Known for The book Thief, Markus Zusak he is an author who is always associated with this work. Precisely for this reason, it is practically impossible not to compare your releases with this success. The Bridge Builder, his new novel, arrives at bookstores with this comparison embedded even in the dissemination, but his theme is not at all similar to the old book.
The Bridge Builder it does not present a plot written by death - even though there are some tragedies lulling the main events. Nor does it show lives made difficult by war, but by everyday life itself. Following the life of the Dunbar family, the plot is narrated by the older brother, who, as an adult, decides to tell the story of him and his 4 brothers.
Throughout the non-linear narrative, the reader gradually discovers the details of the story. The Dunbar brothers were abandoned by their father after their mother's death. Years later, the patriarch decides to return to ask for help to build a bridge in his city and when Clay decides to help him, he ends up intertwining everyone's lives, literally and metaphorically building a bridge that will allow access from one city to another.
The Bridge Builder ends up having a very everyday plot. Showing nothing more than the life of the family - and some people who connect with them -, the book goes from beginning to end dictating from the father's childhood, his marriage to his mother to the present day. It is nothing more than life as it is, with its ups and downs and the small attitudes that influence everyone around us.
The only problem is in the branched way that Zusak chose to write the work. It is customary to see narratives that go from the present to the past to better explain the situations, but here, the author chooses to show different times not only between chapters, but between paragraphs. In a moment he is telling what is happening in the present, in the family kitchen, then going to the past or the near future to explain another subject, and then returning to the main event. This narrative makes reading very difficult at first, in addition to weighing against the interest of the reader, since the confusion created in the mind with so many back and forth discourages.
Halfway through the work, the narrative becomes customary and the curiosity to learn more about the family's life wins, and then the book becomes really interesting.
The Bridge Builder shows a beautiful and tragic story of a family. Without artifices or a central mission, the plot only accompanies ordinary lives and leaves teachings about life's problems. For those who can get used to the strange coming and going of writing, it is a great work.