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Love Story Paperback – 1 Jun 1986

4.4 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 133 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780340125083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340125083
  • ASIN: 034012508X
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 1.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 818,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A lump forms in the throat and starts growing until it feels like a football coming up sideways. You either fight it or let it out (New York Times)

We loved it and we think you'll love it too (Sun)

Beautifully written . . . profoundly moving (Sunday Express)

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Heartbreaking classic that has sold well over 21 million copies now in a stunning new Valentine's edition.

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By A Customer on 28 Feb. 1999
Format: Paperback
This is one of the rare books that captivte all audiences. I'm 14 and this is the best book I have ever read. The characters are vivd and the plot simple enough for anyone to understand. I would reccomend this book to anyone who is a sucker for tear-jerkers. I have to admit, though, that I did see the movie first; but this book takes the cake---hands down for a book that deserves to be made into a movie!!! Although the book is much more detailed, Ali and Ryan portray Jenni and Oliver better than anyone could. In concusion, this book in my opinion, even though it isn't exactly a classic, is the best in my book!!! (LOL)
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The book is very short, less than 25,000 words. The beginning of each chapter wastes half a page, as in the text starts half way down. The end of each chapter wastes usually half a page or more. The text is quite big, like a children's book and as you can imagine the book would look even smaller if they used normal sized text. The book is padded out at the end (I see this a lot when the author is American) with information about his other books.

It's written in first-person and from the man's point of view which results in it reading less like a story and more like... I don't know what, but it isn't good. This is made worse by the narrator often switching from past-tense to present-tense. It kept throwing me out of the story.

It has bad language.

It improves towards the end of the story (only slightly) but unfortunately it's too late by then and, that's when the story becomes sad.
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Why a four? Well I did want to give it a three, This is a predictable book, the story line is not "out there", it only exploits the emotions of happiness and sadness, because of it's theme and characters it is in no sense broad. *STILL*, it may not be the best book of all time, but I do intend to read it again, and I can feel it growing on me right now. The more I think about it, the more I like the depth and practicality of it, and the more I can say to praise this book. It is not broad but the theme it concentrates on is well explored and very well explained. I felt sorry for the characters at the right times and I was actually involved in the story, possibly helped by the first person narrative. It is in no way a dull read, the event are displayed in a chronological timeline, which is not always clear being at completally different paces in the relationship, but this helps with the emotion of being caught up in emotions. Importantly I liked the characters as people, as in actualy liked them, and could see why they would fall in love with one another.
Having read about complaints about the narrative of this I would have to disagree, this is not a book about the life you lead with the person you love or the people around you, this is about the love you feel for the love of you life. The entire narrative is base on emotions concerning love, be it between lovers or family (with reference to class, these are brief, non the less important) rather than descriptions of place or character. Being only 127 pages long the size of the book and the power of it's content is superb, I have read it now in one sitting of about two hours and did not get bored.
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The story of Oliver and Jenny, expressing so clearly the joy and pain of true love. I first read this book 25 years ago, in my early teens, and I still weep for Oliver's pain and loss. Erich Segal never uses an unnecessary word, the book is so tightly written it you can become part of the world of the characters, even though the setting itelf may be alien to your own experience. It is a wonderful book.
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By A Customer on 21 May 1998
Format: Paperback
This book shows what "love" really means. Two people who were SO opposite can really click that way. As a 15 year old girl, my mother recommended this book to me, and I know I will be eternaly greatful. This book has changed the way I look at romance novels.
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Very well written dialogue is excellent. Just one story without intrigue, plain and simple. Very annoyed book expensive for only 150 pages.his other books are much longer for the same price. Will complain
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By A Customer on 8 Oct. 1997
Format: Paperback
For such a thin little book, Love Story really packs a punch. I have probably read it 12 times, and it never fails to stir up so many emotions. I forced my non-reader husband to pick it up, and he is really getting into. Only, I wish he would hurry because I want it again.
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I think that Love Story says a lot. Anyone can love no matter what,even if you are different worlds. It is a book that people who are cynical towrds love should read.
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