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Author: Nicholas Sparks / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 01 November 2007 / Genre: Modern & Contemporary Fiction / Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group / Title: The Notebook / ISBN 13: 9780751540475 / ISBN 10: 0751540475

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      14.08.2013 12:38
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      gripping emotional novel, thanks Sparks!

      The Notebook is one of my favourite novels by Nicholas Sparks. Sparks has captured the hearts of women (and probably a few male readers too) all over the world, of different ages. It is no surprise that this book is a classic, best-seller and they even made the film "The Notebook" based upon.

      As with most books, you will find differences between the novel and the film. My aim today is to give you an idea of what the book will be about and my experience of reading it without any spoilers.

      ===Quote===

      As you may notice, I quoted a line in the beginning. "But despite their differences, they had one important thing in common. They were crazy about each other" This is part of a quote. It describes the two main characters Allie and Noah, and highlights that their love for each was enough to overcome anything. The characters come from very different backgrounds, Allie is an uptown girl from an upper class family where as Noah is more of a working class family boy.

      ===Plot===

      Without spoiling it is hard to describe the sequence of events. Basically you will learn about how their lives are lead slightly differently, after the summer romance they had. And what reunites them in the future. Allie is put on the spot to make a very important decision that will affect others and possibly hurt others but she has to choose what she wants, not what is best for her.

      ===Personal opinion===

      As a sucker for romantic novels, this was perfect and I couldn't put the book down until I had finished reading it! (mind you, it took me a whole day and night of a holiday). It has some really beautiful quotes and is inspiring story which can really give you hope that there is true love out there.

      ===Differences from Film===

      Obviously, the film does not go into as much detail as the book. But it is a close projection of it. The story line is quite similar, sticking to the main facts. But the book gives you more of a chance to feel the story for yourself.

      ===Summary===

      One thing I'd like to point out is the story is told from the point of view of Noah when he is old. It is interesting to see how they end up from a situation as young lovers, to be separated, to being reunited and how old age affects one of them.

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      18.10.2011 20:52
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      A STORY OF ENDURING LOVE

      *Do I really want to do this?*

      Why did I consider reading this book - having already seen the movie? Well the film had such an impact on me (one of my favourites) that it was a natural progression and I was intrigued to see if the movie had hit all the right notes as far as the book was concerned. Bought for a reasonable price from www.thebookdepository.co.uk at £6.39 and looking appealing from the front cover - with matching impressive blurb on the rear - I anticipated a good read and cry!

      *Sit yourself down and I shall begin*

      A short synopsis of this novel by Nicholas Sparks - The book begins with a wonderful old gentleman who resides in a residential home recapping on his experiences of his life via a notebook which he reads to an elderly lady. This happens to feature the love of his life - his one and only true love who was his soul mate. We then go back in time to when Noah was a young man working the land in beautiful surroundings - which he loved. During the summer months he meets Allie. He and Allie spend as much of their time together as is possible and soon discover their feelings for each other. He is poetic and a dreamer and appreciates natural beauty - she is captivated by this and it feeds her heart and soul. She is artistic, creative and oozing confidence and a zest for life - he is entranced. They are young but acknowledge that they are meant to be together - however this is not to be. Class and cultural differences are set to divide them and part them - painfully. Each of them has to move forward with their life and accept that the best they can hope for is to maintain the memory of that summer of love - true deep passionate love. Some years later Allie is compelled to return to Noah - she is to be married to well suited fiance, Lon, and has decided that she needs to see Noah. When the two of them are reunited will the old love be rekindled? Did it ever die? Or will she gain closure and remain friends with Noah?

      *Are you sitting comfortably?*

      This book is a page turner - be warned. Even though I have seen the movie and know what the plot line is I was completely satisfied by the authors sublime prose. Straight away I developed a relationship with Noah - his traits are so endearing and attractive in a man for me. He is fiercely loyal, protective, poetic, creative, strong, masculine, forgiving and compassionate. To walk with him on his journey through the pages of this book was a joy as the composition is written beautifully and masterfully.

