Archive for December 23rd, 2008

23rd December
written by brandij

The Book
Author: Nicholas Sparks
© 1996
Published by Grand Central Publishing

The Movie
Directed by: Nick Cassavetes
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams, Gena Rowlands
Released: June 25, 2004
Rated: PG-13

The Notebook has been highlighted as one of the best love stories of our time, and it well could be. Of course, this book doesn’t tell the story well. In, what appears to be characteristic Sparks style, we meet Noah 49 years after the story takes place. He’s now an old man, living in an assisted care facility. He spends his days reading the notebook in which the story of he and his wife Allie is written. The love story is that notebook, when Allie and Noah are reunited, 14 years after their summer of teenage love. In just a few days, their love is rebuilt, and they spend the next 49 years building a life. Noah reads to Allie to help her remember their life, as she sinks into the depths of Alzheimer’s.

The primary story in The Notebook takes only a few days, but the love that Noah and Allie share endures for more than 60 years. There is little action, little drama, and truthfully, little confrontation in the book. Sparks may draw you in with the premise, but he again leaves you hanging for the beautiful phrasing and imagery which you hope to find in the greatest love story of the decade.