The Bridge Of San Luis Rey
By Thornton Wilder
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The Bridge Of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder ranked # 37 on The Modern Library's Top 100 Novels list as selected by its Board Members.
The Bridge of San Luis Rey is a 1927 novel by American author Thornton Wilder. It tells the story of several unrelated people who happen to be on a bridge in Peru when it collapses, killing them.
Philosophically, the book explores the problem of evil, or the question of why unfortunate events occur to people who seem "innocent" or "undeserving".
It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928, and in 1998 it was selected by the
editorial board of the American Modern Library as one of the 100 best
novels of the 20th century. The book was quoted by Tony Blair during
the memorial service for victims of the September 11 attacks in 2001.
Since then its popularity has grown enormously.
This book is the progenitor of the modern disaster epic in literature
and film-making, where a single disaster intertwines the victims,
whose lives are then explored by means of flashbacks to events before
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