      When the young Noah meets Allie - the other main protagonist - it made my heart skip a beat. The prose is eloquent in producing intense passion. I like the fact that there is minimal description of the surroundings, events, work and the like - this is all to do with how these two lovers feel and boy do they connect on a very deep level. Allie is a higher class than Noah and her parents frown upon her getting involved with a boy who is not at all suitable - she totally follows her heart and ignores her parents protests. She has to be with Noah - her heart is ruling her head and that is powerful stuff. I warmed to Allie - though not as quickly as I did to Noah, which may have been the class issue? But all the same Allie has a place in my heart too. The summer that they spent together was exhilarating for them and the reader - pure excitement and thrill of being together, nothing else in the world mattered and they were going to be together forever ..... until fate ran its course and her parents moved her far away from Noah.

      Letters that Noah wrote were hidden from Allie - both of them hurt like heck. I could empathise with them both as I witnessed the disappointment and then the doubt - was it real or was it just a silly summer love thing? Very thought provoking - but not for long as I just could not wait to continue with the story - the prose does not bog you down with overlong passages of random chit chat and goings on which I much appreciated as I just wanted to be with Allie and Noah and know what they were doing and thinking and what was coming next.

      After the war - in which Noah played a part and survived to tell the tale - the prose begins to heat up a little, the pace quickens and with it my heart. After an article is spotted in the paper, regarding Noah and a special property that he and Allie visited during their summer together, Allie declares her need for some time alone to escape the stress of the high profile wedding planning and tells her fiance, Lon, that she is going for a short break to hunt for antiques. Lon remains two dimensional but from the short snippets that I got from the prose I developed a respect and liking for his character - some of his traits were appealing, though most of them not to me.

      Of course Allie has returned to the town where Noah is and memories flood back during the drive. She is unsure how good an idea it is to actually go and see him. Would it be fair to him after all this time and why exactly did she need to see him face to face? I had a very good idea and I was hoping upon hope that they would fall into each others arms and continue their great adventure of love together and have a happy ending.

      The meeting is intense, spiritual, soul searching, captivating, sensual - oh it is just everything that I want from a love story - a real and true love that never dies. I was in my element and those pages that describe what happened during the following days are incredible, they evoke such emotion in me!

      The prose comes forward in time to the residential home and we meet the elderly gentleman again - illness taking its toll on his now frail body. He reads from his notebook to his wife every day without fail. I am so comfortable in this guys company through the pages of prose. He is gentle, kind, compassionate and fiercely loyal! He is a special soul and I cannot help but connect with him. His obvious and enduring love for his wife is extraordinary and it is only the nursing staff who realise his gift - which has the most unique effect of which they have never encountered before now.

      The book is nearing to the end - some of the most poignant and emotive, impassioned creativity lies on these pages and I found myself slowing right down in order to digest each and every sentence entirely - from which I sighed great satisfaction as well as shedding a tear.

      Whilst reading this prose it brought to mind my intense and tenacious love that I share with my husband and I could empathise completely with the story of Noah and Allie - beautiful and exquisite whilst also being one of the most emotive and poignant reads I have had thus far.

      The end.

      *How does it compare with the movie*

      Well we all perceive differently and of course some prefer written word to moving images and vice versa. My opinion - truly I adore them both equally. But I will say that there is more insight to the inner world in the book - which I really liked and it will make the film all the more fulfilling when I next get up the courage to watch it.

      *Is the book recommended?*

      You can probably guess the answer to that question without me needing to suggest yay or nay. Absolutely yes - the prose is stunningly beautiful in a simple and straight forward way. I appreciated the minimal use of descriptive passages and was thankful that the author maintained a firm focus on the story - the emotions, passion and love. The protagonists are engraved in my heart forever - I have developed a bond with Noah and Allie. They are well rounded and complete - their traits are believable and endearing. Other support characters remain two dimensional and that is absolutely fine by me as it enabled me to stick with the wonderful plot line and develop a warm relationship with these two connected souls. I love the locale that the prose is set in as it sounds like somewhere I would like to live - surrounded by natural beauty and having the simple things in life take priority. The book seems to maintain a higher price than more recent books but you can source it for less if you buy used and of course can borrow from a library. I have no problem with the price - the prose is very satisfying.

