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The man who wakes up in the extraordinary world of a bridge has amnesia, and his doctor doesn't seem to want to cure him. Does it matter? Exploring the bridge occupies most of his days. But at night there are his dreams. Dreams in which desperate men drive sealed carriages across barren mountains to a bizarre rendezvous; an illiterate barbarian storms an enchanted tower under a stream of verbal abuse; and broken men walk forever over bridges without end, taunted by visions of a doomed sexuality.
Lying in bed unconscious after an accident wouldn't be much fun, you'd think. Oh yes? It depends who and what you've left behind.
Which is the stranger reality, day or night? Frequently hilarious and consistently disturbing, THE BRIDGE is a novel of outrageous contrasts, constructed chaos and elegant absurdities.
The Bridge is Iain Banks' most intellectual novel, and his most engrossing one. You will not be disappointed with this read.
The price on the other hand? You can get two 'The Bridge' paperbacks for that...
It's What You Wrote As a Child
Let me start by saying I have really enjoyed Banks' other works and his darkly skewed visions of life, but this was disappointing. A bleak but weird and surreal take on life on a bridge which kept reminding me of the Forth Rail Bridge in Fife for some reason, but the ending? Oh, the ending! I know it's a plot spoiler, but remember those stories you wrote as a kid where you were in a fantastical land full of myth and wonder and then you woke up "and it was all a dream"? Yes, well, there you go...