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The Engineer's Wife: A Novel (udgave 2020)

af Tracey Enerson Wood (Forfatter)

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Titel:The Engineer's Wife: A Novel
Forfattere:Tracey Enerson Wood (Forfatter)
Info:Sourcebooks Landmark (2020), 352 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:Brooklyn Bridge, Emily Warren Roebling

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The Engineer's Wife tells the story of Emily Warren Roebling who was the first woman to publicly act as a civil engineer, even if she didn't plan on doing it when she married into a family where bridges were their legacy. This book was especially interesting to me as an aspiring civil engineer and as a person trying to balance several life obligations at once.
This book has renewed my interest in historical fiction. In this book, Roebling has to deal with her husband's battle with caisson disease, her desire to support the suffrage movement, and the political bullies trying to prevent the construction of the bridge. P.T. Barnum plays a part in helping her with showmanship and the public appearances she is suddenly expected to do. What an incredible woman. ( )
  Emma.June.Lyon | Feb 23, 2021 |
The Brooklyn Bridge may have been designed by her father-in-law, John Roebling, and worked on by his son Washington, but without Emily Roebling's supervision, it apparently would not have been built, at least not by the Roeblings or at the same time period. When her husband gets caisson disease, or "the bends" after working deep below the river surface in the caisson, Emily takes over his work supervising the project, under his guidance and tutelage. She has no degree in engineering, as women are not allowed to enroll in college in the late 1800's, but she has her husband's brain and his library to guide her. She gives up her desire to fight for women's suffrage in order to see his vision of the bridge materialize.

She must have been a very strong, very smart woman to have taken on the role she did, fighting prejudice every step of the way. And she was ultimately, celebrated at the end of the project.

The only disappointment was, on finishing the novel and reading the back matter, I discovered the extent to which her story was fictionalized, both because of the lack of historical detail about her private life, and the author's need to tell a compelling story. ( )
  fromthecomfychair | Oct 15, 2020 |
Emily, a strong, intelligent and determined woman, marries Wash, a bridge engineer. When Wash is named Chief Engineer on the Brooklyn Bridge project, Emily is excited and willing to help in whatever way possible. When Wash is injured on the job, she steps in and takes over for her. As her marriage begins to crumble, Emily asks herself if the sacrifices she is making are worth it.

This was a well written and well paced book. Emily was a very likeable and very well crafted character. Overall, highly recommended. ( )
  JanaRose1 | Oct 9, 2020 |
This is a fascinating life story that needed to be told and is a good depiction of the feat of building the Brooklyn Bridge and the plight of women of that era.

I am always wary of historical fiction and concerned that people will take fiction as truth. Understandably, an author must embellish the thoughts, feelings, and personal interactions of a historical character, but, the author explains, she also altered varoius timelines and some of the events/relationships are fictitious. I have a hard time with this…..especially fabricating romantic relationships with real people or tragic events in the protagonist’s life. Do make sure you read the author’s notes to separate fact from fiction ( )
  vkmarco | Apr 10, 2020 |
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