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Endless Love: A Novel Paperback – August 10, 2010
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He finds perfect pitch on the first page and never lets go. -- The Atlantic --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The classic novel that has been translated into over twenty languages and has sold more than two million copies worldwide
One of the most celebrated novels of its time, Endless Love remains perhaps the most powerful book ever written about young love. Riveting, compulsively readable, and ferociously sexual, Endless Love tells the story of David Axelrod and his overwhelming love for Jade Butterfield.
David and Jade are consumed with each other: their rapport, their desire, their sexuality, take them further than they understand. And when Jade's father banishes David from the home, he fantasizes the forgiveness his rescue of the family will bring, and he sets a "perfectly safe" fire to their house. What unfolds is a nightmare, a dark world in which David's love is a crime and a disease, a world of anonymous phone calls, crazy letters, and new fears—and the inevitable and punishing pursuit of the one thing that remains most real to him: his endless love for Jade and her family.
Published in 1979 and hailed as "one of the best books of the year" by the New York Times, Endless Love is the novel that first established Scott Spencer as "the contemporary American master of the love story" (Publishers Weekly).
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David, to put it bluntly, is an obsessed stalker. Flashbacks tell how, in high school, he fell in love with Jade, the daughter of a permissive, neohippie (nowadays they would be called "new age") family. Jade's family allowed her and David to share a bed, with all that entailed, in the family household - if you grew up in the 60s and 70s you'll realize that this was definitely NOT the norm for high schoolers at that time. Jade's mother is secretly unhappy over being reminded of the passionate young romantic life she no longer has with her husband; Jade's father, who the book suggests is more traditionally disturbed by his little girl's having sex than he wants to let on, eventually bans David from Jade's bed and indeed, the whole house.Read more ›
That's not to say that we never get a sense of the young lovers' early consuming passion. We do; it's just not the story Spencer has set out to tell. (I haven't seen either of the movies adapted from this novel; in fact, it seems I finished the novel just a few days too late to catch the latest adaptation at the local theater. From what I've been able to gather online, however, both adaptations focus on the part of the story Spencer leaves us to piece together from his characters' conversations and letters and memories, which leaves me unsurprised at the bad reviews both movies got: it would seem that the screenwriters missed the point completely.) Despite the title, this isn't a love story.Read more ›
Much of the novel and of his "relationship" with Jade Butterfield is told in flashback and as a result she's never really a fully developed character; we're never quite sure how she felt about David at times, although it's safe to say at one point she may have returned his affection, and may always care for him, it's clear that it was never as intense for her as it was for David. Yet, he still clings to hope that they will be together again, even after it's obvious that Jade has moved on.Read more ›
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At times it seemed I would never finish this book, as the writing was so thick, but at the same time I also realized the prose was both beautiful, and genius. I am glad I read it. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Betts
*SPOILERS*this was a novel about obsessive love. at the start of the novel,the obsessive
young man,David,reflects back on his life (plus the past four years). Read more
So haunting. Although the film was much-lauded, it cannot compare to the heartbreaking and terrifying obsessive story in the book's pages.Published 5 months ago by Brandy the Fine Girl
A weird, weird book. Young, confused, obsessed and probably mentally deranged man pursues his girlfriend till they wind up in an unbelievably gross and extreme situation... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bookmonster