book review

The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller

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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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