Saturday, April 18, 2009
The Bridges of Madison County - Robert James Waller
I picked this book up at the library and thought it would be great for the Read-A-Thon. It is only 180 pages and a book that I had wanted to read. I had read some negative reviews about it but decided to try it out anyway. I had seen the movie with Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood years ago and remember liking it. I have to confess that I do enjoy an easy to read love story (I devour Nicholas Sparks books and cry like a baby!) and this was what this book was. The book is about an affair between a traveling photographer and a farm-wife who meet unexpectedly for a few days during a hot summer in 1965. They only are together for 4 days and never meet again - but there love changes each other and seems to last forever.
To me, the story isn't very well written (especially the dialogue) and I can see why some people didn't like it. But I did really love the way the characters thought about their lives and their love for each other. It was beautiful. It made me so sad to think that they kept this secret for so long and were so in love but couldn't be together because of Francesca's responsibilities towards her husband and children.
An excellent read for the first part of the 24 Hour Read-A-Thon. I am doing well with the reading. I find it hard to keep up (and comment on) everyones blogs AND keep reading as much as I want. This is turning into quite the fun and challenging evening!