The Bridges of Madison County

The Bridges of Madison County

by Robert James Waller
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The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446516525
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 04/13/1992
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 258,778
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Robert James Waller lived on a remote ranch in the high-desert mountains of Texas, where he pursued his interests in writing, photography, music, economics, and mathematics. He was the New York Times bestselling author of The Bridges of Madison County, which was adapted into a film starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood and also as a successful Broadway musical, and Thousand Country Roads. He died in his home at age 77.

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The Bridges of Madison County 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 129 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
PiperGrissom More than 1 year ago
Written in 1992 by Robert James Waller,it stayed on the best seller list for over 150 weeks. This is the story of Francesca Johnson and Robert Kincaid. Francesca is a once-lovely Iowa farm wife, Robert is a photographer/poet/writer. They begin a four day affair that changes their lives forever. Not just about lust and sex, their story is about soul mates, eternal love, devotion, loss and magic. The book is written as a true story, in fact, it's all fiction. "There are songs that come free from the blue-eyed grass,from the dust of a thousand country roads. This is one of them." is the first line of the book. Written beautifully in lyrical prose, this is a must read. I own two copies of the novel, two copies of the book on tape, and two copies of the film. I named my youngest daughter Madison. Yes, it's that good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book at least once a year.It is so powerful that I know when I pick it up I will not put it down until I am done.It is supburbly written. I had a 'Robert Kincaid' love in my life over 20 years ago and I can feel every word in the depths of me. I can not imagine that anyone could ever portray this magic, bittersweet love story better than Robert James Waller.I wish I could thank Robert for touching me in the way that he has with this book.His words are a warm remberence.They reach out and embrace. They ever so gently caress.They are as soft as butterfly wings and as strong as ocean tides. I smile, I cry, I reflect and most of all I savor wonderful memories.However, maybe if you have not loved in this all consuming, spiritual, magical way you will not feel the true power of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book not long after it came out. Also saw the movie a bit later. Same reaction each time. Author managed to bring the characters to life. Very sad story, but leaving a good aftertaste.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Very touching.
lilyML More than 1 year ago
I new about this book from a while back and just got around to reading it. I fell utterly and completely in love with the book. Francesca and Robert had a love so deep that it was timeless and ageless. It brought tears to my eyes because I could releate to their dilemma. This was not only a book about true love but it was also a book about how love does not conquer all when faced with real life responsibilities. Two other books that I've read with the characters facing similiar situations are The Notebook and Dear John. If you haven't read those books, please do...they are tearjerkers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book a couple of years ago and immediately fell in love with it and cried at the end. I think we all wish for a moment we could have a love like Robert and Francesca's--maybe some people do. Not only does this book focus on a love story it also makes you think about the choices that you make in your life. As Francesca said 'We are the choices we make.' Two misfits manage to find their way together. An absolutely wonderful story. The movie is well done too. Have a box of tissues ready.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don¿t even try to say you¿ve never done it. Lust that is, after someone. The Bridges of Madison County is a well written contemporary classic about a heart thrashing, tear jerking love affair. Yes ladies it is the chic flick on paper. It all starts with a city man asking for directions in a little country town where everybody knows everybody. Her name was Francesca Johnson she was married with kids and he wasn¿t. It was an extremely secretive affair. When Francesca Johnson and Robert Kincaid meet, her family was out of town at the state fair in Illinois and Robert Kincaid was a photographer for National Geographic. When he first asked for directions she should have just told him the directions instead of getting in the truck with a stranger, not forgetting you¿re a married woman that lives in a small, noisy, country town. If she wouldn¿t have gotten into his truck named Harry to show him the bridge, she wouldn¿t have had to experience the pain of loving someone that you can¿t have. If she wanted to show it to him she could have drove her truck and he could have followed. This less than 5 minute ride to the bridge was enough to trigger both Francesca¿s and Robert¿s attraction towards each other. One thing differently I would have done if I were Francesca, would be that I would have written him a letter and kept in touch. She could have written Robert letters in her spare time. Francesca thought she was so sad; imagine not having anything at all to remember the person your in love with, but a piece of paper that was pinned to a bridge. Robert Kincaid had nothing to look at from Francesca, but that note. She had a picture, a few letters, jewelry, and cameras. She had a variety of things to remind her of their love. He had nothing but a note, no longer than 3 sentences. I guess that¿s what partly made this book so good to know that he loved her the way he did, because it is always heart warming to hear a man say I love you and mean it. This book is my favorite book, because it expresses true love and it also teaches you to never ever let anything or anyone pass you bye. This book should be read by everyone. It isn¿t only a chic book. It clearly states the way Robert Kincaid loved Francesca Johnson and the way she longed for him. So it might just teach guys that it¿s okay to fall in love with a girl. This is now my favorite book and I could read it 20 more times and be just excited as I was the first time I read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like Nicholas Sparks' books, you will love this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting love story that can happen to people when they least expect it proving that true love does exist for some under unusual circumstances and does affect them for a lifetime and beyond.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book intrigued me deep down in my heart! It brings out what most of go through and crave for in real life. It fulfills what we dream of in love. This is what we call passionate love- when you are inside the person you love. Short-lived romances are often more magical. It's a must read for all those people who beleive in love, beauty, passion, magic...
MyndiL 11 months ago
I have lived in Iowa my entire life and never had read this book until now. I have lived in the Des Moines area since 1999 and never visited Winterset until a week ago! And as of this moment, I have never seen the movie version of this book. While visiting the Roseman Bridge, we went to the gift shop now located there and my husband bought me the book. I'm so glad he did and that I decided to read it, because in spite of being nervous that I wouldn't like it or I would find it boring, I did love it and it was in no way boring. I find it hard to write this review without spoilers, so I hope people will get where I am coming from in my vague comments. The idea of what happened between Robert and Francesca is not one I'm fond of reading...but the theme of the book is about more than that. It's about finding that one person who your heart and soul calls out to and for. That idea I can totally get behind. We're all lucky, if in this life, we find someone who means that much to us. I also enjoyed the fact that I had visited some of the places mentioned in the book. Some of the settings for the events unfolding had been in my recent trip to Winterset. And I love that as far as we know this is basically a true story. I even read the forward and afterward from the author about his research and people he spoke to in order to get as much accuracy as possible. I recommend the book to readers of contemporary romance and anyone who loves the Covered Bridges in Winterset/Madison County, Iowa.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not much for love stories but this one got my attention and I liked it very much. To bad it wasn't a true story but sounded real. I would say it is a very good read! I would recommended it for male or female.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
A true love story classic. Well edited. My only criticism would be that the author didn't seem to spend enough time on the actual four days they spent together. This was a very short book. Only about 120 pages. Several of these were devoted to pictures of the bridges and the last chapter was an interview with an old friend of Robert Kincaid. While I enjoyed the book, I just felt that the author could have done more. Recommend that you read the book, then watch the movie. If you see the movie first, you might just be disappointed in the book.
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Usually the books are better than the movie, but not this one. I found it to be tedious and boring.
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Loved it
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