I've never really been one for Love Stories, and I avoided Erich Segal like the plague.. well I really missed out on something wonderful for a very long time. Richard Bach first showed me that a love story can be very interesting reading. Segal showed me how well it can be written. Man Woman and Child is one of the best books I have read, ever. What I loved the most was the crispness of the book. It took me about an hour to finish the book. It's been ages since I finished a book so fast. And it's a great thing, because this is one book you DON'T want to leave halfway. Sheila Beckwith is a beautifully sketched character. You can't help it, your heart goes out to her. The most striking thing is the realism. How can an author get into the minds of his characters, and be so realistic about it. I honestly didn't see the real need to bring in Dr. Gavin Wilson. If you think he was really essential to the story, please tell me why. I would have rather had Sheila not bothered by temptation, but then I am an idealist. I think this book really brings out what most men secretly believe, Fidelity. And more than that it reassures that Love really does supersede everything else. You can beat anything, as long as there's love. Great Book.. If you haven't read it yet, READ IT!