The Bridge by Iain Banks

The Bridge

Iain Banks

288 pages first pub 1986 (editions)

fiction contemporary literary magical realism reflective slow-paced
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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 ...

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Community Reviews Summary of 661 reviews


mysterious 75%
challenging 66%
reflective 66%
adventurous 33%
dark 33%
emotional 33%
sad 25%
funny 16%
tense 16%
hopeful 8%
informative 8%


medium 63%
slow 36%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 72% | A mix: 27%

Strong character development?

Yes: 63% | It's complicated: 18% | No: 18%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 45% | It's complicated: 36% | No: 18%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 70% | Yes: 20% | It's complicated: 10%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

It's complicated: 40% | Yes: 40% | No: 20%

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