I gave up after only 47 pages, after losing interest in anything the main character had to think or say. "Michael", the main character, comes across as a self-centered, self-important, condescending, snobbish intellectual who must endure all the ordinary people who surround him. Blech!
Michael Tillman wasn't a foolish young man, rushing off in pursuit of intangible dreams. He was a down-to-earth, middle-aged, maverick economics professor who still rode a motorcycle that he'd had since he was a teenager. He also never believed in love at first sight, or at least he hadn't until he laid eyes on her...the woman of his dreams.
Her name was Jellie Braden and she was the wife of one of Michael's colleagues, someone who he met at a university in Cedar Bend, Iowa. It was actually mutual attraction at first sight between Michael and the introspective, dark-haired wife of his new colleague. It called forth feelings that just wouldn't disappear.
From the very first instant he saw her, Michael had wanted Jellie with every fiber of his being. Something deep inside had whispered, "That's the one." And Jellie Braden, in her fortieth year, had heard that voice, too.
Their feelings force these two people to come to terms with their lives in ways they hadn't imagined, and it led them both into the magical places only lovers know. But it also brought with it the pain of choices and loss. Jellie wasn't a free woman. She had secrets of her own to keep, and then one day Jellie mysteriously vanishes without an explanation.
So, a year after they met, Michael finds himself heading into the strange, exotic world of south India looking for her. He is a mature man, certain of what he wants; and he's determined to travel the world searching for Jellie to discover the secrets she was hiding and learn what he has to do to make her his...
Although this was Robert James Waller's second novel after the New York Times bestseller The Bridges of Madison County, it is the first book that I've read by this particular author. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The story was absolutely delightful in my opinion; the characters were incredibly well-developed and the story was poignant and heartwarming. I found myself really rooting for these characters, hoping that everything would work out well for them. I give this book an A+! and will certainly be looking for more from this author in the future.
This is a wonderful and different kind of romance story. The characters are so vivid, and their connections is so obvious even from the beginning. I had a hard time putting it down. Wonderful read. Not your typical love story but great none the less. I found the inclusion of India culture to be an interesting addition. I am looking forward to reading more by Mr. Waller.
Only little old ladies with blue permed hair need be wary of Waller's second foray into fiction: this time around, his saccharine tale of middle-aged lovers gets to sex scenes right away. When Michael Tillman, an Iowa economics professor with a rebel streak, first lays eyes on his colleague's wife, Jellie Branden, he immediately wonders "how it would feel to grab a big handful of her hair and bend her over the dean's kitchen table." A few pages later--still in the first chapter--he is fantasizing about stripping Jellie naked and flying to the Seychelles. Though it takes a while to consummate their passion, Jellie is an iconoclast too: like Mike, she smokes and wears jeans to faculty parties, and she is pretty good in the sex fantasy department herself. But Jellie has a Dark Secret (no surprise to the reader when it is revealed) and Michael must go tearing off to India to try to locate her when she runs away from Cedar Bend. Waller's attempt at academic satire is a dud, but he renders the Indian settings quite effectively. An encounter with a tiger is just the sort of sentimental flourish that fans of The Bridges of Madison County will get teary-eyed over; and there's even a coy reference to Robert Kincaid to evoke the earlier novel. To the main question--will this book please Waller's fans?--the answer is a resounding Yes.
I didn't think that anything could Bridges of Madison County, but Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend does. It is a wonderful book about the development and life of the relationship between a professor and his married colleagues wife. He falls in love with her and follows the love all the way to India. This book is just the right lenght, not too long but not too short.
also the author of the bridges of madison county.A year after Micheal Tillman met another man's wife at a university in Cedar Bend,Iowa,he find himself heading into srrange,exoctic world of south India looking for her.
A tastefully written about an intense love... and a man's search to the other side of the world, for the woman he knew he must find. You won't be able to lay this one down until you reach its end. HIGHLY recommended!
"It was attraction at first sight between this maverick, middle aged economics professor who still rode his beloved motorcycle from his teenage years and the introspective, dark-haired wife of a new colleague. It called forth feelings that wouldn't disappear. It forced two people to come to terms with their lives in ways they hadn't imagined and it led them both into the magical places only lovers know. But it also brought with it the pain of choices and loss."
By the aurtor Of The Bridges of Madison Coutry.A year after Michael Tillman met another man's wife at the university in Cedar Bend,Iowa,he found himself heading into the strange,exotic world of south India, looking for her.
From the author of #1 bestseller "The Bridges of Madison County" Robert James Waller now "tells another haunting, intelligent, poignant story about a once-in-a-lifetime love, the kind that changes you forever."