The Bridges of Madison County

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The Bridges of Madison County
BridgesOfMadisonCounty.jpg
1st edition
Author(s)Robert James Waller
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
PublisherWarner Books, Inc.
Publication date1992
Media typePrint (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages192 pp
ISBN0-446-51652-X
OCLC Number24246926
Dewey Decimal813/.54 20
LC ClassificationPS3573.A4347 B75 1992
Followed byA Thousand Country Roads
 
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The Bridges of Madison County
BridgesOfMadisonCounty.jpg
1st edition
Author(s)Robert James Waller
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
PublisherWarner Books, Inc.
Publication date1992
Media typePrint (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages192 pp
ISBN0-446-51652-X
OCLC Number24246926
Dewey Decimal813/.54 20
LC ClassificationPS3573.A4347 B75 1992
Followed byA Thousand Country Roads

The Bridges of Madison County is a 1992 best-selling novel by Robert James Waller which tells the story of a married but lonely Italian woman, living in 1960s Madison County, Iowa, who engages in an affair with a National Geographic photographer from Bellingham, Washington who is visiting Madison County in order 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 fiction. However, the author has stated in an interview that there are strong similarities between the main character and himself.[1]

The novel is one of the bestselling books of the 20th century, with 50 million copies sold worldwide.

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Publication history

It was originally published in the UK under the title Love in Black and White.[2][3]

An epilogue entitled A Thousand Country Roads was published in 2002. It tells the remainder of the two main characters' story after their four-day affair. They never meet again, but their lives are interlocked until death.

Reception

The San Francisco Chronicle praised the novel as "lyrical..sensuous and sensitive..a tale of lasting love", while Entertainment Weekly called it "a short, poignant story, moving precisely because it has the ragged edges of reality". [4]

Other reviewers criticized the novel as sentimental slush: featuring “contrived, unrealistic dialog,” and a “trite” storyline. [5]

The book debuted on the New York Times bestseller list in August 1992, and slowly climbed to number 1 as the book [6] and remained on the list for over three years (164 consecutive weeks), through October 8, 1995.[7]

The Bridges of Madison County currently has an average of 3.1 stars on Amazon.com, indicating mixed reviews.

Film adaptation

The Bridges of Madison County was made into a 1995 film of the same name, adapted by Richard LaGravenese and directed by Clint Eastwood. It stars Eastwood and Meryl Streep.

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