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Kirja kuin kirkkain helmi – tarina joka palauttaa uskon rakkauteenRobert L. Kincaid on valokuvaaja, joka saapuu Iowaan, Madisonin piirikuntaa kuvatakseen ainutlaatuisia, vanhoja katettuja siltoja. Mies on viimeinen lajiaan, yksinäisen tien valinnut kulkuri, joka valokuvissaan pystyy paljastamaan arkielämän kauneuden.Francesca Johnson on alun perin Italiasta sotamorsiamenaKirja kuin kirkkain helmi – tarina joka palauttaa uskon rakkauteenRobert L. Kincaid on valokuvaaja, joka saapuu Iowaan, Madisonin piirikuntaa kuvatakseen ainutlaatuisia, vanhoja katettuja siltoja. Mies on viimeinen lajiaan, yksinäisen tien valinnut kulkuri, joka valokuvissaan pystyy paljastamaan arkielämän kauneuden.Francesca Johnson on alun perin Italiasta sotamorsiamena tuotu, kauan sitten amerikkalaistunut perheenemäntä. Nainen on hiljalleen tyytynyt rooliinsa maanviljelijän vaimona, osana yhteisöä jossa runous ja taide eivät kuulu elämään.Eräänä kuumana elokuun iltana Robert ajaa rämisevän farmarinsa Francescan pihaan kysyäkseen tietä Rosemanin sillalle. Siitä alkaa rakkaustarina, jonka koskettava aitous jää unohtumattomasti lukijan mieleen.Robert ja Francesca viettävät yhdessä vain neljä lyhyttä päivää, mutta nuo päivät muuttavat heidän loppuelämänsä. Ulkonaisesti elämä pysyy entisenlaisena, mutta on kuitenkin saanut kokonaan uuden merkityksen....

Title : Hiljaiset sillat
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ISBN : 9789510189528
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Number of Pages : 167 Pages
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Hiljaiset sillat Reviews

  • Kate
    2019-01-31 10:12

    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!

  • Fede
    2019-01-23 09:03

    You guys have completely lost the plot.You simply can't say that this is not a good book. It's well written, the story stands its ground and there is that bit of intrinsec poetry which can make a good read into an excellent one.And remember, it is a book! What is this bigotry of saying that you don't like it because she has an extra marital affair? The story works and the main doubt the author underlines is for her between leaving her obligations and following her heart, regardless of the adultery sitution, or staying home with her family. Nothing else.It is a story of true love, that can happen even after one gets married (oh what a wonder!) and that can lead someone's life into turmoil for maybe the only time ever.The movie was brilliant and the book is no less. I am simply astonished at some comments. But this makes just my belief of modern times stronger and stronger: people and literature are drifting apart. Go buy some comics instead, if you have to judge a book on such meaningless details.

  • S.
    2019-02-06 08:07

    The Book, cough, cough: Called a novel, it's more 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 more 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 more 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 issue: Excuse 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.

  • Ryan
    2019-01-25 08:46

    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 more romantic things on Craigslist.

  • Molly
    2019-02-10 09:07

    Sometimes I wish that negative stars were allowed...this 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 more about it. I just don't understand it.

  • Debbie Petersen
    2019-01-29 10:13

    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 love...but 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.

  • Fabian
    2019-02-17 10:46

    I wonder what Waller, the 8 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 more 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 one genuine insult to American (& non-!) readers.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-02-07 11:49

