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The Notebook Paperback – 5 Feb 1998
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A man with a faded, well-worn notebook open in his lap. A woman experiencing a morning ritual she doesn't understand. Until he begins to read to her.
Set amid the austere beauty of the North Carolina coast, The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner recently returned from the Second World War. Noah is restoring a plantation home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier, a girl he loved like no other. Unable to find her, yet unwilling to forget the summer they spent together, Noah is content to live with only memories...until she unexpectedly returns to his town to see him once again.
Like a puzzle within a puzzle, the story of Noah and Allie is just the beginning. As it unfolds, their tale miraculously becomes something different, with much higher stakes. The result is a deeply moving portrait of love itself, the tender moments and the fundamental changes that affect us all. It is a story of miracles and emotions that will stay with you forever.
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The novel opens with Noah, an old man, reading to a woman, Allie, in a nursing home. He is reading a love story. As the story unfolds you find out more about both past and present.
It's a beautiful story that you won't be able to put down. Highly recommended it!
So I thought this book was very well written, easy to follow and very moving . I found it very difficult to put down from the start. In a way I also found it a bit inspirational, as it shows us that we need to follow our hearts no matter what the circumstances are, no matter what your background is or what part of society you are in either rich or poor, the only thing that matters is what's in the inside of you.
I would highly recommend this book . I would also recommend you have some tissues near by
I've seen the film and read the book and both are as good as each other in their own way. I personally found the book version better - but then I normally do! There is nothing better than your own imagination.
Now don't get me wrong this story is quite beautiful, it's warming and touching but it's written in a very simplistic manner. It has moments that make you want to gag because of the way at times it's over-romanticised. If you can look past the sickly sentimentality and the simplistic writing you might be able to appreciate this for what it could have been - a lovely romance.
I loved the ending - for me that was the best part of the whole book. It was sweet and whether we admit it or not is what we are all hoping for, that there will always be someone there for us even when we aren't who we once were.
I couldn't really connect with the characters. They were what I felt as very unemotional and unattached - which for people who are supposedly "connected" makes no sense. I couldn't feel their love and when you read a romance that is what is supposed to happen, right? You are supposed to be able to believe two people are very much in love and happy. I think personally you'd have an easier job of envisaging the two main characters as brother and sister, which if you read the book is more of a "WOAH! Hold it!" than a soppy, sickly romance!
This was a classic romance, I admit a soppy one, but nevertheless just a romance about a boy who meets a girl whom fell in love and got torn apart.
I hope anybody I know doesn't read this because I might end up being sectioned. I'm not the most romantic of people. I'd bitch slap you before I considered kissing you.
The story is about an elderly man, known as 'Duke,' who is reading parts of a notebook to an elderly woman, called Allie. He recounts the story of his past. At nineteen, young Noah Calhoun falls for seventeen year old Allie Nelson. They embark on a summer romance, but Allie's well to do family are against the match, since Noah isn't of her class, in other words, poor. They break up and lead separate lives. Noah joins his country, and fights in the Second World War, and Allie becomes involved with a lawyer called Lon Hamilton.
When Noah returns, he has a relationship with a local widow, but she realises he's still mourning the loss of his first love. 14 years after their last time together, Noah and Allie see each other again. He hopes they can rekindle their love. However, Allie is upset that Noah hadn't tried to make contact during their separation, but is taken aback when he claims he'd written to her every day but had no replies. She later realises her mother kept the letters from her, but she returns them to Allie. As Allie reads them, she realises she still loves Noah, but isn't sure what to do about Lon.
We then learn that 'Duke' is in fact the elderly Noah Calhoun, and the woman, Allie, is in fact his wife. However, she has Alzheimer's, and doesn't know who he is. But there are times when her memory returns, and she can recall the events he reads to her. She is happy she chose Noah, but despite his care of his wife, Noah is also unwell.
The story is beautifully written, and is really heartfelt.
I have also seen the film, and love both.
The film was recommended to me by my daughter some years ago. I watched it with my fiancé on a Friday evening ( always a special time for us). We were incredibly moved by the story; in fact it allowed us to compare the intensity of our relationship with that of Allie and Noah.
We had a tearful discussion about the enduring love affair they shared and we realised that our relationship although different, is as amazing.
I felt compelled to read the book, although the films screenwriters had adapted some aspects of the storyline I wasn't left with a sense of disappointment that both renditions didn't totally replicate each other.
The biggest message for me from both the film and the book is that if you're one of the lucky ones (having found your one true love), treasure everything that you have with that special person. Life is short, too short in fact when spent in the company of someone you share that kind of love with. One lifetime is simply not enough.
Many of us spend our lives trying to get "there" perhaps not realising in the urgency of their journey that they had arrived at their destination they didn't know it.
Jayne, thank you for being my "there" X
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