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In an interview with The Guardian, Zusak made the following comments:"I'm writing a book called Bridge of Clay—about a boy building a bridge and wanting it to be perfect. He wants to achieve greatness with this bridge, and the question is whether it will survive when the river floods. That's all I can say about it for now—not out of secrecy, but you just don't know what diIn an interview with The Guardian, Zusak made the following comments:"I'm writing a book called Bridge of Clay—about a boy building a bridge and wanting it to be perfect. He wants to achieve greatness with this bridge, and the question is whether it will survive when the river floods. That's all I can say about it for now—not out of secrecy, but you just don't know what direction a book is going to take, no matter how well you've planned."In an interview with SHRIYA MOHAN: us about Bridge of Clay, the book you’re working on right nowIt’s a story about a boy, one of five brothers, who lives in a ramshackle home in Sydney, behind an old horse racing track. They also have a dog, a cat, a gold fish, a pigeon and a mule, which you can only have if you live in a racing district with many forgotten fields. The place is part of a city but also in its own world. The brothers have lived alone since their mom died and their dad left them. All responsibility falls on one of the sons, Clay. There is this hanging question through the book about why the dad left. Their dad lives way out in the countryside, on the other side of the river at a property that gets flooded when it rains.One day he returns and asks the family if anyone would like to help him build a bridge so that he can cross over when it floods. None of the brothers accept the offer except Clay. The dad wants to build the bridge to atone for his sins. Clay wants to transcend humanness just for once. “Whatever the bridge is made of, it’ll be made of you,” says Clay’s friend while giving him a lighter. Clay can be moulded into anything but it needs fire to set it. The idea at the end of the book is how do you transcend humanness?...

Title : Bridge of Clay
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ISBN : 9780385614290
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 592 Pages
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Bridge of Clay Reviews

  • Marissa
    2019-03-23 08:02


  • Natalie
    2019-03-24 05:38

    Markus Zusak could write the iTunes User Terms of Agreement and I'd still read it. so yeah, pretty excited for this one!

  • Shirley Marr
    2019-02-25 00:55

    Okay, this space is just going to become a dumping ground of stuff I learn about Bridge of Clay until the book actually comes out and I read it, die and then come back to fill it with a proper review.Update 20 Nov: From the Markus Zusak Facebook Fanpage Here (worth regularly stalking btw) Markus posts some excerpts from BOC as per below:(Markus Zusak's own words)'s a small piece or two from Bridge of Clay that I revisit regularly and work on:PENELOPE... iOnce, in the tide of Dunbar past – long before kitchens and boys, and murderers and mules – there was a many-named woman. And what a woman she was.First, of course, the name she was born with: Penelope Lesciuszko.Then the one christened at her piano: the Mistake Maker.Her factory name was Penny Lessing.Her unfortunate, self-proclaimed nickname was the Broken-Nosed Bride.And last, the name she died with: Penny Dunbar.Quite fittingly, she had travelled from a place that was best described by a certain phrase in the books she was raised on.She came from a watery wilderness.iiMany years ago, and like so many before her, she arrived in the city with a suitcase and a scrunched-up stare. She was immediately astounded by the mauling light of the place.This city. It was so hot and wide, and white.The sun was some sort of barbarian, a Viking in the sky. It plundered, it pillaged. It got its hands on everything, from the tallest stick of concrete to the smallest cap in the water. Typically, too, it was just Penelope’s luck; she’d shown up on a scorcher.In her former country, in the Eastern Bloc, the sun had mostly been a toy, a gizmo. There, in that far-off land, it was cloud and rain, and ice and snow that wore the pants – not that funny little yellow thing that showed its face every now and again to remind you it was around. In that place, the warm days were rationed. Even on the boniest, barren afternoons, there was a chance of moisture. Drizzle. Wet feet. It was communist Europe at its slow-descending peak.In a lot of ways it defined her. Escaping. Alone.Or more to the point, lonely.She would never forget landing here in sheer terror. From the air, in a circling plane, the city looked at the mercy of its own brand of water (the salty kind), but on the ground, it didn’t take long to feel the full force of its true oppressor. Her face was dappled immediately with sweat. Outside, she stood with a flock, a herd, no – a rabble – of equally shocked and sticky people.After a short wait, the lot of them were rounded up. They were corralled into a sort of indoor tarmac. The light globes were all fluorescent. The air was floor to ceiling heat.“Name?”Nothing.“Passport?”“Przepraszam?”“Oh, Jesus.” The man in uniform stood on his toes and looked above the heads and hordes of new immigrants. What a mob of hot and sorry faces! He found the man he wanted. “Hey, George! Bilski! I got one here for you!”But now the woman who was nearly twenty-one but appeared sixteen gripped him firmly in the face. She held her charcoal-coloured booklet as if to strangle its edges of air. “Parshporrt.”A smile, of resignation. “Okay, love.”She knew no-one here.The people who’d been in camp with her for nine months in the Austrian mountains had broken away. While they were sent, family after family, west across the Atlantic, Penelope Lesciuszko was to make a longer journey, and now she was here.She was here and she had to execute her plan:Get to camp. Learn English better. Find a job, and a place to live. Then, most importantly, buy a bookshelf. And a piano.At that moment, those things were all she wanted from this new world laid searingly out in front of her. As time went by, she got them. She got them all right, and a whole lot more...______________________Update 7 Oct: He just put this on his Facebook like 10 minutes ago and I saw it because I am a stalker.Chapter titles appearing in BOC:* Shake Hands with the Criminal* Carey, Clay and Matador in the Fifth* The Surrounds* The Forces are Displayed* The Immigrant's Dictionary* The First Thoroughbred* The Pugilists, and* The Murderer Wasn't Always the Murderer, You KnowSo, very Markus is all I can say :-)Housekeeping 01 Sept: I've edited the publication date of this from 2011 to 2012. On Markus Zusak's official Twitter ( he replied to a fan's question about when it was due with:@jlaz5 Hi there, I'm still writing. If I can finish by end of this year it'll be out next year for sure. Thanks for the kind words...Update 01 Sept: I also discovered on his Twitter that the opening sentence to the novel is this:"In the beginning, there was one murderer, one mule and one Clay..."Okay. I love it already.