    The Bridges of Madison County, Robert James Wallerعنوانها: پل های مدیسون کانتی؛ نویسنده: رابرت جیمز والر؛ فرجام یک عشق (پل‌های منطقه مادیسون)؛ انتشاراتیها: سکه، سوگند، همراه، آشنایی،؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: 19 سپتامبر 1994 میلادیعنوان: پل های مدیسون کانتی؛ نویسنده: رابرت جیمز والر؛ مترجم: البرز آذرکیوان؛ تهران، سوگند، 1380؛ در 154 ص؛ شابک: 9649188371؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی - قرن 20 معنوان: پل های مدیسون کانتی؛ نویسنده: رابرت جیمز والر؛ مترجم: منصوره وحدتی احمدزاده؛ تهران، همراه، 1383؛ در 164 ص؛ شابک: 9646319505؛ چاپ دوم: تهران، افراز، 1389؛ در 162 ص؛ شابک: 9789642430871؛ عنوان: پل های مدیسون کانتی؛ نویسنده: رابرت جیمز والر؛ مترجم: حمیرا یاسری؛ تهران، آشنایی، 1389؛ در 190 ص؛ شابک: 9789647063661؛ این کتاب در سال 1374 تحت عنوان: فرجام یک عشق (پل‌های منطقه مادیسون)؛ با ترجمه: اک‍رم‌ م‍ح‍س‍ن‍ی‌؛ در 159 ص، توسط انتشارات سكه نیز منتشر شده استداستان زندگی یک زن خانه‌ دار ایتالیایی تنها را روایت می‌کند؛ که در مدیسون کانتی آیووا ساکن است. او با عکاسِ مجله ی: نشنال جئوگرافیک، که برای عکس گرفتن از پل‌های روبسته به مدیسون کانتی آمده، رابطه ی دور از چشم برقرار می‌کند. در فیلمی با همین عنوان، مریل استریپ، نقش زن ایتالیائی (فرانچسکا)، و کلینت ایستوود نقش عکاس را بازی کرده است. این رمان با فروش بیش از پنجاه میلیون نسخه در سراسر جهان یکی از پرفروش‌ترین رمان‌های قرن بیستم شناخته می‌شود. ا. شربیانی

  • Katie R. Herring
    2019-02-16 12:14

    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.

  • K.D. Absolutely
    2019-02-04 15:04

    In 1993, this novel topped the Bestselling Novels List in the US. Why? Check the others in the lists around that time. They were novels by Stephen King, John Grisham, Tom Clancy, Daniel Steele and Robert Ludlum. It reminded me when in 2001, the soulful operatic voice of John Groban made his first waves in the music industry. The market was then dominated by the likes of Limkin Park, Eminem, Avril Lavigne, Nelly and Shakira. On that same year the simple, acoustic yet heartfelt song Pagdating ng Panahon by Aiza Seguerra topped the Best-Selling Albums list in the local music industry leaving by miles the likes of belter Regine Velasquez and the local bands Parokya ni Edgar and Eraserheads.The Bridges of Madison County is a sensitive simple tragic love story. Yet it is not overbearing, cheesy nor mushy. It is a story of Francesca/Frannie, a lonely (but not sex-starved) housewife who did not think that at the age of 45, in just 4 short days, she would find her one true love. The man, Robert Kinkaid, a 52-y/o divorced travelling photographer also felt the same for her. What happened on those 4 days: each moment, each sight, each word, each action, each kiss, each time their bodies touched... they carried with them as treasured secret memories for 22 years living their own separate livesThe narration is simple, poetic yet effective and incandescent. Each sentence is carefully worded and you cannot help notice some symbolisms. By design, Waller knew what he wanted: a simple yet heartfelt love story maybe to differentiate his work from the horrors of Stephen King, courtroom dramas of John Grisham or the espionage adventures of Robert Ludlum. One can likened The Bridges of Madison County to the description of the tune Robert's friend composed for him after Robert told him Francesca's story: I wanted to keep it simple, elegant. Complex things are easy to do. Simplicity's the real challenge.Like my favorite novel at all times, Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Sometimes, we don't need a complicated story to be happy with what we read. Sometimes, a simple yet sensible heartwarming story is what we need to cuddle ourselves in bed on a cold October night.

  • Megan Huff
    2019-01-21 12:12

    This book was absolutely beautiful. I read it over the summer because I had just taken a photography class and I was interested in a lot of related stuff. I found the book on my mom's bookshelf and picked it up mainly because of the fact that the man is a photographer.I read that book in a day, I couldn't put it down. It was probably one of the greatest works I have ever read and possibly will ever read.I would recommend The Bridges of Madison County to anybody who wanted to read a good literature... well, anybody over the age of about 14 or so.

