If you've ever experienced the one true love of your life, a love that for some reason could never be, you will understand why readers all over the world were so moved by this small, unknown first novel that they made it a publishing phenomenon and #1 bestseller. 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.
I read this book because my sister in law got married here. I wanted to get the full feel of the place and why it was famous for being a romantic landmark.
I'm not going to say much about the book. I didn't really like it much. It was sort of idealistic and blabbered on and on in flowery language about love and what it meant to Francesca and Kincaid. Who were having an affair, by the way, no matter how pretty the words are to describe it. I've heard the movie was better...I'm willing to give it a shot.
But boy, was it fun to go there and see what was described - in a rather lovely fashion - in the book.
It is also quite short and easy to read so reccomend to all.
The quintessential "throw across the room" book. When a meal shared by the lovers-to-be was described as "quiet food", I should have stopped there. Yet I wasted more time before actually throwing it.
Now whenever I'm reading a bad book, I use the "Bridges of Madison County" test to decide whether or not to throw it across the room. I'll generally take pity on even a bad book if it's not as bad as Waller's "masterpiece". A throwing book must be truly bad to deserve the dubious honor.
This is the story of a woman and a man that she met one day. Francesca and Robert. Francesca is a farm wife and mother. While her husband and children are at a state fair showing their prize cow Francesca meets Robert Kincaid and photographer. When she sees him for the first time she feels drawn to him.
As I read the story I felt the attraction between the two of them. I was feeling her loneliness and lack of love from her marriage. She loved her husband but was still missing something and Robert Kincaid brought that yearning to the front.
The ending was very heartwarming. It brought tears to my eyes. I am glad that I took the time to read this book.
Moving, spare, brief encounter love-story. Amazing sense of place and characterisation. Read it and weep.
I think the book is highly overrated. Books written recently has much better language and prose, as well as more defined characters.
Upon finishing it, I gave it away to the girl I love, and I only regret that this means that I can't pick it off the shelf for a re-read right this moment.