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Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Notebook (original 1996; edition 2004)

by Nicholas Sparks

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Authors:Nicholas Sparks
Info:Bantam Books (2004), Paperback, 272 pages
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The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (1996)

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A love story with unusual, touching ending. ( )
  parp | Aug 29, 2016 |
Another Nicholas Sparks tear-jerker.

This felt like two completely different novels - one narrating the teenage meeting of Noah and Allie, and how they were separated by time and space until they met again fourteen years later. The other, the part that really touched me, was the present day story of the narrator and his elderly wife who was suffering from Alzheimer's disease and rarely even recognised him. They are both living in an old people's home (if that's a politically correct term?) and he visits her every day, waiting for a glimmer of the person he fell in love with. Even as I write this my eyes fill, so I was very grateful that the plane I was flying in had the lights out while I was listening to this as an audiobook.

The love story between Noah and Allie was pretty predictable. Noah was a bit of a loaner who enjoyed poetry, playing his guitar and living in the country doing up a house he had fallen for many years before. He'd fought in the war and wasn't really looking for love. He hadn't forgotten his first love, but it had become little more than a dream.
Allie was engaged to an up-and-coming lawyer but it was apparent that it was more a marriage of convenience, mainly for their parents.

Others have said how good the film version of this book is and I could imagine that it would make an excellent film. Though I'd have to watch it in the dark.
Apparently the scenes in the present day were based on the lives of Nicholas Sparks's parents so it was emotion from the heart.
I always know Mr Sparks is going to make me cry, the question is whether the back-story is satisfying. In this case, maybe not, but lovers of Chick-Lit will probably disagree with me. ( )
  DubaiReader | Aug 25, 2016 |
Brilliant Brilliant Book!
The only problem is this is one of the FEW cases I have ever read a book where that I liked the movie better. I think this is because the movie touched my soul in places that the book could not. Brilliant Read and as always I remain a TRUE Nicholas Sparks Fan. ( )
  Angel.Carter | Aug 11, 2016 |
I have read this book so many times, I just can't get enough of it! The other cool thing about it is actually based on a true story of Sparks' grandparents. Such an emotionally moving book ( )
  lotoflivinglefttodo | Jul 21, 2016 |
I have shied from reading The Notebook for many years only because I like the movie so much. I felt like the novel would never live up to the movie.

Published in 1996, The Notebook is Nicholas Sparks’ first book. When I started reading, I found the story progressed quickly. Early on Allie is visiting Noah after fourteen years of separation and while she is engaged to Lon. Their reunion was really sweet and I am a sucker for love reunited. The two reminisce about their summer together all those years ago and they catch up on what has happened since they last saw each other.

While the book and the movie differ in a few ways, they are pretty much the same. I wanted to read my favorite lines :”She had come back into his life like a sudden flame, blazing and streaming into his heart. Noah stayed up all night contemplating the certain agony he knew would be his, if he were to lose her twice….” But, alas it wasn’t to be, those lines are solely in the film version as were a few other favorites.

I like Noah’s character very much. He is a strong hero, quiet and poetic. Whats not to like? In the novel you really see that he is a lover of poetry and melts Allie’s heart with the way he speaks to her. His being poetic is one of the reasons she falls in love with him. I also enjoyed the beautiful love letters he writes to her.

While I enjoyed the novel, the film version is still my favorite. It was nice however to finally read the book. I did get teary eyed towards the end even though I knew what was going to happen and seeing it through Noah’s eyes got me.

Author Nicholas Sparks has a way with words and the sweet romances he pens tend to whisk me away very easily. He has got such a great handle on writing romances and love stories that are heartfelt. The Notebook is a favorite, right up there with Nights in Rodanthe and Message in a Bottle.

Disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any kind of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. I am under no obligation to write a positive review. I purchased my copy of The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks.
https://bookwormnai.wordpress.com/2016/06/26/the-notebook-by-nicholas-sparks/ ( )
  bookworm_naida | Jun 26, 2016 |
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This book is dedicated with love to Cathy, my wife and my friend.
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Who am I? And how, I wonder, will this story end?
I am nothing special; of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts, and I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I've loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough.
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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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An elderly lady with Alzheimer's disease listens to her old diaries that speak of the young love she has long forgotten.

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