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The Bridges of Madison County

A book by Robert James Waller

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Poorly written and a dreadful weepie, but still enjoyable.

  • Mar 26, 1999
I was given this book to read by someone who said I would enjoy it. Sure, I thought. But I decided to give it a go. The 1st half is poor - slow, almost amatuerish, but by the middle I was interested, and by the end I was in tears. When asked later if I liked it, I replied, "Oh I always enjoy a good cry!". So take it for what it's worth - it's not a great book, it might not even be a good book, but it's a lovely story, and excellent for an evening when you need a good cry!

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review by . March 28, 2005
Reactions to this book are likely to be strongly polarized; some people will love it and others hate it. It is a simple story of tragic love, with no profound insights or surprising twists. The story itself is genuinely moving, and I am not ashamed to admit to shedding a tear or two. But Waller's writing style is very poor, full of cliches, and with embarrassingly clumsy attempts at lyricism. If you want to know what a real writer can do with such a theme, read Edith Wharton's 'Ethan Frome'.     …
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When Robert Kincaid drives through the heat and dust of an Iowa summer and turns into Francesca Johnson's farm lane looking for directions, the world-class photographer and the Iowa farm wife are joined in an experience of uncommon truth and stunning beauty that will haunt them forever. The romantic classic of the 1990's.
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ISBN-10: 044651652X
ISBN-13: 978-0446516525
Author: Robert James Waller
Publisher: Warner Books, Inc.

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