEinführungCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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In Mrs. Bridge, Evan S. Connell, a consummate storyteller, artfully crafts a portrait using the finest of details in everyday events and confrontations. With a surgeon's skill, Connell cuts away the middle-class security blanket of uniformity to expose the arrested development underneath--the entropy of time and relationships lead Mrs. Bridge's three children and husband to recede into a remote silence, and she herself drifts further into doubt and confusion. The raised evening newspaper becomes almost a fire screen to deflect any possible spark of conversation. The novel is comprised of vigne.

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