- Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (September 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446608955
- ISBN-13: 978-0446608954
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2,001 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I knew what I was getting myself into when I started A Walk to Remember but I still experienced every heart wrenching emotion known to mankind. Right off the bat, I love how the book was set in the 1950s. It was refreshing to read a contemporary with no trace of modern technology. Compared to the movie, I prefer how Landon and Jamie met in the book. I think Landon’s inner dialogue played a huge part in that. Especially when he fought with himself to either be a good person vs. keeping your image. Every page I turned, I saw his character develop through the influences of Jamie and himself. After I finished, I HAD to watch the movie and what a big difference it was. I definitely saw the movie in a different light.
Nevertheless; whatever meager words or thoughts I might add herein, might just be a help or a comfort or an illuminating inspiration to perhaps just one random reader; so here is my review:
This novel; A Walk To Remember; like a good number of books and movies, deals with love and loss, and more specifically, life and death. Each of us, regardless of who we are, will inevitably die one day, and before that happens, we will experience the death of others not only older than us, but also more than likely very dear to us.
While the experience of reading about such stark realities of life may not necessarily seem to be a pleasant experience, such a reading exercise does properly prepare us in the present, to more effectively deal with loss and death of a loved one in the future.
Now while an inspired sermon would clearly be the only adequate means to sufficiently treat such a serious and inevitable life event, this brief review is neither the time nor the place. But suffice it to say, that without a thorough foundational understanding of both ancient and modern day scripture (think ‘The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’), giving us ample knowledge and intelligence of a much higher plain on such a sobering topic, we can not properly grasp or deal with the topic of loss and death as part and parcel of the human experience.
For example: the four most important philosophical questions; 1) who are we, prior to being conceived into this mortal earth by our parents? 2) where did we come from (prior to the exact moment of our mortal physical conception), (or in what exact form was our pre-physical conception existence, according to Latter-day scripture)? 3) why are we here (in mortality)? and, 4) where are we going (when we depart this mortal realm)? - are tough questions that are all answered within scripture, particularly modern-day or Latter-day scripture.
As such; while the novel - A Walk To Remember - like all of Mr. Sparks’ books/movies, are absolutely fantastic; I couldn’t help but feel that the characters in the novel and indeed we ourselves the readers, could have benefited much more in delving into such a serious topic and dealing with actual death (others or our own, still pending), if we only spent the requisite time necessary to first read the scriptures (the ‘owners manual’ of life), to become better acquainted with the real purpose of both mortal life and mortal death.
The problem to be overcome in changing our mind and deciding to read the scriptures is to first get rid of a worldly attitude which scripture defines as: “Trampling underfoot the ‘Word of God’, and counting ‘it’ as a thing of nought.”
Such an attitude is gravely dangerous to both our mortal and post-mortal well being, for the old saying: ‘Ignorance is bliss’ is clearly not true; whereas the alternative saying ‘Knowledge is power’ is clearly more helpful in being properly prepared for the inevitable fate which awaits us all.
Notwithstanding these sobering thoughts; ‘A Walk To Remember’ was clearly, another shining example of Mr. Sparks’ finely tuned story telling talents. And I agree with what another reader has said about this novel in particular, that it will definitely make you laugh allot at first, but it will also bring you to tears as well.
But again; having a proper and thorough understanding of mortal life and death; is clearly the only adequate prerequisite to effectively and sufficiently grasp and deal with such serious and sobering topics; not just to not feel so bad after reading such a novel, but more importantly to better deal with the inevitable loss and death of our own loved ones, and also to properly and peaceably prepare for our own inevitable mortal departure, when our own time comes.