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The Bridge of
San Luis Rey
Narrated by Sam Waterston
Written by Thornton Wilder
ESL English Listening :: Adult Literacy

The Bridge of San Luis Rey was Thornton Wilder's first major work and won him instant international recognition. The story concerns the lives of five people who fall to their deaths on July 20, 1714, when a rope bridge breaks on a road near Lima, Peru.

A humble Franciscan, Brother Juniper, witnesses the accident and decides to learn about the lives of the victims in order to find out whether this accident happened by chance or by plan.

The Bridge of San Luis Rey is one of the true great American classics. It has been translated into more than 30 languages. The book won Wilder the first of his three Pulitzer Prizes.

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