Between the Bridge and the River
Between the Bridge and the River
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Bawdy, joyous, messy, hysterically funny, and guaranteed to offendregardless of religion, race, national origin, sexual orientation, or professionBetween the Bridge and the River is the debut novel by Craig Ferguson, host of CBS's The Late Late Show. Two childhood friends from Scotland and two illegitimate half-brothers from the American South suffer and enjoy all manner of bizarre experiences which, as it turns out, are somehow interconnectedand, surprisingly enough, meaningful. An eclectic cast of characters includes Carl Jung, Fatty Arbuckle, Virgil, Marat, Socrates, and Tony Randall. Love, greed, hope, revenge, organized religion, and Hollywood are alternately tickled and throttled. Impossible to summarize and impossible to stop reading, this is a romantic comic odyssey that actually deliversand rewards.
|Publication Date:||March 15, 2007|
|Product Length:||5.98 inches|
|Product Width:||0.98 inches|
|Product Height:||9.02 inches|
|Product Weight:||1.01 pounds|
|Package Length:||8.9 inches|
|Package Width:||5.8 inches|
|Package Height:||1.1 inches|
|Package Weight:||1.0 pounds|
|Average Customer Rating:|| based on 150 reviews|
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76 of 77 found the following review helpful:
Because of all that happens "between"... Nov 20, 2006
There is a sharp needle, called a 'between', that is used for fine stitching in heavy fabric. This implement is a perfect metaphor to describe the crafting of the unique and inspiring fiction that is "Between the Bridge and the River." The golden thread of Craig Ferguson's sharp wit and keen insight into the depravity and glory of the human psyche shines in stark contrast to the novel's weighty themes: death and illness, abuse and misogyny, self-loathing and depression, redemption and grace, and above all, love and miracles and hope.
Before the story begins in earnest, the author reminds us of the mysterious nature of time and of bumblebee flight. Synchronicity and serendipity surface again and again, weaving a pattern of transformation and miracles. Improbable-impossible coincidences and twists propel the characters through their adventures.
Mr. Ferguson shines a harsh and unforgiving light on western popular culture. Sex and violence are used as expertly as a surgeon wields a scalpel, exposing the disturbing pathology that underlies much of modern life. But the author also reveals an unexpected tenderness and depth of emotion. It is the author's expression of the profound poignancy of the human experience that has stayed with me after this read, leaving me with a sense of the sweetness of life.
"Between the Bridge and the River" is funny, sexy, desperate, heart-breaking, hopeful and beautiful. I love this book and I recommend it highly, because we are born and we die and the journey between is a mystery. And because bumblebees can fly.
74 of 76 found the following review helpful:
Surprisingly good Mar 29, 2007
By M. Drudzinski
I'm not a huge Craig Ferguson fan (I prefer Conan O'Brien's brand of late night fun), but I have to admit, this novel is outstanding. It is witty, incisive and worldly wise. Ferguson does what many novelists find difficult -- he combines humor with insight to give us a layered and satisfying novel about love and loss, corruption and faith. You will laugh out loud and gain a further appreciation for Ferguson's intelligence along the way. A must read.
49 of 54 found the following review helpful:
Sanitized for your convenience Apr 08, 2006
By Michelle Stein
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Bridge is very comprehensive and funny. I got a great sense of each character. The story was widely divergent than I had anticipated and I loved reading Mr. Ferguson's uncensored prose! He is a naughty boy and who doesn't love a naughty boy! He is wonderfully descriptive (think George's tumor! or vulgar Saul!). His recipe of good and evil, love & sex, funny & sad, and redemption, make for a clever and intelligent read. I highly recommend BETWEEN THE BRIDGE AND THE RIVER ...More books please, Mr. Ferguson!
31 of 33 found the following review helpful:
Beyond Brilliant Apr 19, 2006
By D. M. Seeley
Ferguson has crafted what is, simply, the wildest, most hilarious ride I've had the pleasure to read in ages. A little Carl Hiassen, a dash of Hunter Thompson... but comparisons do little justice to this magnificent opus. It is a singular, riotous, bit of work. Nobody is spared: Religion, vanity, showbiz, sex -- it's all target practice for Ferguson, and his rapier wit. It's not a book for the timid.
I can't remember laughing out loud so often, while reading a book. This is a true gem.
34 of 37 found the following review helpful:
A literary treat Apr 04, 2006
By Laurel Malek
Between the Bridge and the River is a swift and crowded tour through contemporary sex, drugs, and rockin' religion. Fans of Christopher Moore, Bill Fitzhugh, Tom Robbins and Tom Holt will be delighted to welcome another wild man to the scene. Ferguson's many characters are easy to keep track of, as their distinct personalities and traits are very well drawn. TV preachers, Hollywood stars, serial killers, a femme fatale, and many other folks careen around Glasgow and Paris, Florida, California, and Vegas. As they ricochet in valiant confusion, occasional slapstick and manic misadventures, some find a clearer understanding of what they really want from life. It's a very entertaining and hilarious read.
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