book review

The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller

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-and shows us what it is to love and be loved so intensely that life is never the same again.

This has been sitting in my bookshelf for about a year and a half. My husband had given me a gift certificate for a bookstore, and then before I could use it the store announced it was closing. Thanks to my work schedule I wasn’t able to get to the store so my husband ended up going and through a lot of texts and pictures, used the gift certificate for me. There wasn’t much left at that point so I ended grasping any books that sounded familiar.

This was a very short book so I was able to get through it in just a few days. I admit that I did skip the first and last section as I quickly grew bored of them and instead went into the main section and I am glad I did; had I read the intro, I don’t think I would have continued to read. Going right into the story helped me appreciate the story. I loved the writing, it was my favorite aspect of the story and it pulled me right in. The story itself though wasn’t much to get excited about. I think that when this was first published in the early 90’s, it was probably a bit more shocking but now it seems terribly dated.

I haven’t watched the movie adaptation of this, but after I finished reading this I watched a few videos on Youtube and I believe this story was one of the few books that probably work better on the big screen then on paper. We will have to see though. I haven’t been able to find where to stream this yet.

Rating: three stars

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