      *You may like to know*

      Where to purchase - Amazon, eBay, Book Depository, Waterstones and all good bookstores

      Price varies - approximately £6.00 at this time

      ISBN-10: 0751538914


      *That is all for now folks - thanks for reading - also published on Ciao - dawnymarie*

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        04.09.2011 22:01

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        A light read for those who just want a romantic chill out

        I've got to say, I really hated this book. Normally, once I've seen a film, I'll read the book (just something I like to do), and about 99% of the time I'll like the book so much better - as is the case most of the time! However, with The Notebook, this just wasn't true.

        The book is written in 3rd person following Ally and Noah through their teenage whirlwind romance and the years that follow until they find each other again. However, I felt like there was just too much of a build up. the book focused on building up to them getting together for the majority of the time and, despite the beautiful description, I just felt like I was reading pages and pages but nothing much was happening! This may have been because I'd watched the film and loved it, therefore knew roughly what would happen in the book, however despite this, there still wasn't much 'action'. I know it's a romance novel and there isn't meant to be much action, but I just couldn't help feeling that this book was lacking in something.

        I really wish it was different, because it does have some beautiful description and it is a lovely idea, but unfortunately it just wasn't for me. If you want a small injection of romance and your heart strings pulled at a few times, don't hesitate to give this a try!

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        02.02.2011 10:10
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        Brilliant novel

        I had heard only good things about The Notebook. Most people will know it is a book that has been turned into a hit film. I wanted to read the book and see the film but I decided to read the book first as I hate spending ages reading a book where I already know the ending!

        *Plot*
        The book begins by introducing us to an elderly man in a nursing home. He tells us a little about his life and then the book jumps to a different era where we meet Noah. Noah is an unmarried man who is spending all of his time renovating a house he has recently bought. He lives a fairly lonely life, he has one friend who pops by some evenings but otherwise he tends to be alone.

        We learn that Noah has loved once but it didn't work out. He fell in love with a young girl many years ago when she was holidaying in Noah's home town with her parents. When she left to go home, they vowed they would keep in contact but they never did.

        Noah thinks about Allie all the time but knows he is unlikely to ever see her again, that is until she turns up on his doorstep...

        *Opinion*
        When I read the first chapter in this book I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it. I prefer books which are telling the story as it happens and I initially thought the book just might be about the elderly man looking back on his life. However, as soon as we met Noah and started hearing his story I found myself really intrigued and really enjoying the story.

        I loved the character of Noah. He seemed such a lovely man and I couldn't understand why Allie would have just cut him off the way she did. I felt very sorry for him at times and felt that he deserved to find a wonderful wife and have a family. When we met Allie I also found that I liked her too. Once she had explained her life then I completely understood why things had panned out the way they had.

        The plot of the book flowed really well. I found there was always plenty going on and something to keep my attention. The book mainly follows Noah and Allie but occasionally it does jump back to the nursing home. The book ends in the nursing home and although the last page was not what I was expecting it still bought some tears to my eyes!

        I really enjoyed the writing style of Nicholas Sparks. It was laid back and I felt really at ease when reading the book. I will definitely be looking into other books of his, especially Dear John which I saw the film of and loved.

        *Additional Information*
        The book I have was published in 2006 (New edition edition)
        It was published by Sphere.
        It has 272 pages.
        It is written by Nicholas Sparks.
        It is currently available on Amazon for £4.71.

        *Summary*
        A laid back romantic drama which is definitely recommended. A book that I consider to be a modern day classic.

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          11.07.2010 13:48
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          A love story but who knows if the ending is good or bad?

          With a holiday to Corfu in a few days time I thougt to myself "you better take a book to read incase you get bored of sunbathing and supping cocktails!".

