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Love story by Erich Segal

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Love Story by Erich Segal

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It is very difficult to write something about a book that has been so hyped, discussed and praised the world over. As I discovered, Love Story is a poignant tale that touches your heart and leaves its imprint forever. We meet Oliver who narrates the whole experience as to how he met, loved and lost the most important person in his life, Jennifer.

Love Story (1970); the film was a precursor to the book starring Ali MacGraw, Ryan O’Neal. Erich Segal has said that he based the character of Oliver on Vice President Al Gore and Gore's Harvard roommate Tommy Lee Jones.

The book has the one of the most famous and touching beginnings of a novel. I have to quote the opening lines:

What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died? That she was beautiful. And brilliant. That she loved Mozart and Bach. And the Beatles. And me.

And thus begins the classic. I somehow found it a little strange that the central characters fell in love very easily or rather quickly. But I guess that is the beauty of love, which happens just like that. Oliver finds Jenny a little repulsive in the beginning but soon that same quality intrigues him further to knowing her more. The author’s entertaining style of writing is visible in this observation by Oliver when he first sees Jennifer:

I got an A minus on the exam, coincidentally the same grade I assigned to Jenny’s legs when she first walked from behind that desk.

Jenny on the other hand is so sure and confident about herself that she simply scores over Oliver no matter how hard he tries to win their verbal duels. Their playful banter is one of the main highlights of the book and it does not stop even after they get married. The story is unique because of its many beautiful moments like Oliver's marriage proposal, Jenny's simplicity in thoughts, their supposedly do-it-yourself-wedding etc.

Jenny's character wins your heart as she unsuccessfully tries to thaw the relations between Oliver and his father, how she spurs Oliver on (in law school studies, his hockey games) and so many more moments. Oliver himself is so endearing and likeable that you can’t stop laughing when he actually convinces Jenny to name their would-be son, Bozo (yikes!!!).

Although the reader knows beforehand that Jenny is supposedly going to die, you somehow get so involved in the plot that you don’t want her to leave Oliver. The ending of the book is so simple and stark that I had to reread the chapter to enforce the ending of the story. Many people cry at the end of this epic novel, which was something, that had made me really curious to read the book. At the end when Oliver breaks down in his father's arms, it is safe to say that I was pretty numb with the whole experience.

Jenny' final words are a simple "Thanks, Ollie". I think along with the now famous quote from this book “Love means never having to say you are sorry”, the author should have also mentioned that love also means never having to say thanks.

Its a very unpretentious small book; just over 150 pages but once you start reading it you will finish it in one go. What’s different about this novel is that the bulk of the novel consists of actual conversations between the characters, which is very realistic. This tragic story of love inspires and enriches anyone who reads it. --- Khushi

Submitted by Khushi, posted on Thursday August 19, @12:35PM

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I don't really think that "Love Story" merits much of the hype it has gotten throughout the last 40 years. Althought it is a good read and not half bad as love stories go, it's major appeal had to be felt during the time that it was written. It struck what appeared to be a profound, yet unexplained, emotional chord in the reader of the day. Hindsight, a re-reading and a cynicism that comes with age have led this reader to see the novelette as more of an allegory about the state of the nation and the Nam war thamn a defacto 4 handerkerchief catharsis. Batia have to give him credit: He does write realistic dialog.

by Allan on Monday October 04, @03:10PM

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I would like to reply to a post by Khushi. In the post it is stated that the author of "Love Story" based his story on the relationship between roommates Tommy Lee Jones and Al Gore. Please let the record stand! Eric Segal has stated to the press (Washington Times to be exact) that his story was NOT based on Al Gore only on Tommy Lee Jones. Let's get our facts straight. Please see the following link for reference.
http://www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,18655,00.htm

by Truth Seeker on Wednesday October 13, @06:11AM

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calmate, truth seeker...sheesh...give a break...it's called being human

by wowwww on Wednesday June 11, @12:09PM

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i was thinking of buying the book but im confused is the book worth buying or not

by beth on Sunday May 03, @11:39AM

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it's a realy GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!Stop sayng bad things about her.I know how is to lose your love in a case like that....i love this book.it's beautifull and great!

by moonlight alina on Monday May 04, @03:58AM

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DIS BOOK IS REALLY GR8........DA PURE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OLIVER N JENNY CAN MAKE ANY ONE FALL IN LOVE WITH DEM....DA BOOK HAS EVERY THING DAT A LOVE STORY REQUIRES....DA LAST FEW WORDS SPOKEN BY JENNY R REALLY TOUCHING N CAN MAKE ANYONE CRY...LOVE STORY IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS IVE EVA READ....

by sidra anjum on Thursday September 03, @12:08AM

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COULD ANY ONE PLEASE UPDATE ME IF ANY OTHER BOOK OF THIS SOUGHT IS ISSUED...

by sidra anjum on Thursday September 03, @12:45AM

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was dis a true story????????

by sidra anjum on Thursday September 03, @01:02AM

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**** u people ur ***** luv stories bull **** white ********!!!!!!!

by natasha on Thursday May 13, @05:34AM

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sorry about that people that was my stupid cousin brother buh i read the book and its fantastic would love to read it again xx

by natasha on Thursday May 13, @05:36AM

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the story is really very touching.....!!

by Arpita on Tuesday June 29, @11:40PM

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I think the best aspect about this book is that no matter how old you are it strikes a cord with you.The story is so beautiful because its simple and no one is really bad or cruel.I feel its been so successful because we all want what oliver and jenny found together and we all are wary to experience what oliver feel when he loses Jenny

by Lavanya on Wednesday August 11, @07:25AM

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the book is great and i loved it! :) to chief, thank u for the book.

by hayzelm. on Tuesday September 28, @06:22AM

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this novel is one best i have't seen before i this novel there emotion, feeling between man & woman. most intersting line is about this book "love is not sad but is good thing "

by dhawal on Monday January 31, @02:32AM

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love this book !!! it made me cry

by chenyi on Saturday June 18, @11:38AM

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