  • Maria Clara
    2019-02-04 14:08

    Oh, por Dios! ¿Cómo puede ser que haya tardado tanto tiempo en leer este libro? ¿Cómo puede ser que hasta hace dos días, no se haya decidido a entrar en mi vida? Por Dios, qué historia tan bonita; tan mágica, tan llena de sentimientos...

  • David
    2019-02-07 13:07

    The literary version of Thomas Kinkade.

  • Ana
    2019-02-07 13:49

    'The human heart has a way of making itself large again even after it's been broken into a million pieces.'The story and the plot are beautiful and realistic in a way that few books nowadays manage to be, and it impacted me deeply. A very emotional read.

  • Belinda
    2019-01-26 12:16

    A friend sent me a copy a kajillion years ago, so I dutifully read it. I still adore the friend, and have liked plenty of other books she recommended, but I was actually ANGRY with her for WEEKS for causing me to have read this book. This was my all-time "worst book I ever read (to the end)" until I read "The Devil Wears Prada."I wouldn't disparage anyone who DOES like this book, obviously, but to say it wasn't my cup of tea would be...WILDLY kind. How to describe the experience? Let's see. It's like eating a Twinkie, which is bad enough, but let's say that particular Twinkie got deep fried in the shrimp basket.Whoa. Take THAT, literary critics. I'm obviously in the wrong line of work.

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-06 10:13

    I always felt that this was one of those books written for women who are menopausal and in a marriage that dried up and need to hold on to a fantasy that they don't need to actually do anything in order to make their life better - it will just happen. It will just drive up to their house and hump them and it will be ok because their marriage sucks and they decide to stay in said crap marriage rather than run off - because running off would be cliche. Happiness is cliche and should be shunned. ARGH. I normally have a love for books that cause any sort of reaction in me - I think it's good when characters can evoke a strong response in a reader. But there are limits - and this book crossed the line for me. I think the other thing that pissed me off - other than the writing and the content - was that it was actually a short story that they wrote in a small book in large print. It's a study in how to stretch a short story into a "novel".

  • Judy
    2019-01-19 07:48

    This book was laughable. Francesca is a housewife living in Iowa where no one--not her children, her husband or her neighbors--see her for the beautiful, fascinating worldly woman she is. Until that fateful day when Robert Kinkaid, a handsome, fascinating worldly man shows up on her doorstep asking for directions. And talk about great timing! Her husband and teen-aged children just happen to be out of town for the next four days. How convenient.Francesca and Robert have four crazy, wonderful days together, falling madly, deeply, irrevocably in love. (for some reason I feel compelled to use lots and lots of superfluous adverbs when describing this book) He asks her to run away with him. Though it breaks her heart and his, Francesca declines. And everyone cries.Obviously, Waller is pandering to the dowdy housewives among us who yearn to have a handsome, worldly man who sees us for the fascinating women we believe ourselves to be. It's a fantasy. Waller ignores the fact that every man (even the jerkiest of jerks) can be wonderful for the first four days.From beginning to end, this book set my teeth on edge.

  • Nikki
    2019-02-07 06:48

    I'm embarrassed to have read this maudlin piece of shit.

  • Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
    2019-02-03 08:06

    "It's clear to me now that I have been moving toward you and you toward me for a long time. Though neither of us was aware of the other before we met, there was a kind of mindless certainty humming blithely along beneath our ignorance that ensured we would come together. Like two solitary birds flying the great prairies by celestial reckoning, all of these years and lifetimes we have been moving toward each other."This book. Oh my God, this book.I just finished it earlier this morning and I have a feeling that it is going to be one of those books that stays with me for the rest of my life. Francesca Johnson is a farmer's wife living in Madison County. She is at peace with her life, but she is unhappy. She is a passionate woman, with hopes and dreams that are as untamed as the wildest windstorm. When freelance photographer Robert Kincaid stops at her doorstep seeking directions to the various covered bridges in the area they find themselves caught up in a love affair that knows no boundaries."This is why I'm here on this planet, Francesca. Not to travel or make pictures, but to love you. I know that now. I have been falling from the rim of a great, high place, somewhere back in times, for many more years than I have lived in this life. And through all of those years, I have been falling toward you."I cannot even begin to describe how much I adored this book. It was literally the perfect blend of forbidden romance, myseterious beauty, and poignant sadness. It has a surprisingly low rating here on goodreads and after finishing it I think I understand why. The main character Francesca is having a love affair outside of her marriage. The book is primarily focused on that, and this is the issue that I feel many people cannot understand. Look, don't get me wrong. I am not condoning infidelity. But what I am condoning is that pure rush of love. Have you ever felt that? That moment where you life changes and you heart feels as if it might soar right out of your chest? That realization that you absolutely have to be with that other person and consequences be dammed? I know I have. It's a terrifying feeling yet wonderful all at the same time. And this book really and truly shows just how deep and how strong love can be."Analysis destroys wholes. Some things, magic things, are meant to stay whole. If you look at their pieces, they go away."So I fell head over heels in love with this story and its characters. I really wish it had been longer because I never wanted it to end! The writing was as lyrical and beautiful as the story itself was. Don't read this book if you have strong strong opinions about extramarital affairs. Don't read this book if you are cynical, biased, or jaded about love. But DO read this book if you have an open heart. Do read this book if you believe that the force of love can change your life in an instant. It is a remarkable book!"In a universe of ambiguity, this kind of certainty comes only once, and never again, no matter how many lifetimes you live."

  • JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust
    2019-02-04 15:13

    **5 " Once in a lifetime story" STARS** Robert James Waller, you've made me a walking contradiction. Review to come once I get my thoughts in order... it may take a while.

  • Phyllis Eisenstadt
    2019-01-18 09:52

    EMOTIONALLY EVOCATIVE LOVE STORYMy only regret is that this novel was not longer. It is one of the most beautiful love stories I have ever read, and Romance is not one of my favorite genres in contemporary literature. With an economy of words, Waller says much, and there is much emotion to be felt via the two protagonists. Because of its brevity, I will not say any more for fear of creating spoilers, which would be doing a great disservice to this splendid tale.Read it! You will be glad you did.Phyllis Eisenstadt

  • Floripiquita
    2019-02-06 13:46

    El libro me gustó bastante cuando lo leí, aunque hay escenas que están pensadas para hacerte llorar o si o si. Lo que recomiendo encarecidamente es la película, una auténtica maravilla sobre el amor a cualquier edad.

  • Lucy J Jeynes
    2019-01-24 10:12

    I read this on a plane so luckily I had an endless supply of sick bags handy. Truly one of the worst books I have ever read. Partly because it masquerades as a "proper novel". Bleargh. Retch.

  • Sharon Metcalf
    2019-02-01 13:00

    Perhaps I'm exaggerating but The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Weller is a masterpiece of only 171 pages in length.    I found it to be a simply magnificent tribute to love.    Every word perfectly chosen, none of them redundant.      I know it's been made into a movie yet I've never seen it nor do I know anything about it.    However, reading the book felt a little like watching a movie unfold.   So clear were the images, the descriptions vivid and the feelings..... aah the feelings.     This story of a four day affair felt neither tawdry, unbelievable, nor did it make me feel judgemental.   Perhaps the brevity made it more precious to both participants.    Robert and Francesca; soulmates found and their one love was sacrificed in respect of genuine familial love and responsibility.       With so many beautiful passages to select from this was my favourite. "I have one thing to say, one thing only; I'll never say it another time, to anyone, and I ask you to remember it:  In a universe of ambiguity, this kind of certainty comes only once, and never again, no matter how many lifetimes you live."   Do I know love?   Yes, most definitely and I treasure each of the loves in my life.   A love like this one?    Perhaps not.      Is it possible?    I truly hope so and maybe one of these lifetimes I will be as certain of the truth in those words as Robert and Francesca.    

