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The Bridges of Madison County (1992)

by Robert James Waller

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Series: The Bridges of Madison County (1)

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Classic Literature. Fiction. Literature. Romance. HTML:Fall in love with one of the bestselling novels of all time Ô?? the legendary love story that became a beloved film starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep.
If you've ever experienced the one true love of your life, a love that for some reason could never be, you will understand why readers all over the world are so moved by this small, unknown first novel that they became a publishing phenomenon and #1 bestseller. 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 the fulfillment of a girlhood dream, The Bridges of Madison County gives voice to the longings of men and women everywhere Ô?? and shows us what it is to love and be loved so intensely that life is never the same… (more)
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My love for the musical is keeping me from giving this a lower rating. Not the best book but also not the worst. ( )
  Fortunesdearest | Feb 1, 2024 |
I really enjoyed the first half of this book: an engaging, detailed character study of two fully-realized individuals. The writing was poetic and straightforward. In the second half of the book, the writing lost some of its charm. What was poetic became schmaltzy and overwrought, and I couldn't help but feel frustrated with the characters' choices. Quick read. ( )
  mj_papaya | Dec 30, 2023 |
Not my usual read, but if approached with a clear and open mind, be prepared to be pulled into the story. Mr. Waller's ability to take the reader through a story we have since we were raised watching classic movies, his prose provides a new account, and our memories add traditional mental images from our youthful experience. ( )
  Huba.Library | Jul 12, 2022 |
Had seen the movie years ago after not thinking I would want to but really enjoyed it. When I saw this book for sale at Mercy for $.50 how could I pass it up? I did enjoy the book but can't compare to the movie as I don't remember the details of it very well. I did cry during both and would definitely recommend this book. I think many of us can relate to Francesca. We love our families- kids and spouses- but things don't always turn out the way we dream they will. Doesn't mean it is bad just not great all the time. ( )
  KyleneJones | Apr 25, 2022 |
Looking at other people's reviews of it this seems to be a polarising book, as is often the case with works that become a "must read" as this did.
I read it because it was a favourite book of a friend who passed away a while ago, and I'm glad I did. I felt it went on too long, that the final 2 chapters tipped it over the edge into the "laying it on really thick" zone, but until then I found it moving, romantic and readable.
It's full of clich├ęs and sentimentality, but it works. ( )
  whatmeworry | Apr 9, 2022 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Waller, Robert JamesAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Corgatelli, Rosa S.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Michel, AnneTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Piccioli, Maria BarbaraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Silva, Tomás Vaz daTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Steimberg, AliciaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Udina, DolorsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Versluys, Mar─│keTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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There are songs that come free from the blue-eyed grass, from the dust of a thousand country roads. This is one of them.
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In a universe of ambiguity, this kind of certainty comes only once, and never again, no matter how many lifetimes you live.
In an increasingly callous world, we all exist with our own carapaces of scabbed-over sensibilities. Where great passion leaves off and mawkishness begins, I'm not sure. But our tendency to scoff at the possibility of the former and to label genuine and profound feelings as maudlin makes it difficult to enter the realm of gentleness required to understand the story of Francesca Johnson and Robert Kincaid....

If, however, you approach what follows with a willing suspension of disbelief, as Coleridge put it, I am confident you will experience what I have experienced. In the indifferent spaces of your heart, you may even find, as Francesca Johnson did, room to dance again.
Complex things are easy to do. Simplicity's the real challenge.
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Classic Literature. Fiction. Literature. Romance. HTML:Fall in love with one of the bestselling novels of all time Ô?? the legendary love story that became a beloved film starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep.
If you've ever experienced the one true love of your life, a love that for some reason could never be, you will understand why readers all over the world are so moved by this small, unknown first novel that they became a publishing phenomenon and #1 bestseller. 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 the fulfillment of a girlhood dream, The Bridges of Madison County gives voice to the longings of men and women everywhere Ô?? and shows us what it is to love and be loved so intensely that life is never the same

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A quietly powerful novel about the profound love between a photographer and an Iowa farmer's wife. They spend only four days together while he is on location to photograph covered bridges for National Geographic magazine, yet they never lose their feelings for each other.
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