Free E-pub ☣ The Bridges of Madison County ⚖

It was absolutely wonderful I started it like an hour ago, and I already savored its 170 pages Crying, the last fifty or so It s similar to Night of Rodanthe, but its better, sweeter, shorter and sadder I want a love like this, but one that can happen Not one tainted with already present responsibilities Ie I am NOT supporting adultery, I banish the thought She should have divorced and moved on be brave if true love finds you It ended as happily as a novel like this could.Its also made me mildly interested in photography Funny how that works.AFTERTHOUGHTS I just read some of the comments about this book from others They re all so negative and hateful I can only laugh I feel bad for the people that didn t enjoy this book They obviously couldn t open up to how wonderful the novel could be for them Don t close your mind off to it, try it If you don t like it, you don t like it But maybe you will. Sometimes I wish that negative stars were allowedthis book deserves the Anti Star I wanted to read this book because everyone I knew had read it and love it and wept over it The greatest love story of all time blah blah blah Spoiler Alert I have a serious pet peeve A love story does NOT involve adultery Period with a capital P I have also started to question anyone who thinks that a great love story can only happen if you cheat on your spouse, or steal another persons spouse or any combination of the above.And it is further insulting that the adulteress kids are intrigued that their mother had a relationship with someone OTHER than their father and thinks it would be FUN or interesting to discover about it I just don t understand it. Free E-pub ☣ The Bridges of Madison County ♖ There Are Songs That Come Free From The Blue Eyed Grass, From The Dust Of A Thousand Country Roads This Is One Of ThemAnd So Begins A Story That You Will Never ForgetTHE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTYis The Story Of Robert Kincaid, A World Class Photographer, And Francesca Johnson, An Iowa Farm Wife Kincaid, Fifty Two, Is A Photographer For National Geographic A Strange, Almost Mystical Traveler Of Asian Deserts, Distant Rivers, And Ancient Cities, He Is A Man Who Feels Out Of Harmony With Time Francesca Johnson, Forty Five And Once A Young War Bride From Italy, Lives In The Hills Of South Iowa With Flickering Memories Of Her Girlhood Dreams Each Of Them Is Content, Yet When Robert Kincaid Drives Through The Heat And Dust Of An Iowa Summer And Turns Into Her Farm Lane Looking For Directions, Their Illusions Fall Away, And They Are Joined In An Experience That Will Haunt Them ForeverAs The Photographer Kincaid Uses Light To Reveal Not Objects, But Rather His Own Kind Of Truth, What Occurs By The Old Bridges Of Madison County Becomes A Prism Transforming The Ordinary Emotions We Think We Understand Into Something Rare And Brilliant The Result Is A Passionate, Deeply Moving Experience In Lyrical Prose, An Achievement That Puts Robert James Waller In The Forefront Of This Country S New Fiction Writers Love in Black and White The Bridges of Madison County, Robert James WallerThe Bridges of Madison County is a 1992 best selling romance novella by American writer Robert James Waller that tells the story of a married but lonely Italian American woman war bride living on a 1960s Madison County, Iowa, farm While her husband and children are away at the State Fair, she engages in an affair with a National Geographic photographer from Bellingham, Washington, who is visiting Madison County to create a photographic essay on the covered bridges in the area The novel is presented as a novelization of a true story, but it is in fact entirely fictional The novel is one of the bestselling books of the 20th century, with 60 million copies sold worldwide It has also been adapted into a feature film in 1995 and a musical in 2013 1994 1380 154 9649188371 20 1383 164 9646319505 1389 162 9789642430871 1389 190 9789647063661 1374 159 I read this book when it came out along with millions of other folks The set up and motivation for the story was done quickly and economically and even though there was an affair involved we accepted the motivation as to why Which is tough to do The book is about romance, and love and relationships If I had to sum up the book in one word I think it would be, tender For a long time I though the book too short probably because I liked it so much but after contemplation I realized it was probably just the right length David Putnam author of The Bruno Johnson series. This was a bestseller for 2 years when I first became a bookseller It is no coincidence that I started to hate most people with a deep and abiding passion around that time as well Robert James Waller writes sex scenes that are so moronic you wonder if he s ever had it himself.Bottom Line I ve read romantic things on Craigslist. If it were possible to rate a book in the negatives, this one would earn a negative 10 Truly one of the most terrible books ever Maudlin, whiny and ridiculous A woman whose husband and children are away has a brief affair with a photographer just passing through Of course, the few days spent with this complete stranger prove that her marriage is a sham and the photographer is her true lovebut wifey sacrifices herself in martyrlike fashion and suffers to allow her substandard husband to continue to support her financially while she moons over hidden