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The Notebook Hardcover – October 1, 1996
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"Somewhere," muses Noah Calhoun, while sitting on his porch in the moonight, "there were people making love." The Notebook, a Southern-fried story of love-lost-and-found-again, revolves around a single time-honored romantic dilemma: will beautiful Allison Nelson stay with Mr. Respectability (to whom she happens to be engaged), or will she choose Noah, the romantic rascal she left so many years ago?
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In 1932, two North Carolina teenagers from opposite sides of the tracks fall in love. Spending one idyllic summer together in the small town of New Bern, Noah Calhoun and Allie Nelson do not meet again for 14 years. Noah has returned from WWII to restore the house of his dreams, having inherited a large sum of money. Allie, programmed by family and the "caste system of the South" to marry an ambitious, prosperous man, has become engaged to powerful attorney Lon Hammond. When she reads a newspaper story about Noah's restoration project, she shows up on his porch step, re-entering his life for two days. Will Allie leave Lon for Noah? The book's slim dimensions and cliche-ridden prose will make comparisons to The Bridges of Madison County inevitable. What renders Sparks's (Wokini: A Lakota Journey of Happiness and Self-Understanding) sentimental story somewhat distinctive are two chapters, which take place in a nursing home in the '90s, that frame the central story. The first sets the stage for the reading of the eponymous notebook, while the later one takes the characters into the land beyond happily ever after, a future rarely examined in books of this nature. Early on, Noah claims that theirs may be either a tragedy or a love story, depending on the perspective. Ultimately, the judgment is up to readers?be they cynics or romantics. For the latter, this will be a weeper. Major ad/promo; first serial to Good Housekeeping; movie rights to New Line Cinema; Warner Audio; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selections.
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In the good way, it surprised me by being different than I expected. I liked the plot and how it was paced. I liked that it was different from the movie and how the relationship between the characters was developed both in the present and in the descriptions of their original romance.
In the bad way, it bummed me out because a lot of what I think made the movie version of this story so great wasn't in this book. A lot of the magic of Noah and Allie's young romance is lost in this as it is merely told to us instead of shown. It feels like I'm being told about a story instead of being told the story.
That said, the book is worth a read. It is a good book that tells a beautiful story.
story, I don't know. I do know that it was a true to life story.....life as it really is ! I am not usually a "crier", but that story touched me
like no other story I have ever read. I have read it more than once and I bought it for my sister and before I got to the mail box with
it I read her copy over a week end. As far as I am concerned, Nicholas Sparks outdid himself on this book, so if you haven't read
it, I hope you will not waste another day....READ IT. Darlene