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The Bridges of Madison County

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

ASIDE FROM THE TOPIC...

I actually had heard about this book, and the movie, which I have never seen, as I am from Iowa (although not that part). I really think this book goes far beyond a romance novel, although it might appeal if you like those. But it is much deeper than that, as it is not ...
I actually had heard about this book, and the movie, which I have never seen, as I am from Iowa (although not that part). I really think this book goes far beyond a romance novel, although it might appeal if you like those. But it is much deeper than that, as it is not only about love. It is about renunciation, and true connection between two people, and it is about destiny, and fate. It is also about unachieved dreams, and it is about understanding. Those are not themes covered by your average romance novel.
I think you understand this book better if you are from the rural Midwest, although the theme can be anywhere, any place. But, if you are from small town America, you get the parts of this book that elevate it above just a love story. To me, the book encompasses lots of things. I think Francesca's lack of fulfillment in her marriage and in rural Iowa are more understandable if you know what those towns and people are like. She is deeper than they, and her passion for Robert Kincaid is as much as about unfulfilled dreams as love. She is deeper than the people around and deeper than her husband, and has never known true love. She finds understanding and perfect passion, but it doesn't last in practical reality. But the connection and bond between her and Robert Kincaid is there across the miles, and I think you might have had to experience some of these things to like this book.
Adultery is a very realistic topic for fiction, and it isn't a bad one. It gives the flavor of the bittersweet even more to this book. I don't know how you could not like this book on those grounds. It makes it that much more realistic, like it could have happened. At any rate, especially about the Iowa parts of this book, I found myself just thinking exactly when I read about some of that stuff, and you have to understand the background to get the story. The background is spot on, and it makes the story come alive. However, I really liked this book, even though this isn't the stuff I normally read.

posted by 148253 on November 12, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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couldnt even finish it. i know its a classic...guess its just not for me.

posted by Sailem on August 4, 2010

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  • Posted August 4, 2010

    more from this reviewer

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    couldnt even finish it. i know its a classic...guess its just not for me.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2006

    Repulsive

    What a repulsive little book. It's NOT romantic to have an affair. It's wrong. And mean-spirited. She betrayed the one person she had vowed to be true to. If she couldn't keep that vow, she needed to get out. Also, just because you're a farmer doesn't mean you're stupid. If you're smart enough to make a living at farming, you're smarter than average.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    Dom Don't Waste Your Money

    Usually the books are better than the movie, but not this one. I found it to be tedious and boring.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    Horrible book

    To much sex.
    What inappropiate actions!
    Do not reccomend.
    I couldnt believe it.
    Shes like 40 something and he's like in his late 50.
    To spoil it a little they fall in love and have sex.
    Sex is basiclly the whole story!!!!
    UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Garbage

    Oh what a waste of time.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2002

    Infidelity

    This book romanticizes infidelity. Its portrayal of Francesca's 4 days of 'true love' with Robert is unrealistic and irresponsible. If she was unhappy in her marriage, she should have done something to save it or divorced.

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