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The Notebook [Paperback]

Nicholas Sparks
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Book Description

5 Feb 1998
A story in an old notebook is read to an elderly woman by a sad stranger. It is the story of Noah and Allie, who fell in love but were kept apart for many years. As the stranger reads, it becomes clear that he is engaged in a desperate struggle to reach the woman who no longer remembers her past.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group); New edition edition (5 Feb 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553504894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553504897
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 583,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With over eighty-five million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include twelve No. 1 New York Times bestsellers. All Nicholas Sparks' books have been international bestsellers and have been translated into more than forty languages. Nine of his novels have been adapted into major films: The Best of Me, Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember and The Notebook.

Nicholas Sparks lives in North Carolina with his wife and family. You can visit him and sign up for the Nicholas Sparks eNewsletter at www.uk.nicholassparks.com, and follow him on Twitter: @NicholasSparks.

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"Somewhere," muses Noah Calhoun, while sitting on his porch in the moonight, "there were people making love." Anyway, head elsewhere for Great Literature, but if you're in the market to get your heartstrings plucked, look no further. The Notebook, a Southern-fried story of love-lost-and-found-again, revolves around a single time-honored romantic dilemma: will beautiful Allison Nelson stay with Mr. Respectability (to whom she happens to be engaged), or will she hook up with Noah, the romantic rascal she left so many years ago? We're not telling, but you have two guesses and the first one doesn't count. Decades later, after Allison develops Alzheimer's, her beau uses "the notebook" to read her the story of the great love she's plumb forgot. The Notebook--film rights already sold, thank you very much--is a little glazed doughnut of a book: sticky- sweet, satisfying, not much nourishment. But who cares? Take an extra vitamin and indulge. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'Achingly moving and will have you weeping for the joy and tragedy of it
all' -- Daily Mail --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A love story for all romantics... 25 Aug 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Actually, forget my title- this story isn't merely suitable for romantics alone- its for everyone. I cannot stress enough how utterly heart-wrenching this book is. Nicholas Sparks cunningly lures you into a deep and intense love, shared by two adorable characters whom are bought to life so well!
The Notebook is a fantastic love story- compelling and irrisistable. The love between Noah and Allie is both real and inpenetrable. Makes one think.... *sigh*...
What is more, with many great books- the ending can sometimes prove to be a let-down- however, Sparks concludes this novel with a wholly satisfying ending, leaving your heart (which- throughout the novel as been broken and mended numerous times) contented.
Read this book.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Notebook 7 Nov 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Nicholas Sparks' The Notebook was recommended to me by many readers who were familiar with his work. Apparently, this novel is one of Spark's best works, and referred to by many avid readers. As a first time reader of this novel, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Most novels don't strike me with great "UMPH" and candor as to inspire me to read more or even read more works by the same author, but Sparks has put a standing mark on my search for books to read. So if you're in the mood for a great love story full of romance, laughter, and suspense; then this is the book for you! In the relationship between a handsome young man by the name of Noah Calhoun and a fun-loving, beautiful girl named Allie Nelson, you find out whether love is able to override disappointments and consequences in their life. Sparks is able to take an entire lifetime and mold it into a masterpiece, but will this masterpiece include the common notion of love conquering all? Decisions can affect one for a lifetime, and if Allie is faced with a gut-wrenching decision, will love really be able to intervene and choose before logic? This novel honestly touched my heart with its fairy-tale like love that will be remembered for a lifetime.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 18 July 2006
Format:Paperback
This is the first book I have read by Nickolas Sparks and it was just beautiful. Not many romance novels can live up to this one. I just think it was quite heart warming and the story of Noah's and Allie's love will remain with me forever.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever In Love 26 Aug 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The Notebook tells you the meaning of true love. I read this book after i've finished Message In A Bottle, and I found that they are the best novels i've ever read. Once you begin the first chapter you will be attached to the story, you can never put it down. There is an endless love between Allie and Noah, and we are told that true love always stays. Might sound strange but I couldn't help staring at the book when I finished the last page, recalling every beautiful word Sparks has given to the brilliant story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Irresistibly romantic 7 Jun 2006
Format:Paperback
A book which has been written beautifully and romantic it is about a love that is lost and found again. The characters are vivid and real, and you the reader are lifted into their world. I do suggest that the tissues are handy as it had me in tears. If you have a love of poetry, you will enjoy this book
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stopped in my tracks 24 Oct 2002
Format:Paperback
This book literally stopped me in my tracks. the initial impression is one of a kind man taking time out to read to an elderly lady from a worn notebook. as the story switches from the man's daily ritual of reading the notebook to the actual contents of the notebook, each element is equally engaging. the most thought provoking element of the story is the emotion contained in the notebook's story of love overcoming obstacles. i found myself dwelling on the fact that there is a real danger of us falling into the trap of thinking that the only type of love and romance is the young, flighty, giddy type; as opposed to the enduring and 'come what may' type as is recounted in this story. the love which exists between two people no matter what the effect of the ravages of time. it is a story of warmth, which i could not leave down even as the tears trickled down my cheeks. a book that should be passed amongst friends until it becomes as worn as the notebook in the title.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful story 6 Nov 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When you read Nicolas Sparks - the author - you think of kitschy, romantic and unrealistic love-stories.
But in that case it is wrong, the notebook is a beautiful, passionate, wonderful and great story about endless love.
It's about that kind of love who everybody is dreaming of.

The story is about Noah and Allie, who fell in love with each other during the time they had been teenagers.
Then Allie moves away... 20 years later... just before her marriage with a popular lawyer, she cannot stop thinking of this summer 20 years ago when another boy stole her heart.
Because of that, she decides to search him and to meet him the last time before she becomes the wife of another man.
But then everything is different and she has to decide - the man who everyone wants her to marry - or her secret big love...

The story is on the one side beautiful to read and fascinating, but on the other side a little bit sad and you maybe will cry because it touches your heart so hard, but it's an experience which you will remember your whole life.
It's written in a very romantic style including lots of poetic elements and also extracts of wonderful and fitting poems.

I would give the book five stars, because I love it and wasn't able to stop reading it.
It's not unfounded a bestseller and one of the best stories which ever have existed and not only all Americans loved it, it was translated in 30 languages and published all over the world.

It's simply wonderful and from searching, finding, loosing and finding again the greatest love of all.
It gives us hope in this time, when almost every second marriages fail and people get divorced.
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