  • ★ Jess
    2019-02-24 23:52

    Edit: This was originally going to be released while I was in year 10. Im about to start my second year at uni. Cool.Edit: Come on Markus. We were told this was going to be published on September 1, 2011. Wtf man. EDIT: CTUYHAJKLHDGNSKLHESBDNLGK>NMKSD>Its September 1 today, and Zusak hasn't even finished writing the book! It still needs to be finished and edited and marketed and shit. I AM SO UNBELIEVABLY DEVASTATED. How can you do this to me Markus? I HATE YOUR FREAKING GUTS. Wait, no. I love you. I love you so much. I love you and your books almost as much, if not more, than I love Neil Gaiman. I know you're a goodreads member, so if you see this JUST FINISH THE GODAMN BOOK ALREADY! Quick quick quick! The biggest blurb/teaser I can find: Bridge of Clay is a teen novel by Australian author Markus Zusak, to be published by Doubleday and released on September 1, 2011. The book primarily focuses on family and bridges, both physical and emotional. The main character, Clay, attempts to build a bridge over a river before it floods. Zusak has been planning the book for over ten years.In an interview with The Guardian, Zusak made the following comments:I'm writing a book called Bridge of Clay - about a boy building a bridge and wanting it to be perfect. He wants to achieve greatness with this bridge, and the question is whether it will survive when the river floods. That's all I can say about it for now - not out of secrecy, but you just don't know what direction a book is going to take, no matter how well you've planned.I am incredibly excited. Marcus Zusak is not only a sensational storyteller, but also has an incredible way with words.Everything he writes is gold. Everything he writes is so very, very different. I can not wait for his next book! I can already tell it is going to be "truly great and miraculous". I havent been this excited about a book since Mockingjay. Im going to pre-order my copy ASAP. IM SO FREAKING EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩
    2019-03-16 01:38

    Apparently there have been rumors about this book going around for like three years ... well, guess I'm out of the loop because I hadn't heard about it until now. I'm ashamed of myself because Markus Zusak is one of my favorite authors in the world. So yeah, what's it about?It's about a boy.His name is Clay.He's building a bridge.And he wants that bridge to be something truly great and miraculous.... Well, thanks. Thanks Markus Zusak for giving us that incredibly specific and detailed summary of what the book is about. Thank you. Whatever, I'm sure it'll be amazing.Also apparently the publication of this book has been pushed back like a million times. But let's hope it actually comes out soon!

