- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Warner Bros. (1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780446516525
- ISBN-13: 978-0446516525
- ASIN: 044651652X
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 729 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Quietly powerful and thoroughly credible, Waller's first novel (he previously wrote two books of essays) describes the profound love between a photographer and an Iowa farmer's wife who, together for only four days, never lose their feelings for each other. In August 1965, 52-year-old divorce Robert Kincaid packs his pickup truck and travels to Iowa's Madison County, the location of seven covered bridges he is to photograph for National Geographic . There, he asks directions of Francesca Johnson, alone at home while her husband and two children visit the Illinois State Fair. Initially, neither Robert nor Francesca expects their random encounter to lead to seduction, yet their mutual desire is undeniable. Waller tells their story as though it were nonfiction, claiming to have heard about Francesca from her children after her death, read her journals, seen Robert's relics of those four days and interviewed a jazz musician who knew the photographer. Scenes between the lovers are movingly evoked and moments with Francesca, who celebrates her birthday 22 years later by reflecting on her brief time with Robert, are particularly poignant. An erotic, bittersweet tale of lingering memories and forsaken possibilities. Photos of covered bridges serve as illustrations. 35,000 first printing.
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I guess everyone has his/her criteria for what makes a great Broadway show (i.e., new shows, not revivals). For me, it's about hearing melodies I haven't heard a million times before. It's also about hearing songs that indelibly capture character in a single moment. This show did exactly that for me. I know this review is supposed to address the recording alone, but as the show is still running (and probably struggling for an audience while Aladdin will be SRO for the next dozen years) I can't help throwing kudos for the spare, deeply creative staging. I know that "beautiful" is the most overused adjective in the vernacular, but The Bridges of Madison County truly is that. The songs are simply lush, and every singer, especially O'Hara and Pasquale, render them with palpable passion. The show haunted me for days, and I can't wait to have the OBC recording on CD to treasure forever along with my other favorite shows of all time.
As to the reviewer a few notches below who gave this a poor review, I'm certainly not "hating" him (or her), nor do I consider myself an expert on this composer's oeuvre, but I clearly see great worth in this musical score. My recommendation to others is: see the show, buy the music, decide for yourself.
This is a wonderful, true love story, the kind Jim and I had.
and Streep. Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale are younger and more passionate than the book/movie versions of Francesca and
Robert. Not only soaring love songs but sung monologues which give us greater insight into the characters and their past. I
even agree with the decision to enlarge the role of Francesca's down-to-earth, unromantic but loving, loyal husband. His songs
create a man who isn't as exciting as Robert but who has his own virtues. That makes her final decision easier to comprehend
and accept. I think that the 2015 Tony for Kelli O'Hara's role in The King and I, although well deserved, should have been
given to her in 2014 for Bridges of Madison County. And Steven Pasquale deserved one too, for taking a character who was so
insufferable in the book----and making him both seductive and sympathetic. There's even a wonderful song for the small role
of Robert's former wife.