Hardcover, 214 pages
Published July 5th 2004 by Bantam (first published October 1st 1996)
Rating: 5/5 Stars
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.
Did You Know?—The Notebook was only the third novel in recent history to spend over a year as a hardcover best-seller!!
One of the poems by Walt Whitman quoted in the novel is entitled “To a Common Prostitute?”
The title for the novel was chosen by Theresa Park, Nicholas’s agent?
“The Notebook” is a heartwarming, tender story about the power of love, and how it can overcome anything. A man sitting with a worn out notebook on his lap, and a woman about to go on with her morning ritual, unaware of her surroundings or what is happening. Then, he starts to read to her and she begins to remember. This novel is a story of the power and strength of love, and I think it was very remarkable.The story begins with Noah Calhoun, a man returning home from World War II. He is planning on restoring a plantation home, when he starts to remember the images of the beautiful girl he met in the summertime years ago. He loved her with his whole heart, but he was doubtful of the chance to see her again, until she suddenly appears in his town to see him one last time. Allie Nelson is engaged to another man, but she begins to realize her feelings for Noah have not gone away, despite the fourteen years they have spent apart. She must realize what she wants for the future because her wedding is just weeks away, and she has the chance to change how her future will unfold.
”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,” says Noah. He is saying that he only needs his one true love, Allie, to be genuinely happy. He does not care about silly things, he only wants to be with her, and it kills him inside that she is engaged to another man. Lon, her fiancée, neglects Allie by prioritizing his career over her.
The climax of the book is when Noah receives a letter from Allie saying exactly what she promised him when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease; she will try to overcome this illness and be with him through the end. The way that the book ends is completely saddening. I was not surprised by how it ended, but it still made me desolate. I think Allie and Noah were the perfect couple, and no matter what her parents did, they still made it through and stayed together right until the end. Their love was so powerful and strong; nothing could keep them apart, and even when faced with death, they were with each other. This book proves that love conquers all, even small obstacles along the way can strengthen the passion between two lovers.
-Ana @ SoManyBooksSoLittleTime