  • Ceecee
    2019-03-22 05:45

    Update September 29, 2014:i've been waiting for this book for 2 years. what the hell. *crying face*This book cannot come quick enough.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-23 04:42

    I still have no idea when this is actually being published but it's Markus Zusak, the guy who wrote my favourite book and who I generally worship. So I'm willing to wait because I know it will be amazing. Unless another year goes by without hearing anything - I might not be so patient. Seriously though, I really want this book.

  • Gaby (lookingatbooks)
    2019-03-16 00:37

    It's safe to say, that I would never read a book about a guy building a bridge from clay. That sounds ridiculous. But because Marcus Zusak wrote it, I'll go to Barnes and Noble every day before the book releases. See if mine will have it early, so I can flaunt it in my friends faces. #logic

  • Giovanna
    2019-03-08 04:40

    ...okay, it's about a boy and a bridge. I got that like...a year ago. Now, when do I get to see/read this freaking bridge book?

  • Holden
    2019-02-22 04:47


  • Alexxei
    2019-03-06 02:02

    When I heard Markus was working on a new book, I kinda went like this:But it's been so long and he still isn't done with it. Put me out of my misery, man, and give me this book!

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-21 01:35

    Okay, is this book actually a thing? Or am I taking crazy pills? :(

  • Madeleine Rex
    2019-02-26 07:50

    I am officially the most excited person in the world.

  • Riv
    2019-02-24 01:41

    I haven't ODed on Markus Zusak yet, but when this book is out I'm going to have a Markus Marathon. His writing is some of the prettiest I have ever seen.GIMME.So. September First. Markus Marathon. Who's with me?ETA 6/22: Um. New release date. December 31st 20...35? Um. I'm trying to think of something funny to say, but I'm drawing a blank. Mostly, I think they're just pushing their luck, thinking the universe will survive until them. I mean, think of how many times the world will end before then! My guess is that there's going to be someone cropping up every....6 months, saying that the world is over.I'm too tired to do the math and figure out my chances of survival.I'd better sharpen my zombie-killing-sword if I want to survive long enough to read Bridge of Clay.

  • Erin McManus
    2019-02-25 04:47

    and still no book :(

  • Teresa
    2019-03-12 05:58


  • Hwei Ming Fan
    2019-03-16 00:33

    It's 2016 and we still don't have much. Markus, taps head. You there? IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE PUBLISHED IN 2011! Five years have passed!

  • Sania Yasin
    2019-03-07 23:56

    They also serve who only stand and wait.

  • elissa
    2019-02-23 01:48

    I could have sworn that I had this in my "to read" list already. Zusak is my favorite author, and I just noticed that he's now a "goodreads author". Yay!

  • Meg
    2019-03-10 02:45

    zusak what the haleeee is going onok yeah he and grr martin are not my bitches (as gaiman would say) but sometimes i see this book on my tbr shelf and make a comment on goodreads 3 years later

  • Misty
    2019-03-23 02:48

    I can't wait to read this new book when it ones out, I love this author!

  • Mounica
    2019-02-24 03:01

    Markus Zusak's newest book!!! I can't wait to read it!!!!!

  • Ella
    2019-03-24 01:44


  • Sonja
    2019-03-03 00:51


  • Shayla
    2019-03-18 00:55

    3/21/16: Why does Markus Zusak hate me10/22/16: I think mankind will set foot on Mars before this book gets a release date

  • Joyzi
    2019-03-09 06:36

    Oh my God!I can't wait for this one! I love Markus Zusak.2012

  • Elizabeth
    2019-03-08 02:40

    I cannot wait for this book! Been waiting for Markus Zusak to write something new for forever! His writing is always, always delicious and captivating and beautiful. <3

  • Jillian
    2019-03-25 03:51

    I am a lost soul until this book comes out. My life is in your hands, Markus. No pressure.

  • Linna
    2019-02-27 03:54


  • Muse
    2019-02-26 07:55

    Markus Zusak better hurry up and finish his book because I need to stitch my heart together after he broke mine in The Book Thief.