          So my first task was to find a book which would be suitable to read on holiday. I recenlty had a discussion about the film 'The Boy in the Striped Pajamas' in this discussion I was told if I found that sad then try watching The Notebook. Well I did one better than watching it - I decided I'd read in on holiday!

          You may be thinking at this point why on earth would I want to take a book that could possibly be quite upsetting on holiday with me? Well the truth was I knew deep down I wouldn't read much of it on holiday - which in fact I'd proved myself right on. Also, I like romantic novels and unless it was touching, heart warming there was little chance I'd complete the book.

          You see as frustrating as it is to me I have a very low concentration spam and even if I go out with the best intentions in the world to stick to something I usually end up giving up unless I'm fully into what I'm doing.

          So The Notebook? Well... the reason I'm now typing my review into this small Dooyoo box is because I have completed the book and I want to tell you all about it! (well what I can tell you without giving to much away).

          The Notebook would be my boyfriend's worst nightmare. He likes reading horrors, thrillers - the complete opposite to The Notebook which is a lovely love story which as you read you pray for the Happy Ever After...

          It tells the story of two people who love each other so madly, deeply that you almost feel jealous of the connection they have. The only problem is they are from completely different worlds and the dilema really is do you choose your head or your heart? Your family or the one that makes you happy, tingle inside?

          At the begining of the book you are introuduced to an old man reading this love tangled story. I was so engrossed in the story I completely forgot about it being read but took it as it was happening presently not in the past!

          Would I recommend this book to other people - yes I would, without a doubt. It took a lot of hours and motivation for me to pick up this book and read from start to finish. I'm glad I did though and I can see me picking it up in future and enjoying it all over again. As a result of reading this book and enjoying it so much I have now started reading another novel and really think because 'The Notebook' was such a wonderful book I want to read more - reading is now a new hobbie of mine!

          The Notebook did bring a couple of tears to my eyes but in some strange way I'm pleased because it almost makes what've read more believable the author 'Nicholas Sparks' has drawn you into the book and you have a real sense of relating to the characters.

          I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes a good tear jerker. A love story. If the ending is happy or sad you'll have to read it to find out!

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            08.07.2010 18:37
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            Definately worth a read

            I loved this film and so thought I should read the book to see how it compared. It definately didn't disappoint! As someone who only tends to read chick flicks such as those written Sophie Kinsella it was refreshing to read a romantic story from a male's perspective. It made it that little bit different for me.

            The plot really is amazing. It is the most romantic story I have read, and I truly love the book. There are parts which will make you laugh, cry, smile, cringe, and everything in between. It's very soppy, but if you like that I'm sure you'll love it.

            Nicholas Sparks is a really good author, the whole book is full of imagination, creativity, and you couldn't feel more connected to the story and the characters.

            As far as the film's concerned, I personally find them both as great as each other. I found the film focuses more on the early relationship between Noah and Aly whereas the book tends to focus more on what happens later but other than that the two seem very similar.

            I loved this book, everything about it, and I look forward to reading more Nicholas Sparks novels over the summer.

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            05.10.2009 11:23
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            excellent book

            well after watching the film i thought it was absolutely a great story and i never even thought of reading the book until a friend told me it was an excellent read and much better than the film and guess what it is the author has done very well with this book and involves the user in the story and makes anyone that reads it feel completely involved and overwhelmed by the story i would advise anybody to read this book as it is a great read and is good for all ages. i would also highly reccomend this book to anybody that has seen the film as the film really doesnt do this story justice it is simply fantastic and have found myself reading it more than once as it cannot be explained how the author has creatively used the words in this to make your imagination take you into the story .

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              17.09.2009 19:17
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              For once in my life, I think I enjoyed the film more than the book.

              The Notebook-book review

              Written by: Nicholas Sparks
              Genre: Fiction
              Pages: 272 pages
              Published: 1996

              About the Author:
              The Notebook was the first book by Nicholas Sparks. He is an American author born in 1965, he started writing in 1985, and had his first book published in October 1996. Four of his novels have been made into films; The Notebook, A walk to remember, Message in a Bottle and Nights in Rodanthe. And there is also a film release of Dear John which is in production to be released in 2010, to be called The Last Song, which is possibly something to look forward to.

