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Love story by Erich Segal
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Love Story by Erich Segal
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
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
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
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.
Submitted by Khushi, posted on Thursday August 19, @12:35PM