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  • Mass Market Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; Reissue edition (1 Jan 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553270907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553270907
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.2 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,621,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First-class entertainment. (Cosmopolitan)

An absorbing page-turner. (Publisher's Weekly)

Erich Segal's best. (Pittsburgh Press) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Five lives, five love stories - the dramatic portrait of a generation by the internationally bestselling author of LOVE STORY. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By Ag on 1 Jun 2014
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I am reading all Segal books again,since i am stuck at home for a while. This is such a well written book,and so readable. A great distraction,which is really what books are all about. I recommend it highly.
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It is the prequel for the Doctors from Segal but fascinating. Covers broad spectrum of developments and goings on in different circles of society.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful novel. 2 July 2000
By Eric V. Moye - Published on
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This is, in my opinion, Segal's best writing. As is his way, he weaves fiction with portions of historical fact, and realism in locale which make the reading more credible, and imminently enjoyable. It moves through conflicts and peacetime; from Cambridge to Europe and the Middle East.
It is a delightful journey of a handful of young people through their respective lives. It has unrecognized (by some, at least) and public triumph, the struggles, and uncertainties that we all have gone through. These members of the Harvard Class of 1958 start in very different places, move together in Cambridge, and then move away (and back together). The well managed story takes the fortunate reader right along with them.
In this novel, I see friends (and acquaintances) from high school, college and law school. A touching and warm book, I have read (like many other reviewers) time and time and time again.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The story of a generation, but transcends its time 28 July 1997
By A Customer - Published on
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'The Class' is an unputdownable book that tells the story of five people who are classmates at Harvard. Each of these five characters is crafted with expertise, and they are so fleshed out, so real, that you almost feel as if you know them in real life. Indeed, any college student who reads this book will find one Dany Rossi, one Jason Gilbert, one Ted Lambros and one one George Keller. And every college student will dream of being Andrew Eliot himself. In Andrew Eliot, Erich
Segal has created his greatest character yet, one he hasn't been able to match so far. The guy is so real, so well underplayed, so *human*, that he will not fail to touch us. When I read this in my senior year in college, I could feel every moment of this book. To call it a masterpiece would put it beyond reach -the book's primary attraction is that it reaches out and embraces us and tells our story through its characters.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Inspiring... A Brilliant Saga 23 Mar 2000
By Anne - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Erich Segal is truly one of the greatest novelists of all times, all of his works evoking pathos. "The Class" is no exception. Each character has a distinct personality, and the incorporation of real and fictional characters is pure genuis. This is a book I have read over and over again, and enjoyed each and every time. A wonderful, stirring read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Highly enjoyable read 1 Sep 2007
By BasinBictory - Published on
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This book chronicles the lives of five members of the Class of 1958 of Harvard University. It begins as the members of the Class enter Harvard from many parts far and wide - their first heady, promising days as freshmen in the autumn of 1954, and ends with their 25th year reunion, in June of 1983.

The book is a very enjoyable read, chronicling the fictional lives of the characters while weaving their lives into the important events of the world in the 1960's and 1970's. There is the tennis champ from Long Island, who wishes only to be 100% American, but can never be due to his Jewish heritage. There is the son of the immigrant, growing up literally in the shadow of Harvard itself, but who is too poor to afford campus housing and thus maintains an outsider status through his college years. There is the musical prodigy, who pines for the adulation of his father. There is also the immigrant from Hungary, escaping after the Soviet crackdown in 1956, and finally, the diarist, who is unremarkable in every way except that he is the latest of a very, very long line of Harvardmen. It is he whose letters intersperse the story and provide key clues into the lives of his fellow classmates from an outside perspective.

This book is a very nice read, I highly recommend it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Well worth the time! 28 April 1998
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When I was a senior in High School I took a reading course that hadn't been offered before. We were made to, "made" is such a harsh term...we were asked to read several books with The Class being one of the "optional" selections. I've treasured this book ever since. There have been so few books in my life that I've kept after I've read them once or twice. The Class is one of the exceptions. You can't help but feel like you know these characters personally. Before you start reading this book, please make sure you have a clear calendar because you will not be able to put it down. And when you read the last page, you will want to start all over again. You will be cheering for characters and crying for characters. And you will wish that you could meet someone just like one of them, just so you could proudly say you were friends.
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