by Nicholas Sparks
A man with a faded, well-worn notebook open in his lap. A woman experiencing a morning ritual she doesn’t understand. Until he begins to read to her. The Notebook is an achingly tender story about the enduring power of love, a story of miracles that will stay with you forever. Set amid the austere beauty of coastal North Carolina in 1946, The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner returned home from World War II. Noah, thirty-one, is restoring a plantation home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier, a girl he loved like no other. Unable to find her, yet unwilling to forget the summer they spent together, Noah is content to live with only memories. . . until she unexpectedly returns to his town to see him once again. Allie Nelson, twenty-nine, is now engaged to another man, but realizes that the original passion she felt for Noah has not dimmed with the passage of time. Still, the obstacles that once ended their previous relationship remain, and the gulf between their worlds is too vast to ignore. With her impending marriage only weeks away, Allie is forced to confront her hopes and dreams for the future, a future that only she can shape. Like a puzzle within a puzzle, the story of Noah and Allie is just beginning. As it unfolds, their tale miraculously becomes something different, with much higher stakes. The result is a deeply moving portrait of love itself, the tender moments, and fundamental changes that affect us all. Shining with a beauty that is rarely found in current literature, The Notebook establishes Nicholas Sparks as a classic storyteller with a unique insight into the only emotion that really matters.
**Review: As per the recommendation from my sister-in-law, I borrowed both from her: the movie and the book. She recommended that I watch the movie first, then read the book. I watched the movie about half a year ago. Pretty good story, the characters were wonderful, and I balled my head off.
The book was good, but I have to say, although I’m sure I’m probably going to be bombarded after this, that I enjoyed the movie more than the book. I preferred the ending in the movie over the ending of the book.
One summer, seventeen-year-old Noah and fifteen-year-old Allie fell in love. When she left, Noah wrote letters, keeping in contact with her, hoping one day they’d be together again. But those letters never reached her, and Allie never knew that Noah still thought of her. He went off to work up the coast, enlist in the war, and came back to buy the house he always said he would and restore it.
Now twenty-nine, Allie is in the middle of wedding plans when an article in the paper catches her attention: Noah, the purchase and restoration of the house. For two weeks, Allie carried the article in her person, wondering what to do. She loved Lon, but not in the same way she loved Noah that summer years ago. Finally, her mind is made up: she needs to see Noah one last time, to see how he is, to explain, to move on with her life.
But after seeing him, goodbye doesn’t come so easy. For the love they shared is still there, and is rediscovered. Noah was the only person who really understood her. How can she marry Lon, when what she has with Noah is so much more?
Glimpses of past and present, the book is pretty spectacular, evoking emotions from the reader as they walk through the journey, a love so pure it cannot be denied. The past so sweet, the present such a heartache. Definitely a book worth reading. The movie, one worth watching.