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The Bridges of Madison County

Waller, Robert James (Book - 1992 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Bridges of Madison County


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The legendary love story, the bestselling hardcover novel of all time, and the major motion picture starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. This is the story of Robert Kincaid, the photographer and free spirit searching for the covered bridges of Madison County, and Francesca Johnson, the farm wife waiting for fulfillment of a girlhood dream. It shows readers what it is to love and be loved so intensely that life is never the same again.
Authors: Waller, Robert James, 1939-
Title: The bridges of Madison County
Publisher: New York, NY :, Warner Books,, c1992
Characteristics: xii, 171 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm
ISBN: 044651652X
Branch Call Number: FIC WALLER
Statement of Responsibility: Robert J. Waller
Subject Headings: Bridges Iowa Fiction Photographers Fiction Madison County (Iowa) Fiction
Genre/Form: Love stories
Pastoral fiction
Topical Term: Bridges
Photographers
LCCN: 91050416
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Report This Oct 24, 2013
  • brianreynolds rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In the early 1960's I lived for a time in Madison County, Iowa. When a movie with Madison County in the title was released three decades later, I was living in northern Ontario, two hundred miles from the nearest cinema. I heard about it, but didn't catch up to either the movie or Robert Waller's somewhat famous book The Bridges of... until this month. Which is all to say, I was hardly an unbiased reader or watcher. I knew, not specifically of course, the characters, but certainly the setting, the story actually, and even the exuberant, corn-fed prose. What I still don't know is whether I was moved by the somewhat plodding dance of the only two real characters toward syzygy or their stoic acceptance of unrequited and posthumous love or the dreamy premise that Cupid has but one true arrow in his quiver, or perhaps something real, something immediate, some longing for things past or future. This sad comedy, this marriage of ashes beneath the Roseman Bridge, nearly bereft of real conflict and yet nearly turned into tragedy by a wall of unresolvable conflict, still has the capacity to charm, to suspend belief, to hurt.

Report This Apr 28, 2013
  • crankylibrarian rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Sometimes the movie is better than the book. Absolutely atrocious writing and a protagonist who resembles no actual human you will ever meet. Rent the movie: Streep and Eastwood find something wonderful in an otherwise hackneyed story.

Report This Jul 08, 2012
  • ASK123 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a beautiful story. It complements the movie nicely.

Report This Jan 29, 2012
  • Safariluv03 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This was an impulse pick after going to library to grab something to tie me over while I waited for a different book to come in. I had absolutely no idea what the book was about but I had heard the name so many times over the years that I figured I'd give it a go. I wasn't impressed. I personally get tired of reading about the adultery of people as if they are some kind of hero for acting impulsively and "spicing up their dreary lives." I think that it desensitizes us into thinking that there is a romance to stepping outside your morals for a torrid love affair when really it's horridly selfish and a betrayal to the person whom you share your life with. I can't feel any kind of sorrow for the protagonist of this story and thus was just disgusted in her actions. If you aren't happy with your partner, divorce. If you are bored with your life, get a hobby. Simple as that. There are other ways to feel fulfilled in your life that don't require you to hurt someone else. I realize this is an older book but it happens all the time and I think we need to stop romanticizing the notion of what is essentially just being a terrible person. Swing and a miss for me!

Report This Dec 28, 2009
  • iantonia rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my favorite story ever. It is so beautiful and yet so sad and...well, if you have not read it go do so now. It is timeless.

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