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A Thousand Country Roads

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At last, the rest of the story

Epilogue: A concluding part added to a literary work.

Ten years and twelve million copies after the first printing of The Bridges of Madison County, Robert James Waller brings to a poignant conclusion his story of the love affair between a wandering photographer and the conventional wife of an Iowa farmer.

In A Thousand Country Roads, Robert
Hardcover, 181 pages
Published April 23rd 2002 by John M. Hardy (first published 2002)
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Nov 08, 2009 Graceann rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Bridges of Madison County Fans
I am one of the people who adored BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, both book and film, and am not ashamed to say so. Many years after reading the first lyrical novel, I remember staying up all night to finish it and how I sobbed over the love of Francesca and Robert. I did then wonder what happened to Robert in those "missing years," and filled in the blanks with my own imagination. Robert James Waller topped me, of course.

The author indicates in his preface that this book will not likely stand on it
Dec 08, 2012 Pollopicu rated it liked it
May contain spoilers.

I didn't know where this book was heading at the beginning. At first I wondered if I was even reading the epilogue to Bridges.

I remember I once went to a performance by Dave Brubeck, the recently deceased famed jazz musician. Dave was wrapping up a wonderful show when he asked the audience if we had any special requests, and of course, having not yet heard him play Take-5, we all echoed take-5. But Dave asked if instead we wouldn't prefer to listen to Laura, but we were like
Jan 04, 2009 Dawn rated it liked it
This was a quick read, but I never became too involved in the story. I thought The Bridges of Madison County was much better. I would have been happy with the way that book ended. I really didn't need to read this "Epilogue".
Mar 15, 2014 Gina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The irony that I wrote the review and it vanished as I tried to set the date read is not lost here as I think of the time I wasted when I could have been listening to something more interesting. I'm a huge fan of Bridges of Madison County, so when I saw this was an epilogue to it, I wanted to hear more. I was wrong. Actually, the description is just wrong. Yes, the main character is Robert Kincaid who fell in love with Francesca Johnson, but this story never needed to be told. It was boring, the ...more
Mar 09, 2015 Tina rated it really liked it
Shelves: histoire-d-amour
This is somewhat gut wrenching.
I suppose from their beautiful story, we already knew that they never saw each other again, but it is so frustrating that they should miss each other only by a few minutes, it seems so cruel.
I liked Carlisle's story. It was nice for Robert Kinkaid to find more than less at the end of his days, despite the brevity and sadness.
It was a thoughtful story, as in pensive and though I enjoyed it, it didn't move me in the same way as the first.
Aug 21, 2013 Cindy rated it did not like it
I was disappointed in what was supposedly the sequel to 'The Bridges of Madison County' as it barely mentioned Francesca except for Robert's memories, and introduced new characters into the story that were never a part of the original and had them take over almost cheapening the relationship between Robert and Francesca that I was so interested in when I picked up the book. I hate when a story has characters just missing each other in time and's so frustrating! Plus, the author portra ...more
Rebecca McNutt
I don't think this one was as good as The Bridges of Madison County, but it does tie up any loose ends from the first novel so it was still worth reading.
Dec 07, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing
An epilogue to The Bridges of Madison County. Loved it. Like Bridges of Madison County, I love to reread it every now and then. Love Robert James Waller's work.
Feb 06, 2014 Makii rated it liked it
"Los cuandos y los dondes habían logrado formar una vaga hipótesis. Una coincidencia, si. Tal vez. Pero si la coincidencia fuera siempre apartada por ser poco probable, ¿Que haríamos con la mayor parte de la vida, la dejaríamos allí arreglándoselas sola? La elegancia de lo casual esta por todas partes, y el solo hecho de vivir es poco probable, pensó.
Y en alguna parte, en los talleres de Quién o Que, bajo un designio superior, las casualidades y los grandes destinos son inseparables, son lugare
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Oh, sniff, sniff, blubber, sob! That darn Waller always nails me! I tell myself he's such a sappy romantic and I'm far too old and jaded for that, but then he always gets me in the end.

