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Product Details

  • Paperback: 131 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (January 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060748095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060748098
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #875,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Not just a  story--Love Story is an  experience. The reader who responds to this little book  will feel less like a reader than an unwritten  Segal character, living it all out from the inside... In this 'love story' you are not just an  observer."--Christian Science  Monitor.

"Funny, touching and  infused with wonder, as all love stories should  be."--San Francisco Examiner --Review

"Not just a  story--Love Story is an  experience. The reader who responds to this little book  will feel less like a reader than an unwritten  Segal character, living it all out from the inside... In this 'love story' you are not just an  observer."--Christian Science  Monitor.

"Funny, touching and  infused with wonder, as all love stories should  be." --San Francisco Examiner --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

From the Publisher

This is the wonderful, tumultuous, heartfelt story of Oliver Barrett IV and Jenny Cavilleri--the story of a rich Harvard jock and a wisecracking Radcliffe music major who have nothing in common but love . . . and everything else to share but time. Funny and flip, sad and poignant, Erich Segal's magnificent novel will grab you, hold you, and stay with you forever. You, like more than twenty million others, will fall in love with Love Story.

"Not just a story--Love Story is an experience. The reader who responds to this little book will feel less like a reader than an unwritten Segal character, living it all out from the inside... In this 'love story' you are not just an observer."--Christian Science Monitor.

"Funny, touching and infused with wonder, as all love stories should be."--San Francisco Examiner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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What a beautiful love story.
JMT
I enjoyed this book very much because there was so much detail that I was able to see the story in myy head like a movie.
Kurt A. Schluter
This is one of those books that you can read in a afternoon, it's short and easy to read.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am 13, and I picked this book up at my school library, having heard of it but having no idea of the plot. I read it in two days, and that's only because school (what a pesky little bugger) got in the way.
Love Story is one of the most beautiful things I have ever read. It doesn't have a lot of elaborate details; however, that doesn't diminish its charm. It is cuttingly funny, and completely absorbing. I read it on the lunch line, during lunch, during math, during science...you get the picture. The ending almost made me cry. This book is a work of art.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ratcliffe (flower_girl110@hotmail.com) on October 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
Hey, i'm only 12, but i still loved the book. It is soooo worth spending time on reading it, it makes you laugh, it makes you think about things, and it makes you cry :( You can completetly relate to any of characters even if you r only 7 years old. Erich Segal is a genius!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ohioan on October 13, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book when it came out and I didn't then and don't now understand all the hype. The story is told hastily, almost as if the author is rushing through the plot -- almost as if what he had in mind was a screenplay, and wrote a book instead. The characters aren't well-developed. The story is predictable. And, it is mawkish: sentimental in a feeble way. Feeble because the characters seem two-dimensional and the ending is not satisfying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
I love 'love story'. My first contact with this book was when I was about 8 and I saw it on my cousins book shelf. I never actually read the book, nor saw the film until the summer of 1994 when I was 15. I have now read the book so many times and the film will also be played regularly in my house. It is just the most heartrending book ever written, and has taught me a lot about how to build relationships and also how it can be the differences between two people that make them so close.
The book is so thought provoking and Erich Segal must be seen as a genius for writing this book which is a modern classic. It states so many points which are relevant to life and has so much to offer to any unassuming reader.
The catch phrase of the book, 'Love means never having to say you are sorry' is an ambigious comment. Does Segal claim that Oliver should not have hurt Jenny in the first place to have to say sorry? Or does he mean that Jenny should automatically forgive Oliver if she loves him? This thought has played on my mind severly and I have pondered over it many times and I don't quite know which of these possibilities I believe to be true.
However I do know that it is the most touching book that I have ever read, and the one which has left the biggest impression on me. Anyone who can fail to feel sadness when Jenny falls ill and eventually dies must be lacking emotion.
Throw away your copies of 'The Rules' or 'Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus' and buy 'Love Story'. For this is the most realistic book on relationships you are ever going to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 18, 1998
Format: Paperback
Erich Segal takes in a ordinary love story and adds spice to liven it up. Two characters with opposite personalities but the same love for one another plays off the plot well. I can get a feel for their strong attractions and even deep sacrifices for one another. I found the constant sarcasm between the two characters quite entertaining. This book is very much so modernized, with the two married and trying to get through college without any help from their parents. Like all love stories, this book ends with something that conclusively impacts any reader. Segal is also typical in his "love story" to end with a tragic ending. From the last three chapters, I got my own personal treat from this book. It gave me the opportunity to relate and somehow be a part of this love story also. Of course I won't tell you all the ending, but I can honestly say I really enjoyed this book. I would definitely recommend it to all readers who wants to find their own relation with the book. The life lesson it taught me was to appreciate those that I love and mostly those that are still existing before me (*hint, hint).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "crispy02grl" on October 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
I'll admit that I wasn't thrilled when, stuck at home on a Friday night, my parents put Love Story into the VCR. However, I was entralled by the movie and the book captivated me even more. Although I knew the outcome, the book was still an emotional ride for me. The phrase opposites attract is most certainly true for Oliver Barrett IV and Jenny Cavilleri. For those of you who have not been so fortunate as to have been touched by this novel, here is a brief introduction. Segal sets his usual scene on the East Coast, in particular the university grounds of Radcliffe and Harvard. Oliver is a hockey player and brilliant student with a well-known family name. He has had everything handed to him, except the approval of his father. Jenny is a Radcliffe music major who has had to struggle to make her way. The irony in the match is unbelievable, as they bantor back and forth for hours. However, neither feels complete without knowing the other is nearby. Oliver gives up his family name to be with Jenny, and she is ultimately what brings the estranged father and son close for the first time. Love Story is a phenomenal experience. The reader becomes so involved in the conflicts between family, friends, and the couple that every incident becomes personal and is taken to heart. Love Story is a tale which professes that love teaches the many lessons that professors cannot. Once a person has read this novel, he will never be able to forget how strong the grip of love has on his heart or how tragedy can lead to forgiveness. We aren't all lucky enough to be as in love as these characters were, but the novel was written in such a way that we can all feel the both elation and the pain.
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