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What can I say about "The Notebook?" The first book I ever read by Nicholas Sparks was great, "A Walk to Remember." I was hesitant when going to read this book due to the title; I was curious, wondering what could possibly be interesting about a particular notebook. I was pleasantly satisfied, although not surprised, Nicholas is a wonderful author who writes everything so beautifully that I was sure this one would be just as good. I've now read "The Notebook" several times. Passed it on to my mother and grandmother and read it myself over again. It's a wonderful story and has a beautiful meaning. If all love could be so strong and all relationships so caring and respectful, the world would be a better place. I spent moments on the verge of tears and time in realms of laughter thoughout the story. Mixed emotions were constantly surging through my mind and heart and of course, yes, I cried...and cried some more. But in my opinion, if a book can make me laugh or cry (or both) or feel some sort of deep emotion, it's a good book. Sparks definitley created that! I highly recommend this book, as you might already have guessed. It's one you'll read, over and over, and one you'll share with the best at heart. If you're skeptical and wanting to give this book a try, do so. I know you'll be happy you did. You'll gain a new perspective on love and life. It's not just a romance novel, it's simply put "life-altering"...if you don't appriciate now, you will. I too, of course, purchased the film when it was made and while it was very good and portrayed the book nicely; the book was much better and the movie will never give it the correct justice. Hopefully you'll gain as much love for this book that I have and maybe you will end up adding it to your list of favorites. Enjoy!
For anyone dealing with a loved one with Alzheimer's diseae, this book is tenderly insightful and impactful. It is, however, for the most part a fine love story, compelling alone in that regard. It isn't until about the last chapter that the deeply emotional impact hits, so it's not a "depressing" read. I also appreciated the shorter length of the book, very readable in a few days. The hardback edition I read was a handy size, with print large enough for ease on the eyes. Reading this helped me experience what my father must have gone through with my mother, helping me appreciate his strength all the more. The writing is simple and straightforward, yet engaging. GOOD book.
I don't understand how to "Review" the title of the book.
In this case I think the movie was actually better than the book. There is almost nothing in the book about their youth and them taking time to fall in love. In the book their eyes meet and they are in love and then it's 14 years later. The movie expanded on many elements that enhanced the original story which is unusual. The book is still a very good story it's just that the movie made a better love story.
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While looking for examples online of query letters, I came upon Nicholas Sparks' own website dedicated to writing and helping newbie writers with getting started in publication. His analysis of how his idea for a novel came to be the reality that it is, as a published work and, subsequently, the film based on his novel, completely intrigued me. So, I had to purchase the book and compare it to the movie as well. "The Notebook" is a quiet, charming, sweet romance seen through the eyes of the hero, Noah Calhoun. I like to call it a novella because it is short. But it is a compelling page-turner. It takes place over the period of two separate days in two different timespans in the life of a couple who fell in love as teenagers one summer, then went their separate ways. It is a solid story of hope and longing, of dreams versus reality, written in the uncomplicated style of a bygone era. It is funny and heartwrenching and has plenty of twists that will satisfy both the romantic and the hardened mega-reader. A must to keep, not just to have, in one's collection. Just don't rent the movie -- it made too many changes and completely lost the focus of the novel. A pity, since "The Notebook", the novel, is a gem.
THe book is better than the movie
I have read Nicholas Sparks' The Notebook, I only have good things 2 say about the novel. Sadly, the elements that made the book special did not survive the transition to the screen. It turns out that Allie is suffering from dementia, so, to stir her memories, Noah reads from a notebook that recounts their tumultuous, improbable romance. They met as teenagers in pre-WWII America. For Noah, it was love at first sight, but it took him a while to convince Allie. Almost immediately, the disparity of their social classes became an issue - she came from money and he was a laborer. The disapproval of Allie's mother led to their break-up. But fate brought them together after the war, and before Allie married her soldier beau.