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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 fathers disappearance. At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridgefor his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, fo...

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Bridge of Clay Reviews

  • Raeleen Lemay

    It 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 and I Am the Messenger are books I could read again and again and never tire of. This book, on the other hand, never grabbe

  • 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 me. i'd go through and pick out a well-seasoned sec

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  • 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 than a novel by the highly acclaimed author of The Book Thief

  • Shirley Marr

    Okay, this space is just going to become a dumping ground of stuff I learn about Bridge of Clay until the book actually comes out and I read it, die and then come back to fill it with a proper review.

    Update 20 Nov: From the Markus Zusak Facebook Fanpage Here (worth regularly stalking btw) Markus posts some excerpts from BOC as per below:

    (Markus Zusak's own words)'s a small piece or two from Bridge of Clay that I revisit regularly and work on:


    ... i

    Once, in the tide of Dunbar past –

  • Ron Charles

    Markus Zusak, the phenomenally popular Australian writer, worked on “Bridge of Clay” for two decades, essentially his whole adult life. Such perseverance is awe-inspiring but risky, for all the reasons this new novel makes plain.

    The story — a full-throated paean to sibling affection — is about five brothers raising themselves as best they can. The narrator, Matthew, is just old enough to act as his brothers’ guardian in a town that expresses little concern for the well-being of these abandoned b

  • ★ Jess


    This was originally going to be released while I was in year 10. Im about to start my second year at uni. Cool.


    Come on Markus. We were told this was going to be published on September 1, 2011. Wtf man.



    Its September 1 today, and Zusak hasn't even finished writing the book! It still needs to be finished and edited and marketed and shit. I AM SO UNBELIEVABLY DEVASTATED. How can you do this to me Markus? I HATE YOUR FREAKING GUTS.

    Wait, no. I

  • PattyMacDotComma


    “Many considered us tearaways.


    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 little introduction. He also designs the physical pages of