This is the second book in a trilogy. Somehow I read the first and third and missed this one. Not life changing, but he sure knows how to tell a sweet story. Robert Kincaid is like the Marlboro Man minus the macho posturing.
Natalie Shawver
Dec 07, 2014 Natalie Shawver rated it really liked it
When I read the Bridges of Madison County, I had no idea there was an epilogue to the story. I remember always wondering what happened to both Robert Kincaid and Francesca Johnson, and thankfully, A Thousand Country Roads provided insight into the rest of their lives. Focusing mostly on Robert Kincaid and his travels, this part II was intriguing, but definitely not the page turner that the first was. I loved the deep dive into Robert and getting to hear this thoughts on his endless love for Fran ...more
Mar 14, 2012 Liz rated it liked it
Good book. It was nice to finally know what happened. Sad though. Surprising. Interesting reading a love story from a male perspective. Not as satisfying as a female perspective for me but interesting and thought-provoking nonetheless. Definitely recommend for fans of The Bridges of Madison County.
Theresa Stevens
May 16, 2014 Theresa Stevens rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-read
This is an epilogue to 'The Bridges of Madison County'.....
The story gives closure to the principle characters Francesca and Robert of 'Bridges'..
a searching that crosses paths that fail to connect, but a moving on of life of grown-up children and grandchildren for Francesca and still poignant memories of the past.
As for Robert Kincaid, well his life story was not so black and white as the negatives of his photography. But, it highlighted the past, present and future roads that he took with lots
Ally Shields
May 06, 2012 Ally Shields rated it it was ok
I am one of those who loved Bridges of Madison County. Maybe I'm influenced by living only a few miles from the setting, but I enjoyed both the book and the movie. Having said that, this self-labeled epilogue is wordy and lacks the charm of its predecessor. I rate this one a pass.
Sue Webber
Feb 09, 2015 Sue Webber rated it liked it
Not entirely sure how I feel about this, part of me says the author should have left well alone, then part of me says great we get some closure on the characters. But a big part of me is feeling a little sad because the romantic in me didn't get the happy ending I was hoping for. But then life can be like that sometimes, chances missed and moments lost. What I do like about his way of writing though is that he makes it seem as if it's all real and not a work of fiction at all. I remember Googlin ...more
Jan 21, 2016 DMREAnne rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, romance
A Thousand Country Roads is an epilogue to The Bridges of Madison County. In my opinion, it wouldn’t stand alone, but should only be read if one has read The Bridges of Madison County, loved it, and are so captivated by the characters that you would like to know more about the story of their lives. Will you feel better about the emotional happiness of the characters after reading the book? I didn’t. I thought this book was just a bit too much. Too many almosts and what ifs, too many coincidences ...more
Oct 25, 2015 Alonsita rated it liked it
Shelves: finished-reading
Nastavak, tj. epilog knjige "Mostovi okruga Madison", pisan na zahtjev čitatelja.
U ovoj knjizi saznajemo neke detalje o samim glavnim likovima, o njihovim životima prije i poslije susreta.
Za očekivati je da ova knjiga nije pisana na način da oduševi čitatelja kao što je to učinila njena prethodnica. Ova je knjiga više pisana da zadovolji želju čitatelja, ne da nadmaši prethodnicu svojim sadržajem, što je autor uspješno i postigao. Poželjno je da pročitate i ovu knjigu, obzirom da sadrži neke zan
Mary Ann
Dec 08, 2008 Mary Ann rated it it was ok
I was disappointed by the sequel. I wanted more
Brian Sweany
Aug 13, 2012 Brian Sweany rated it did not like it
Maybe I'm being a little harsh. Maybe the fact that I had read Ian McEwan's ATONEMENT prior to picking up a copy of A THOUSAND COUNTRY ROADS negatively influenced my opinion of the book. Like it or not, however, when an author like McEwan transports a reader in a way he hasn't been transported by fiction in the last 10 years, you tend to raise the bar for everyone else.

