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Ebook Covered Bridge by Brian Doyle read! Book Title: Covered Bridge
The author of the book: Brian Doyle
ISBN 13: 9780888996039
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 8.74 MB
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Reader ratings: 4.9
Edition: Groundwood Books
Date of issue: March 1st 2004
ISBN: 0888996039

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What a strange book. My cover is different- mine is a hardcover book with a covered bridge on it. I have an intense interest in covered bridges, past and present, and that's why I bought this book. The story takes place in Ontario, Canada in 1950 and is narrated by a boy named Hubbo O'Driscoll. He has recently moved to this farming community with his guardians. The covered bridge may be haunted by a woman who jumped from it to her death in the swollen waters below. Regardless, the farmers are hired by a French contractor to build a new iron bridge nearby and then tear the old wooden bridge down. Hubbo and Mr. Driscoll are determined that this doesn't happen to the old bridge, which made me feel warm towards them. One quote I really like: "In my travels I have learned that without a past, we have no future." The author uses a lot of alliterative names and some of the book reads like a tall-tale; the characters are certainly unique. And the chapters are episodic.

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My very first piece of writing I published myself. I wrote in block letters, on the playground of Angelesca Square after a fresh snow fall, huge letters that airplanes could see, these words: MY BEST FRIEND GERALD IS A BASTARD.

For some reason (it was 1942) I wanted the Germans, who were coming any minute now to drop bombs on us, to know about Gerald. I'd overheard my parents talking sadly about Gerald being illegitimate and how sorry they felt. I thought if the Germans knew about Gerald and his problem and that he was my best friend they'd turn around and go home and not drop their bombs on us, here in Lowertown, Ottawa, Canada.

Of course, they never arrived (such was the power of radio those days) but they were the intended audience of my first sentence. First published sentence.

To communicate in clear, written sentences has been my vocation ever since.

In the middle of a teaching career I began dabbling in the genre of youthful narration in the tradition of Twain's Huck Finn. At the same time, I met the flower of the flock, the estimable, the eximious, the nonpareil editor and publisher, Patsy Aldana of Groundwood Books.

Together we have produced a dozen books and we're still cooking. The books are set in the Gatineau river valley and Ottawa. They are funny and sad! They are read by people of all ages though the narrators are young. The narrators are the age of the child who saw the Emperor's nakedness. They are clear eyed, candid, smart, unsophisticated and inexperienced.

The books have multiple layers, resulting in reluctant readers discovering them while elsewhere they are studied in university courses.

They have been translated in seven different languages and have been awarded national and international prizes too numerous to list here. They have been adapted to radio, stage and film. I have appeared in twenty performances of our book Angel Square on the stage of the National Arts Centre.

There has also been an opera and there's talk of a ballet. I have rinsed out my long-sleeved leotard and am waiting by the phone for the audition call.

I spend a lot of time at my cabin in the Gatineau Hills, sometimes with my four grandchildren and their parents, keeping in touch with the trees and the river and the rocks and keeping my ears and eyes open for those Luftwaffe bombers.

Reviews of the Covered Bridge


A useful book to free yourself from negative emotions and joy.


Not when you can say the book is better.


The only book I read in 1 day


There are some interesting pages


A hard book, obviously not for everyone.

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