              An introduction:
              I had heard of the film The Notebook years ago (released 2004), but only very recently saw the film for myself, when looking for the DVD on Amazon, I came across the book- up until then, I didn't know it was a book prior to becoming a film, and so after watching the film which I enjoyed, I thought I would give the book ago.

              I was shocked to find the book was much thinner than normal books at only 279 pages long, and only 185 of those pages been of the story (there is the first two chapters of A Walk to Remeber in the back of the book). The book looks very thin, and is less than half the size of most books I read. But, in some ways this isn't something to pull my nose up at, as a book I read recently was HUGE (Wendy Holden's Beautiful People) and it had too much waffling, and took too long to get into. I had high hopes for The Notebook.

              I got my book in the end from The Works, it was in the offer section for 3 books for £5, which works out at just over £1.50 each, which is cheaper than it would be to buy from Amazon (even if the book is only £0.01 the P&P is £2.75 on most items!). So I suggest looking in The Works for this book if you want it before looking on Amazon!

              The Plot:
              It's 1945 in Southern America, and Noah Calhoun has just come back from War in Europe. He has seen some sights, his friends have been killed, and he is starting his life again in his childhood town. But he is haunted by his past, a beautiful girl, Allie, who he had a whirlwind romance with one summer when she and her family were in town. But when her family had to leave, his letters went unanswered, and his heart was broken, moving away and starting again, he never forgot Allie, and she never forgot him.

              Allie is now engaged to Lon, a lawyer, and still misses Noah and all they had, he was her first true love, and she will never love anyone how she loved him. But why is she feeling so guilty, she needs Noah to know of her wedding plans, and so heads to his town after seeing him the newspaper with his new house, without telling Lon, or anybody else.

              When she sees Noah and he sees her, their love soon rekindles, but they both know that nothing can happen between them, and try to keep their relationship friendly, but can you ever really stop loving someone?

              The story is told by Noah as an old man in a nursing home, he tells the story of he and an old lady who lives in the old home with him, along with the other old people, who he reads to. We get the illusion she has alzeimers, as Noah talks of her not been able to remember him telling her this story before.

              We soon learn who Allie chose to spend her life with, and how Noah's life panned out. And there are lots of shocks and twists in the story.

              Opinion:
              I watched the film before reading the book, and for me it did spoil the book a little for me, as I was always waiting for something to happen, and I always felt I knew the ending, though it is in the end a little different from the film, and there are little differences throughout, I did feel I knew what was going to happen, but I only had a week or so between watching the film and reading the book, I maybe should have left this a little longer.

              The book isn't as good as The Time Travelers Wife which is a book of the same variety as this, and it was quickly over, I could have read it all in one sitting, this makes it a good aeroplane book for short flights.

              Reviews I have read have said that this book is "so sad", but I didn't find it as sad as the film, and I thought that it was mediocre in the saddness rate. Although a great storyline and gripping, it isn't the best book I have ever read, and I think if the book had been a little longer, it could have had a little more detail, instead there are quite a few plot holes, as the book only covers around 2 weeks of time (apart from going back and forward in time a little), and some little bits are just skimmed upon.

              In conclusion:
              This book was something I was really looking forward to after watching the film, but I must admit I felt a little let down by it, I think I may have enjoyed the book more had I read it before watching the film. And in this case, I think I have to say, the film is better than the book in this instance, this isn't something I often say, but there is much more emotion in the film than in the book.

              If you haven't watched the film, or it has been a long time since you watched the film, then give the book a go, but if like me, you have only just watched the film, maybe leave the book for a while!!! :)

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                14.09.2009 20:40
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                have never read a Nicholas Sparks book without crying and this book is no exception.

                The Notebook was the first book written by Nicholas Sparks. It is about the love story between Noah and Allie who first met in the beauty of the North Carolina coast when they were both teenagers, for 14 years they separated only for Allie to show up unexpectedly at Noah's house again. There story is told from the very beginning, we soon discover that this is because Noah is telling his wife Allie the story every day so that she can remember him and their story for a while even with her severe dementia.