Waller has been and always will be a cheesy writer. His over-the-top, hypersentimental prose reads like a bad Hallmark card tha
Aug 01, 2012 Dan rated it really liked it
On one of my infrequent trips back to the US in the early 1990's for a friend's wedding, I stayed with my friend Alexandra in Chicago for a few days. Back in college she promised to always have pesto in the fridge for me if I should come to visit, and I promised something I can't remember - maybe matzo ball soup. Even if my memory is dim, her's was not, and she was true to her word. One day she handed me a book she said I had to read, The Bridges of Madison County. She said that one of the main ...more
Julie McSorley
Jul 13, 2016 Julie McSorley rated it it was amazing
Because I so loved the prequel, The Bridges of Madison County, I was interested in how Waller could extend the story without killing it. And he could have, so easily, but he didn't. He didn't fall into the trap of a happy ending with man and woman reuniting. He kept the same deft touch, which is the strength of his storytelling. In this way he left the heart of the story, four days of a balmy summer back in the sixties, as something complete. It's a poignantly sad read, that left me thinking on ...more
Nov 14, 2014 Chuck rated it really liked it
A follow up to Bridges of Madison County. If you enjoyed "Bridges", it is fun to follow up on the melancholy and unselfish values of the "flower children" of years past. Since that age was mine, I found it fascinating, but if you have no ties to the days of Woodstock, burning of draft cards, Kent State [my alma mater], Viet Nam, Watergate and values that are now archaic, skip the book. It will appear sappy, sentimental and overemotional. But if the names of Francesca and Rober Kincaid stir some ...more
Brenda Hancock
Mar 26, 2016 Brenda Hancock rated it really liked it
So realistic a novel that I had to research to determine that it was not about real people. Although Bridges of Madison County wrapped things up at the end, this book adds extra substance to both characters. Waller's use of the "almost" encounters intensified my desire to make the ending of the first book not REALLY be the ending. Love the descriptions of Kinkaid's eye for light and the framing of photos.
Juan Nieto Cano
Oct 19, 2015 Juan Nieto Cano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha gustado mucho. Es un libro que se puede leer de una sola vez, muy ameno. Aunque me gustó más la primera parte, Los puentes de Madison County, ya aquí nos relata una hermosa historia de amor, y en la segunda parte se centra en qué fue de la vida de sus protagonistas después de esos cuatro días que pasaron juntos, por lo que esa magia que tiene la primera parte prácticamente se pierde en esta, aunque también tiene sus sorpresas y sus momentos emotivos.
Sep 14, 2010 Shonda rated it liked it
Well, as a Bridges of Madison Couny lover I did and do often wonder what happened after...well, this book is the answer. While it wasn't at all what I expected or envisioned it was decent nonetheless. I of course would have made the fairytale ending and that would've been that, but that is obviously why I am a reader, not a writer. It had some slow moving parts because Waller is a little too poetic for me at times but for the most part it sure did answer the questions. I liked the idea of this b ...more
Nov 02, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it
This book is a sequel to The Bridges of Madison County. Just when you think your heart-strings are mended...

I believe that everyone remembers a lost love and dreams of what-if. Amazing.

This is a sequel that actually delivers. Beautifully written.
Scherry Siganporia
Aug 01, 2011 Scherry Siganporia rated it it was amazing
Readers! Lovers of Bridges of Madison County...there is a hidden sequel to the book...and I am sure this made you jump! :) For all those who have yet to read this one..make sure you do!! Its just marvelous, touching again...telling us more about the love between Francesca and Robert...It leaves me with a sense of completeness..this epilogue, not because Robert and Francesca can be one (I know all of us want that when we read book one!) but its about how each lives now without the other...Tears a ...more
Barbara Ab
Feb 22, 2015 Barbara Ab rated it liked it
A nice light reading short novel for the epilogue to the book on which the famous movie “The bridges of Madison county” was based. I confess that I have not read the main book and I could have not read this one without any regret because somehow in my opinion it does not add anything to the story, but I am not a lover of romance novels.
Kat Lopez
I have mixed feelings about this book and to be honest I am quite unsure whether reading this was a good idea after all, most specially being a follower of Bridges of Madison County. This novel picks up more on Roberts' life than Francesca's. Although my curiosity got the better of me, my desire to know what happened with their lives during all those years apart drove me to venture in to reading this book. In some ways, I was a bit dissapointed that not much went on in terms of trying to find ea ...more
Feb 21, 2012 Lynai rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-a-copy
After reading The Bridges of Madison County last year, I resolved to read its sequel, A Thousand Country Roads, as soon as possible. Finding a copy is not difficult, in fact I was able to buy A Thousand Country Roads first before Bridges. I cannot begin to say how much I cried over the love story of Robert and Francesca in Bridges, and I carried this same emotional feeling when I started to read A Thousand Country Roads. Although this book has not made me cry as much as I did with its prequel, s ...more
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Robert James Waller is an American author also known for his work as a photographer and musician. Several of his books have been on the New York Times bestseller list including 1992's The Bridges of Madison County, which was the top best-seller in 1993. Both that novel and his 1995 novel, Puerto Vallarta Squeeze, have been made into motion pictures. Waller currently resides in Texas.
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