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The Longest Ride Paperback – February 24, 2015
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With over 100 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include fourteen #1 New York Times bestsellers, and all of his books, including Three Weeks with My Brother, the memoir he wrote with his brother, Micah, have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and were translated into more than fifty languages. Eleven of Nicholas Sparks's novels--The Choice, The Longest Ride, The Best of Me, Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and Message in a Bottle--have been adapted into major motion pictures.
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If you liked the movie, you will like this. Usually, I am the book first person and whine a great deal how the movie didn't really cut it. For the most part, I'd count the book and movie on the same level.
That being said, although it is certainly mired in the romantic genre with all the communication issues, it is sweet enough to deserve a read. Oddly enough, I thought the movie was more true in its handling of the Ira and Ruth backstory and the current Ira situation than the book was.
Still decent and worth a read. Amazing literature. Nope. But still very much OK>
However, when I saw the title of this new book and the design of the cover, I instantly decided I had to give this book a try. I didn’t know at first, what had attracted my attention and what gave me this instant determination to read it. Now that I have read it, all I can tell you is that this beautiful and authentic novel is a must read! it’s so powerful, warm, it does reach to your heart anxiously and you become so attached to the characters. It does have this impact force and I know with certainty that I will be reading this novel again. It is tough, I cried many times but it’s so worth it. It made me wonder if that kind of love really exist and I found telling myself that I wouldn’t have mind a strong love and a marriage like that. Also, one of Nicholas Sparks’s talents is his ability to provide you with this real, ordinary life situations with a sense of beauty, even magical in a way that makes it easy to identify yourself with the story. Tragedy is presented with a sense of hope and meaning, especially in the case of Ira.
As I am sure you have read the plot, it’s the story of 2 couples ( Ira and Ruth, Luke and Sophia) at different stages of their lives, one ending and one beginning that is simultaneously described individually. Later on, their stories become merged unexpectedly. The novel is not predictable. Even though I was a little paranoid with Luke’s outcome, all I can tell you is that he made it. Ira’s legacy and unending love to his wife becomes a blessing and a life message to Luke.
There is a recurrent message all along the novel that reflects the title:
“we shared the longest ride together, this thing called life, and mine has been filled with joy because of you.”
Sparks, Nicholas (2013-09-17). The Longest Ride (p. 78). Grand Central Publishing. Kindle Edition.
The title not only reflects one of the major message of the book but is intrinsically linked to Luke’s lifestyle (riding bulls career).
Luke’s fate reminded me at times of “Me Before You” novel by Jojo Moyes and “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz. His inability to escape his destiny.
Ira’s attachment to his paintings as the last vestige of his wife’s love, reminded me of “The Girl You Left Behind” novel by Jojo Moyes. How art becomes part of us and becomes this sort of testament that gives meaning to our life and gives us strength to carry on.
Favorite quote: “Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand,”
Sparks, Nicholas (2013-09-17). The Longest Ride (p. 377). Grand Central Publishing. Kindle Edition.
I think this is probably the worst book that I've read by Nicholas Sparks. It drags on and on. There are some errors in it that will at least perk your attention.
I know I've read this plot before, it seems years ago. It was a very familiar story.
A friend suggested I read it but I just found it to be too much of a yawner, especially Ira's story. It was too dragged out. Of course, the city girl/country boy theme is so overdone that it's hard to get into a book with that plot.
Usually Sparks writes engagingly enough that the predictable endings aren't so bad, but this book seems like it was rushed.