letters in the closet I would like to rewrite this book and place it in the stark light of reality, where the neighbors report to her husband that his wife is a whore when she has to explain to him where she picked up the STD and why there are crabs in their bed where he throws her out on her ass and she DOES go off with her true love only to find that he has a wandering eye and a drinking problem, and often goes off on photographic jaunts where he beds other lonely housewives like herself Oh, the poetic justice when she finds the crabs in her own bed. I wonder what Waller, the eight year old doofus responsible for The Bridges of Madison County is like in real life Like, is he for instance the dashing last cowboy he so romanticizes Or like the tepid housewife who looks at the nothingness that is Iowa oh forgotten state what did you ever do to deserve this and nods in approval Did he grin in a stupid daze with his mouth full of Oreos all the way teeheehee to the bank All I know is that this belongs in the same category as The Granddaddy of S novelists Nicholas Sparks Yikes Literature doesn t come in a worse package than this No doubt a best seller, it was the garbage that the people yearning to learn how to make out sentences read once upon a time Ouch.This is a genuine insult to American non readers. Recipe for Bridges of Madison County Firestarters1 melt 20 oz parafin in 4 1 2 quart slow cooker set on low should take about 20 minutes.2 set several sheets of newspaper on kitchen floor next to slow cooker.3 Tear pages out of binding I find about seven at a time works best Discard binding.4 Crumple each page individually you can do it two or three at a time, but recipe will go farther if you take the time to crumple each page individually.5 With tongs, dip each crumpled page into the parafin Hold for 20 to 30 seconds Remove.6 Carefully set dipped,crumpled pages on newspaper to dry.7 Continue steps 4 and 5 until all pages have been dipped.8 If preferred, repeat steps 4 and 5 to get a thicker coat of parafin on each page 9 VERY IMPORTANT Carefully dispose of left over parafin in an empty coffee can and unplug slow cooker NOTE the next few meals you make in your slow cooker might not taste very good.9 Once all pages have been coated, place them together in attractive baskets next to your fireplace.10 Each time you use your fireplace, place a few crumpled pages of The Bridges of Madison County on your logs, ignite with flame source and enjoy watching them burn The Book, cough, cough Called a novel, it s a novella, barely over 170 pages the better to save money on printing costs set in large type on small pages Set between a frame story utterly forgettable employed to give the reader a sense of being privy to a real event, voyeurism at it s best one of my acquaintances actually tried to find the characters from the novel in the real world using the Internet, convinced Waller could never have made the story up She was half right Waller didn t make up the story, he just changed the details in a story old as time how old is time, anyway , like changing the colors in a paint by number The Oh So Complicated Plot First, if you re going to read this book, don t Second, if you aren t going to listen to me, skip this part and read on to find out about why you shouldn t read this book Francesca is a bored housewife married to Richard forget him Waller does who has an affair with a new and exciting photographer How do we know He carries a Nikon and snaps pictures called Robert Kincaid Note not Robert, but Robert Kincaid, like James, James Bond for the slow reader, two names means he s different The two adulterers fall in love But then instead of going off with the exciting man, Frannie, as her unexciting husband calls her, decides to stay because of her responsibilities Later she regrets it and finds out Robert never loves again Why Because it s romantic that the knight goes off and dies of unrequited love than settles down with the damsel and becomes the unexciting husband of everyday life.Fiction Writing 101 I found this book good for only one thing as an excellent primer for those who want to become writers themselves Just look at these valuable lessons I learned 1 Characterization Uh, I got this character who I want to be different Hmm, well I gave him two names and I made him a photographer by making him carry a Nikon and snap some pictures I guess I should describe him in some different way, too What about calling him a dead end branch of evolution Now, that s description I ll just repeat that one phrase over and over and over Wait maybe I ll throw in something really original like the last cowboy Oh man, that s hot stuff 2 How to simplify a morally ambiguous issueExcuse what your character does and have the other characters accept it that way your reader doesn t have to do any thinking and doesn t get confused over how they should feel about the character Francesca to her children on her affair If you love me, then you must love what I have done Mom, I killed my brother but if you love me, then you must love what I have done Waller told me so 3 Theme Make astonishing philosophical statements by asserting bland generalizations about the sexes In a way, women were asking for men to be poets and driving, passionate lovers at the same time Women saw no contradiction in that Men did Now, that s brilliant, what in depth analysis of the complex way women and men view each other.