  • Jeannette Nikolova
    2019-02-01 11:55

    Read on the WondrousBooks blog.* Spoilers ahead. Though, honestly, if you've read even one Nicholas Sparks book, none of this should come as a surprise. *So, I looked at the bestseller lists for 1993 and this one was the top book for the entire year. I needed a book published in '93, because of the 2015 Reading Challenge: A Book That Came Out the Year You Were Born. I later found out that it was actually published in 1992, but I consider my duty done, since I couldn't find anything else connected specifically to 1993.Anyway, I'll be blunt and I feel the need to apologize in advance: this is a book written for women who are past their prime and unhappy about their lives and look for hope wherever they can find it. It's not a very good book either. It tells the story of a permanently sweaty photographer and a lonely farm wife, both of whom really want to have sex. There's insta-love, almost insta-sex and a tragic separation of two people who are truly meant to be together - I mean, he asked her for directions, she noticed how sexily sweaty he is and that he has sweat stains on watch and drops of sweat on his chest, and decided to invite him over to show off her sexy 49-year-old butt and to shag him on their second "date".And to top that off, just before she died she wrote a letter to her children, which innocently starts with:"If possible, please sit at the old kitchen table to read [this letter]. You'll understand that request shortly."Then there is a lot of blah-blah-blah. And then, the big reveal a.k.a. why should they sit at the old kitchen table:"In our old kitchen, Robert and I spent hours together. We talked and danced by candlelight. And, yes, we made love there..." I mean... HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHShe and Robert were separated because of her children, so she decided to get back at them by making them sit at the same table she had sex with a random guy on, while making them read about it. HAHAHAHAHAHAH WIN! And also...As far as the love story goes, it's a few degrees above laughable and unbelievable. Same goes to descriptions of their "love-making" and the way he is a tiger, or a panther, or I don't know what that disturbing woman was describing him as. She is a neglected wife and the mother of two total a-holes who don't really care about her enough to even visit on her birthday. All she does is farm and serve her husband beers. That's exactly the type of woman an adventurous photographer, who's been around the entire globe, would fall for. Not.The writing is not any better than the characters. In the very first chapter, when Robert starts the journey which will eventually lead him to Francesca, the author lists the things Kincaid puts in his car - one by one. And lest we forget, two lines down Robert does a mental list of the very same things. Then every time his car, Harry, is mentioned, there is again a list of everything that's in it. Every time. And when Francesca reminisces about him, she also thinks about the stuff in his car. First world problems, people!

  • Charlotte Stein
    2019-01-23 07:58

    May God have mercy on the souls of all those who braved this hideous creation.