                As many people will know The Notebook was later turned into a film but it is important to note that for the film they change the end of the story. So even though you may have seen the film you still won't know how this love story is going to end. This story shows both how love itself develops and also the pure devotion of a man in love. The story contains a number of miracles in terms of how things happen, and how these two lovers can be together. The emotions that are raised in this book will stay with you for a long time.

                I actually read this book after I had seen the film and I don't think this ruined the book for me in any way. The style with which Nicholas Sparks writes is hard to imitate on screen so they story in book form can provide you with a completely different understanding to the one provided by the screen adaptation.

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                13.06.2009 18:32
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                Back when I was a lot younger, I wasn't too much of a reader, I remember picking up my first Nicholas Sparks book. It was this one, The Notebook. This must have been a good 2/3 years before the film was even released, and I absolutely adored it. Since then I have read every book that Nicholas Sparks has ever written and think he is one of the best writers that I've ever read.

                I was shocked when I realised that I hadn't written a review on this book already on this site as it is probably one of the best books I've read in my life. It truly is a masterpiece.

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                We are first introduced to an elderly gentleman who is in a nursing home and he spends the day reading a book to his friend who has Alzheimer's. The book is based on two young people called Noah and Allie. He begins to tell us the story of Noah and Allie who meet when they are teenagers and begin a summer romance and fall deeply in love. Allie has to move away which separates the pair. Noah doesn't give up and writes to Allie every single day, but never gets a reply.

                The story moves on a few years and Noah has now seen the world, as has Allie but will new circumstances bring the pair back together?

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                Nicholas Sparks is probably one of the best writers I've ever come across, I love his style and I love the way that without fail he can make me sob like a baby at the end of each book. He really delivers with this book and it is probably his most popular book to date.

                However, most of you may think you know the ending of this book from seeing the film and you will be very wrong. There is actually a sequel to this book which I will write a review about in the next few days. I think the ending in the film was fantastic and it was perfect for the film, however in the book it really does make you cry. Nicholas Sparks manages to develop these amazing characters, and like in every book he really conveys to you how much these people are meant to be together and how much love they truly do have for each other.

                It is a very easy book to read, my nan refuses to read any of his books, because apparently if I cry then she'll be a wreck at the end of Nicholas Sparks' books. This book is so well written and you will find yourself unable to put the book down.

                If you read the book before watching the film then I'm 99% sure that you'll prefer the book, however if it's the other way around then I think you may be disappointed with the ending in the book compared to the film.

                It's a fantastic book which will very likely make you cry, Nicholas Sparks really has a way of writing and if you like this book then I'm sure you'll be reading the rest of his books in no time.

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                I will be actually selling some of Nicholas Sparks books on EBay soon, as I have everyone he's ever written and they just take up so much room. You can pretty much get his books for pennys on EBay but on sites like Play.com you are looking to pay £5 for it. Our library has hundreds of Nicholas Sparks books so check for them there as well.

                A fantastically written book with an amazing sequel as well, which not a lot of people know about. Check The Wedding out as well if you loved this book or the film even.

                (C) Kirsty 2009

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                  07.06.2009 11:23
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                  The book the very popular film was based on but very emotional.

                  After seeing the film of this book I really wanted to read this so I could see how well the film was adapted and if it missed anything out. I was very pleased when I received this as another birthday present as I though hubby had forgotten I was after it. I cannot believe though that I knew exactly what was coming at the end of the book but it still made me cry like a baby!

                  The book starts with us being introduced to an elderly gentleman who is living in a nursing home and is ill but spends his day reading to a lady friend who had Alzheimer's and does not know who he is. He reads to her from his notebook about a lovely young couple called Allie and Noah.

                  We are then taken to the story which he is reading from his notebook and find out that Allie and Noah at teenagers who meets and spend the summer together and fall deeply in love with each other but soon Allie is moving away so the pair end up separating and despite Noah constantly writing to her he never gets a reply.

