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Bridges With Spirit
TNI Books

Rating: 7/10 ?


February 3, 2000
It is so rare to find books written by people in the same vein of life as us that when an Enrico Brizzi or Adam Voith come along we tend to get overly excited. I was anticipating great things when this book arrived in the mail, perhaps in hindsight too much. Do we really expect the youth of America (or the World, for that matter) to turn out quality works rivaling the titles on the NYTimes' Best Seller list? No, of course we don't. But with young men like Voith taking up the pen, perhaps we should.

Bridges With Spirit is a book about all of us who are paddling through life in our little life rafts without aide of sextant or compass, traveling across America and through our selves in search of the elusive, in search of the obscure, in search of anything certain.

Part fiction, part biography, part journal, part novel, Bridges begins in 1960s Pennsylvania and ends in 1990s California. The pages in between traverse the landscape and mindset of modern America with a refreshing honesty. Voith is obviously one of "us" unlike many of the so-called young American writers on the publishing circuit these days.

Bridges is essentially a trip through Voith's memory as narrated by a fictitious fellow named Mickey Lawrence. The personal nature of the subject matter, combined with the broken lineage of the story sometimes leaves the reader feeling like the outsider on an inside joke. Fortunately Voith possesses a knack for shifting gears and hop-scotching through his history to shake things up at the right moments. The charm of this book is the fact that its characters are each and every one of us; in search of something they can't define. Just like life Bridges moves us along and drops us on a dime - one moment a sweeping road trip and the next a disfunctional dorm room in snowy Indiana - only to pick us up again and give us a glimpse of our true selves.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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