Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Thornton Wilder


An ancient bridge collapses over a gorge in Peru, hurling five people into the abyss. It seems a meaningless human tragedy. But one witness, a Franciscan monk, believes the deaths might not be as random as they appear. Convinced that the disaster is a punishment sent from Heaven, the monk sets out to discover all he can about the travellers. The five strangers were connected in some way, he thinks. There must be a purpose behind their deaths.

Thornton Wilder was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for this book.

Paperback, 128pp
Penguin Books, 2000 (1927)
ISBN 9780141184258