                  Noah never forgets Allie as he goes about his life and soon he is fighting in the war and working hard to save enough money to buy the run down house which he and Allie both fell in love with as he plans to renovate the house just like they had planned. After a lot of hard work and money the house is finished and there is an advert in the newspaper showing off Noah's achievement.

                  Allie has moved on with her life believing that Noah has done the same as he had not heard from him since she left after the summer they spent together and she is now engaged to Lon. Lon is a nice man who is a very popular lawyer who treats her very well but Allie has her life turned upside down when she reads in the newspaper of Noah's achievement in finishing the house and after some time she decided to pay him a visit telling Lon she needs a break from all the big wedding plans and she also wants to go antique shopping.

                  After some deliberation Allie turns up at Noah's house and Noah is completely shocked as he has always dreamed of this moment but he soon finds out Allie is with another man and he soon thinks that they can never been together. The pair spend time together and soon realise just how much they still love and feel for each other. Will Allie give up her rich life to spend the rest of her life with her one true real love and just who is the elderly man reading in the nursing home?

                  I think Nicholas Sparks has done a fantastic job with this book and after reading it I can quite see why they made a film about it. The way he managed to put the story across were excellent and he had me feeling so many different emotions throughout the book. Yes I did cry like a big baby at the end despite knowing and also easily would have been able to predict the outcome but it still really got to me. He managed to put across in words just how much Noah and Allie felt and loved each other which is a massive achievement I feel for a man!

                  The book is very easy to read in I found I was not wanting to put it down and it did infact only take me 2 days to read the whole book. I did find that there were a few differences with the book and film and for some reason I found that there was so much more to the story after we returned to the elderly man in the nursing home and the lady who he was reading to. I do not remember so much of this from the film and I did enjoy how the book developed the elderly characters slightly more than the film. I was not able to form my own images of the characters and the settings for the book as I did watch the film first which for me was a shame as I would have liked to have made my own characters and images for the wonderful setting which are described to us.

                  The book which I have is the paperback edition which does have a chapter at the end of the book from another book which Nicholas Sparks has also written called The Wedding. I did not read this chapter because I will definitely be purchasing this book aswell as I did thoroughly enjoy this one and found his writing style to be excellent.

                  The retail price for the book is £6.99 but it is available cheaper on Amazon and EBay and I do recommend this very highly. For anyone who had neither read the book or seen the film then I would say that I recommend reading the book first so you are able to make your own images and setting which I do enjoying doing more than seeing them on the screen.

                  Other titles which Nicholas Sparks has written include:-

                  The Wedding
                  The Guardian
                  Message In a Bottle
                  A Walk to Remember
                  The Rescue
                  True Believer
                  At First Sight

                  I will definitely be looking out for these as I think he is now one of my favourite authors. If you would like any further information on this or any of Nicholas Sparks' books then please visit www.nicholassparks.com

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                    08.07.2008 17:38

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                    A wonderful book written by an incredibly talented writer

                    Nicholas Sparks is a fantastic writer, I have read some of his other books. And The Notebook like others does not disappoint, he manages to capture the real innocence of Noah and Allie's love and potrays their relationship beautifully.

                    Every so often a love story so captures our hearts that it becomes more than a story- it becomes an experience to remember forever. The Notebook is such a book. It is a celebration of how passion can be ageless and timeless, a tale that moves us to laughter and tears and makes us believe in true love all over again...

                    At 31, Noah is haunted by images of the girl he lost more than a decade earlier. At 29, Allie is about to marry a wealthy lawyer, but cannot stop thinking about the boy who long ago stole her heart. Thus begins the story of a love so enduring and deep it can turn tragedy into triumph, and may even have the power to create a miracle.

                    An amazing lovestory!

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                    23.11.2005 16:10
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                    A timeless love story

                    I started reading this book for one reason and one reason only, and that is that i had previously read 'A Walk to Remember' by Nicholas Sparks and loved it so much that i wanted to try more of his books. And all of my friends reccomended this one. So, i bought it and started to read.