  • Debbie
    2019-02-15 12:52

    Everything about this book is ice cube slowly melting on hot skin. His essence which he wore like a mantle regally, reached into her strangled mute soul and caused it to speak again, to live again.Excellent good read! Here's the thing. I think those of us in the avid readers club sleep a lot of books that go to cinema. We may think, I saw the movie, I liked or didn't like it, why bother with the books. This is a thought process that we are all guilty of and I am working diligently to correct this flaw within myself. I have read quite a few books of late that have become cinema renditions that may enhance the interpretation of the book however more times then not they are gross misinterpretations full of short comings and visions from directors vs authors. I encourage reading the book versions as a comparison vs companion because most times you are getting two completely different views. That being said, if you have not read this book, pick it up and I don't want to hear a soul tell me "well I saw the movie." That is like saying I read a book about Paris, so now I don't need to go. I watched a movie about marriage so I know all there is.. I once saw a baby so now I know about motherhood....apples vs oranges. Pick up this book! As lovers of literature, the attraction is not just in the story but real lovers.. We love words. What they mean in the dictionary, in the scope of the story/characters and how they relate to us in our own lives. There is extreme beauty in words and how they form, bloom and blossom in our minds. The make us silently smile after reading a passage. We sit with a finger marking the page and stare for a moment at nothing but our minds vision of the beauty of a word. I adore a book, an author who opens themself up to conveying words so powerful that it gives me pause. That was this book. 171 pages I could have finished in a day but I had no desire to and frankly I don't recommend it. You don't quickly whiff a flower and quickly move on. That's a sin. You stop, admire it's beauty, inhale it's heady aroma, let it permeate your every sense as you pause and ponder the wonder of miracle of nature. That was the experience of this book for me. I loved this book. It will go up on my list of must reads of a lifetime. I now hold it dear as a beautifully written work by an author that was both lyrical and poetic. I will surely find myself reading this book again for the sheer creativeness of its prose. I have quoted till my little heart was content and still found myself pulling on restraint for not wanting to give the secrets of the whole book away to those who have yet to read it. I will say "yet" because you simply must. Robert the author causes the helpless reader to fall head over heels as completely in love with Robert the character as his lady love Francesca. If you've seen the movie you may visualize a wiry Clint Eastwood, if you haven't your mind will picture someone different, either way you'll find yourself attracted to this unearthly character of a man who can truly only exist within the confines of the lines of this lyrical book. Robert Kincaid is self tamed wild animal who accidentally or fatally stalks into the life of a subdued house wife from Iowa named Francesca Johnson. There is much one can say about their relationship if one has not read this book. Once you have, one thing is for sure, you will be so immersed, so intertwined within their feelings and as a reader and experiencer of real life you might feel like you were just temporarily possessed by these people because the experience was so deep. Right or wrong this reader can only state the facts. Francesca felt caged for years, Robert freed her. Robert felt he was always moving and searching for a love that he felt home when he found Francesca. Life is complicated. I appreciated that the author didn't just give us a brilliant love story floating in the clouds to ride off into the sunset because that is not reality. I like that he (author) broke our hearts in the end just like real life. Even floating high up in the clouds Icarus flew too close to the sun and had to fall. That is reality. Robert and Francesca knew this. Robert James Waller knew this. We all must know this. But no one can take the memory of flying high and the warmth of the burning sun. Robert and Francesca never did. The readers.. We never have to as we revisit this book. Perfect 7 stars from me (aka GR 5). I recommend it to the true romantics, to the lovers of beautiful literature, to those who want to compare it to the movie.

  • Kimberly
    2019-01-22 12:10

    This story is kind of like Brokeback Mountain. In Brokeback Mountain, the fact that the story is a love story takes center stage and you almost forget you're reading about two men. It's just a story of a love that the two participants feel they can't have, and a life that they feel they can't share.This is really the same kind of story. Sure, it's a story about adultery, but what you end up concentrating on is the moment in time that these two people share, and the poignancy and sadness of circumstance or Fate or stupidity, whatever it is that keeps them apart. I have always, always hated this sort of thing in real life. I ache even for fictional characters, knowing that they are shadows of us, that real people have suffered similarly. It's sad when something condemns two who love to confinement in separate lives which are unfulfilling, taking only a brief, shining moment with them through the whole of it. I suppose a worse alternative is never to have had that shining moment at all.

  • Dan
    2019-01-28 07:10

    This short novel, ostensibly about an affair between Robert and a married Francesca, has its share of critics. I think there is a stark reality to this book that can be missed. First, this book is completely plausible. A fleeting affair with a great deal of mutual nostalgia later. Yes the drama is muted and there are quite literally 1,000 ways the author could have made the story more dramatic. Secondly, while the writing about their relationship is limited, the writing about the landscape is descriptive. Thirdly it does not seem that there is a moral takeaway to the story, or at least little in the way of consequences. I think this may seem banal but probably true to life in many cases.I understand that the characters were incomplete and the writing a little clumsy but I would also say that the book is unique, vivid in its way and worth reading. Bridges certainly does not rise to the literary level of say A River Runs Through It, but some of the imagery was similar. I would rate The Bridges of Madison County at 3 1/2 stars.

  • Dora Santos Marques
    2019-01-29 08:56

    Ainda mais delicioso que o filme :)