Julie Orringer’s astonishing first novel, eagerly awaited since the publication of her heralded best-selling short-story collection, How to Breathe Underwater (“fiercely beautiful”—The New York Times; “unbelievably good”—Monica Ali), is a grand love story set against the backdrop of Budapest and Paris, an epic tale of three brothers whose lives are ravaged by war, and the chronicle of one family’s struggle against the forces that threaten to annihilate it.
Paris, 1937. Andras Lévi, a Hungarian-Jewish architecture student, arrives from Budapest with a scholarship, a single suitcase, and a mysterious letter he has promised to deliver to C. Morgenstern on the rue de Sévigné. As he falls into a complicated relationship with the letter’s recipient, he becomes privy to a secret history that will alter the course of his own life. Meanwhile, as his elder brother takes up medical studies in Modena and their younger brother leaves school for the stage, Europe’s unfolding tragedy sends each of their lives into terrifying uncertainty. At the end of Andras’s second summer in Paris, all of Europe erupts in a cataclysm of war.
From the small Hungarian town of Konyár to the grand opera houses of Budapest and Paris, from the lonely chill of Andras’s room on the rue des Écoles to the deep and enduring connection he discovers on the rue de Sévigné, from the despair of Carpathian winter to an unimaginable life in forced labor camps and beyond, The Invisible Bridge tells the story of a love tested by disaster, of brothers whose bonds cannot be broken, of a family shattered and remade in history’s darkest hour, and of the dangerous power of art in a time of war.
Expertly crafted, magnificently written, emotionally haunting, and impossible to put down, The Invisible Bridge resoundingly confirms Julie Orringer’s place as one of today’s most vital and commanding young literary talents.
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Awesome narrator and beautiful book
Arthur Money’s voice is so enjoyable to listen to the book really could be about anything. But the book was also excellent - very emotional and touching.
If there was a book that I would highly recommend for this summer, it would be this one. There are a plethera of books on the Holocaust, but not from the Hungarian perspective. The extensive research and volume of work is commendable. This writer keeps you interested and longly to know the outcome of the individuals in this story. It is realistic fiction and share graphic events that leave you questioning the value of social justice in our world. Many thanks to Orringer for providing a wonderful story for all of us! Well worth the extended reading time!
Simply Wretched Narration
While I enjoyed the book, I honestly don't think it deserves the incredible praise and hype that most seem to give it. Still, I enjoyed it for the most part.
I am not one who normally writes a review, nor am I one who gratuitously bashes someone else's work; but I feel compelled to comment on the narration of this audiobook.
The narration is beyond wretched. I fully realize that it is not easy to narrate a book, and perhaps I have been spoiled by the brilliant reading of Nadia May, Davina Porter, and David Case; but Arthur Morey's performance is just horrible.
Mr. Morey's reading is bland at best. So much so that I had to stop the recording and play music as his droning was putting me to sleep. When he attempts to act out the spoken lines of the text, he simply destroys it with unnatural, bad acting. Does he not read ahead and practice acting out the lines before recording?
And while I do not expect him to pronounce Hungarian or French perfectly, I DO expect him to be able to pronounce even the most basic French in a passable manner. I mean who over the age of 8 in any country doesn't know that the "L" is silent in "S'il vous plait"? Does he not do research or consult someone on proper pronunciation? Again, I don't expect it to be perfect; but some of his French pronunciations were laughable, as were his ENGLISH pronunciations!
I truly am sorry to be so brutal; but Mr. Morey's poor reading of this book, with his bad acting of the lines and laughable pronunciation of all languages, including English, distracted me to the point that I, for the first time ever, couldn't wait for the book to end.
I understand that he has won awards for his narration, so perhaps he was WAY off his game on this one. I tell you, though, that If I see another audiobook with his name next to "narrator," I'll buy the hardcopy.