                    I'll admit it was harder to get into than 'A Walk to Remember' the first few pages while well written and incredibly touching were a little slow moving, but i did see promise and so i made myself continue. And i was glad i did.

                    The Story of Noah and Allie and how first love can also be true love is the kind of story that everyone wants to believe in. We want to believe that real love can overcome all of the odds and that if you are really meant to be with someone, somehow, you'll find a way back to one another.

                    'The Notebook' is a perfect example of this. We see young love at its best. Carefree and seemingly neverending. It is heartwarming and also the kind of thing that we all hope for when we are young. It's an experience we all want to have. And so reading this makes us smile. Makes those daydreams we used to have come rushing back.

                    Sparks has a knack for capturing characters and their emotions in such a way that when you read his words they don't so much register in your mind as much as they shoot straight to your heart. You feel them before you think of them and that is very rare.

                    His use of description in this story is astounding, it takes you right into the story. We experience the happiness of young love, the loss when they are torn apart. And the excuitement and adoration when they find their way back together.

                    We truly believe that Noah and Allie are meant to be. The writing makes us believe that.


                    Reading this book really does make you believe in love. In its purity and its timelessness.

                    Sparks definetely scores a ten with this one.

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                      Once again Nicholas Sparks weaves a spell of romance and mystery around you and he does it in such a way you can't put the book down until the last page. This is a story of two people Noah Calhoun and Allie Nelson. Noah lives in New Bern, North Carolina and Allie is from out of town and will just be in town for the summer with her family. Noah goes to town looking for his friends Fin and Sarah. When he finds them at the festival the town is having there is Allie with them. Well, Fin introduces the two and from there sparks fly. Noah and Allie spend a lot of time together and fall madly in love. Allies mom is against this. When it is time for Allie to leave with her family both her and Noah are broken hearted. Noah writes to Allie but gets no response so after two years he writes her one last letter and it is a good-bye letter. The next thing it is fourteen years later and Noah has not married and is still in love with Allie. Allie has been seeing a man, Lon, who is a wealthy lawyer and after four years they are getting married. Three weeks before the marriage is to take place Allie sees a picture of the house that many years ago Noah told her he was going to buy and rebuild. With the picture is a story and it brings up some old feeling for Allie. She decides to go back and let Noah know she is getting married even though they have not communicated for fourteen years. They find that they still are in love but therein lies the problem for Allie. She does love Lon but she also loves Noah but in a stronger and more passionate way. Now she has to make a decision and this after spending some days with Noah. This book is by the man she ends up getting married to (which ever one it is) and it is told from a notebook that he has kept all these years. I don't seem to remember which man she marries. Folks you'll have to read it yourself to find out. The one thing I will say this book
                      is a story that will move you to your very soul. It could be classified as a tragedy but it would have to be how each individual who reads it views the story. You will have to make up your own mind on that one. I myself classify it as both a tragedy and a very moving love story. The reason the story moved me to my very soul is because here are two people that have loved each other for long years and yet that love is still burning after so many years. The author does a excellent job of bringing together the situations that come about and what Allie and Noah do about them.

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                        The first time I read this book, I read it from front to back without stopping. No, it is not a very long read, but more than that it is a gripping story about life and love. The author, Nicholas Sparks, creates such interesting and loveable characters in his stories that it's hard not to be attracted to the lovers Noah and Allie. This book takes us through their life together in what is one of the most enjoyable love stories ever. It is not all happy times for Noah and Allie, especially near the end (my book still has dark spots on it from teardrops!) but that's what makes it so believable. If you're looking for a smutty Harlequin type romance, this isn't the book for you. Yes, the main characters do have romantic moments, but that is exactly what they are - romantic. Nicholas Sparks describes Noah and Allie's intimacy with class. The second time I read this book my husband and I took turns reading chapters. It's a wonderful book to read with someone you love. The story helps you to appreciate all the little joys of life in order to get through bigger obstacles later in life.

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