Review: The Bridge on the Drina

The Bridge on the Drina

The Bridge on the Drina
By Ivo Andric
University of Chicago Press, 9780226020457, August 1977, 314pp.

The Short of It:

An excellent book to discuss with a group.

The Rest of It:

Publisher’s blurb:

The Bridge on the Drina is a vivid depiction of the suffering history has imposed upon the people of Bosnia from the late 16th century to the beginning of World War I. As we seek to make sense of the current nightmare in this region, this remarkable, timely book serves as a reliable guide to its people and history.

This is the book that ruined me for all reading, at least, while it was being read. It’s choppy, full of superfluous details and it’s impossible to remember any of the character’s names, but for a discussion book, it was excellent. It just wasn’t excellent for the other reading I had committed to. I could not read anything else while reading this one.

The Bridge on the Drina  is the type of book that has to be discussed and picked apart. You simply can’t digest it without discussing it in some way. Parts of it put me to sleep but then every now and then there would be this beautifully structured sentence or this profound thought. Ivo Andrić won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1961 so the man can write, but as a group we all decided that the book was not written for us. It was a translation, so perhaps some meaning was lost there but it was just a hard story to get through and to feel anything for.

Plus, I didn’t know much about the history of Bosnia and Herzegovina and although there were plenty of details, I felt that many of them were related to the bridge itself, not so much the timeline of events. The author focused on the longevity of the structure and how it remained unchanged while the people who lived in that village came and went with the ebb and flow of their day-to-day life. Things change but they don’t change. You know?

The book includes some violence but not as much as you’d expect. There is one particularly grotesque depiction of a man being skewered alive. Oh! The details. One thing I know, I never would have picked this book up had it not been chosen for a discussion. I also know that it’s incredibly hard to come by. It’s currently out of print and I had to order it through the university I work for. But, if you need a book to discuss, The Bridge on the Drina will definitely get your group talking.

Source: Borrowed
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Things That Fill Me Up

Things that fill me up

Guys, between this soul-sucking job and books that have completely stalled me on the reading front, I am floating around like flotsam in the ocean. I’m not much of a break taker but bookish talk can’t really happen when reading isn’t in progress in some way.

Instead, I will focus on what I am reaching for these days in an attempt to pick up my weary soul and spark something resembling motivation. Maybe you feel like me right now? If so, I hope you find a little nugget of joy in this post.

This is what’s filling me up lately:

That Sounds Fun Podcast with Annie F. Downs

  • Love the conversational tone.
  • Thoughtful, well-researched topics.
  • Guests you can relate to.
  • I always feel good after listening to an episode.

That Sounds Fun podcast

Morgan Harper Nichol’s Instagram Account

  • She’s an artist so her posts are so pleasing to the eye.
  • Each of her posts has meaningful content that lifts you up.
  • When I am feeling defeated at the end of the day, this is the account I spend time with.
You Make Today Better
Morgan Harper Nichols

Happy & Free Bible Reading Plan

  • A short, 24 day plan that gives me hope on my way to work each morning. I let the wisdom seep in before starting my day.
  • Good, real-life examples of what holds us back from happiness and freedom. If you’ve ever felt tied down or held hostage to something, this is a good plan for you.

Happy and Free Bible Plan

The Idea That Fall Is Here (even though it’s not in Ca.)

  • I mean, Pumpkin Spice Bagels. How can you go wrong?
  • Cinnamon brooms. Put one in your car and thank me later.
  • Homemade soup.
  • Woody-smelling candles. Reminds me of nature.
  • Fluffy throw blankets. If I turn the AC down, I can wear these.

That’s it! These things have brought me some peace during this very frustrating time. I just want to do my job and be. I want to be happy like everyone else. I am simple in my wants and have never asked for much and yet these past few months have been such a total bore.

But, now that I finished my book club read, I hope to knock the review out, finally get to King’s new book and hopefully put this reading slump to bed. Reading always resets my brain so not doing it has caused the muck to stack up.

Hitting the reset button now.

Chatting with friends about books and life…