The Bridge of San Luis Rey

Someone sent me the message below after seeing a clip of The Bad Seeds performing Distant Sky in Copenhagen that I posted on my Instagram the other day. I do not know the book Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thorton Wilder but I looked it up and it seems fascinating. The quote from the end of the book is so beautiful and so true. I will read the book. I love it when people send me their inspirations and thoughts about things. I find them so uplifting, so necessary. Thank you doco212, whoever you are.

Much love, Susie


When I hear Distant Sky I think of the Bridge of San Luis Rey.

“There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.”

I hope the love you have brings you comfort.




Dear doco212,

I just read this little book! What a strange and hauntingly beautiful thing. Thank you so much for recommending it. What a gift!

Love Susie x


Picture: Lili Damita as La Perichole in 1929 movie version of The Bridge of San Luiz Rey.