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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Simple

    I picked up this book a whille ago at a book sale because some old ladies said that it was one of their favorite books. I found this book to be annoying because the love in this book was very much what i would expect to find in young adult fiction. I also thought that the characters were very simple. I really dont understand the hype. If you are looking for a simple and short love story, then you will like this book. Otherwise, i think that there are a million other books out there much more worthy of your time.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    Powerfully Poingnant, and convincingly deceptive

    From a literary standpoint, it is a remarkably written book with very convincing characters and plot. Because it is powerfully written, and the emotions are carefully crafted, I was completely drawn in. But when I set the book down, I was appalled at myself. I found that I no longer felt it was wrong to cheat on a spouse. That for 'true love', it was necessary and even right to cheat. Up front, I'll say I'm naive. But while I don't mind understanding both sides of situatons, I don't like being craftily convinced of something that so clearly is hurtful to others. For my part, I threw it away.

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  • Posted September 9, 2009

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    Indulge your inner schmaltz

    Waller channels Rod McKuen in this late-in-life wannabe Romeo and Juliet. Truth be told, the author seems a bit more in love with Robert Kincaid than any woman ever could be - rather narcissistically, given that Kincaid is pretty much a Clint Eastwood-shaped Mary Sue. Still, Waller manages the occasional good line, and it's a sad enough story to be a little moving, despite being served up as the centerpiece on a ham and cheese plate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2003

    Uh?

    I only bought this because I'd read somewhere that this is an example of bad prose, and because some of Nicholas Sparks' books have been compared (favorably?) to it. I'm sorry, this book disappointed me. I don't like reading about adultery, the monologues became tedious, and perhaps the most disgruntling thing (maybe I'd like the movie) there was a sequel which I haven't read yet. I'm not usually this critical. Maybe it is a good love story, but I don't know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2002

    'Bridges' doesn't live up to the hype

    Kind of tedious, kind of implausible, and very repetitive.

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    Posted April 26, 2009

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