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The Bridges Of Madison County by Robert James Waller

By Pamelascott

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 are so moved by this small, unknown first novel that they became 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 fulfilment 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.


There are songs that come free from the blue-eyed grass, from the dust of a thousand country roads.- The Beginning


(@PenguinUKBooks, 30 November 2013, e-book, 194 pages, borrowed from @GlasgowLib via @OverDriveInc)



I love the movie The Bridges of Madison County and have seen it several times, weeping with every re-watch. I discovered very recently that it was based on a book so of course I had to read it. The events in the book are very close to the film. The book is structured as it the author has been asked to write a true story by Francesa's children. This is a literary device as the book is purely fiction. I loved it. The book affected me as much as the film and I wept like a baby. What a beautiful, beautiful story.

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