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Love Story Paperback – 1 Jun 1986
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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)
Heartbreaking classic that has sold well over 21 million copies now in a stunning new Valentine's edition.See all Product description
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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.
*DISCLAIMER* If you do not like the idea of a book quite simply about Love, not sex, not politics, not society as whole or any other topic, do not get this book! It is a book about love, but it is not, I repeat NOT, in any sense trashy. Reading it as a male reader from a male narrative I found it touching and informed, whereas a trashy novel would leave me annoyed if not a little ill.
It is highly sentimental, but what do you expect when the book is written with a narrator who is in love with the main character?
I must now stop this review before I make it an essay, a good book with an excellent narrative, if not a little of an over used topic, to add to your collection.
I liked Oliver in "Love Story" but I fell in love with him in "Oliver's Story". He became a much more real character and someone you would want to know. Although, as I said before, I never liked Jenny all that much, I thought, at first, that it was too soon for Oliver to be involved with someone else. But as I started reading about his encounter and subsequent relationship with Marcie I was more understanding. I actually liked Marcie in the beginning. Oliver needed someone who was different in personality, looks and background from Jenny. The later revelation about Marcie did not shock me a bit: I expected it. How could have I expected it if I liked Marcie? Explanation: Marcie's and Oliver's relationship was doomed from the beginning. Even if Marcie turned out to be wonderful, Oliver could not have ended up with her. For one, he needed a transitional other. Also, he needed to realize that he could not recreate with anyone what he and Jenny shared and never have the same kind of love again. Oliver's disillusionment with Marcie was always foreshadowed because there is only one person for Oliver who can never lose his love and respect: Jenny. The fact that Oliver found out something murky about Marcie is almost symbolic because he did not have to find something horrible about her to realize that Marcie or any other woman would never measure up to Jenny.
This book's ending made me cry the way in which "Love Story's" ending never could although it seems to be the sadder of the two. "Oliver's Story" brings home the sad truth with which "Love Story" ended: Jenny was Oliver's destiny and with her death he has no destiny. Jenny and Oliver had the perfect love, not that it was smooth or extremely romantic, but that they loved and were loved completely. Oliver will not be able to love anyone else completely and, since the mystery of life lies in love, this is the greatest tragedy of all. If Segal chose to have a happy ending for Oliver, it would have cheapen his story. It would have been the easy way out. This ending is still hopeful because Oliver, for however briefly, had the love of his life which enabled him to improve his life and himself. For in "Oliver's Story", Oliver is a better person than he was in "Love Story" and that is not all due to the author's improved writing talents.
"Oliver's Story" managed to recreate Jenny in the reader's mind as the ideal for Oliver. This was not evident in "Love Story" and that is why I recommend to everyone to read "Oliver's Story" first. In fact, by itself, it is a tramendous book. "Oliver's Story" goes deeper into the soul of Oliver and helps him come to terms with a grim but true reality which brings tears to readers' eyes. An amazing effort!
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