By Morag Joss
While a bridge collapses within the Highlands of Scotland, dozens of individuals vanish into the river under. A vehicle employed by means of a girl vacationer was once filmed pulling onto the bridge moments prior to it fell. Now numbered one of the lacking, the girl seizes her likelihood to begin her lifestyles over. yet her new course takes her no farther than a wood cabin at the riverbank, the place she seeks rebirth and freedom from her outdated self. There she lives with Silva, an unlawful immigrant whose husband and daughter haven't been noticeable because the day of the bridge's cave in. the ladies are befriended via the boatman Ron, and jointly they bring a delicate sanctuary. misplaced souls all, they retain secrets and techniques from one another, but attach in methods none of them expects, as they attempt to reconcile their previous histories with the current and form for themselves an elusive, longed-for destiny. A haunting tale of id and reinvention, loss and reparation, around the Bridge is a beautiful new novel from award-winning writer Morag Joss.
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This prejudice is quite evident in Bom-Crioulo. 2 The Mineiros dock, on Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, is situated near the Benedictine monastery, Sao Bento, immediately to the north of the Customs-House docks . 41 He left behind him not a single enemy, not even a rival at the fort; he parted on good terms with everybody, self-absorbed in his own happiness, but full, too, of the irresistible nostalgia of · someone who is going away. When the sloop that was taking him moved away from the bridge, where his fellow-seamen were waving their caps at him, with touching enthusiasm, he felt a single tear trace its warm path down his cheek, and, to hide his emotion, he began to wave, too, standing up in the boat, watching the outline of the island 1 and the sailors saying goodbye to him disappear, little by little, in the mist of evening.
Clothes make the man. The cabin-boy took all this advice like a son, without even asking about the reason for so much care and attention. He saw dirty, badly-dressed, sweaty-smelling sailors, but there weren't too many of them. Some of them even used perfume on their kerchiefs and lotion on their hair. In a few days, Aleixo was like a different person. Bom-Crioulo looked at him with the pride of a teacher watching a pupil's development. One fine Sunday, when everybody had to turn out in a white uniform, according to the order of the day, the cabin-boy was the last person to come up on deck for muster.
He was satisfied. He'd shown them once again that he was a man. And besides that, he was very fond of the cabin-boy, and he was sure that now he could win him over completely, the way one conquers a beautiful woman, a virgin wilderness, a land of gold. He was damn well satisfied! The cane didn't leave a mark on him; he had a back of iron, strong enough to resist the powerful arm of Agostinho the guard as if he were a Hercules. He couldn't even remember any more how often he'd been caned. " chanted the same voice as before.
Across the Bridge by Morag Joss