The Notebook (The Notebook #1)

The Notebook
By Nicholas Sparks
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.

Noah is a man that grows with the years, he is a quiet man in the beginning but as the years pass by he learn to express his feelings. He is also a thinking man, always thinking and analyzing. I like that about him, that he doesn't take things for granted, and I think that is a side effect you get from reading a lot of poems. Noah was a man that fought for what he wanted in life, he didn't come from a rich family like Allie who could give her what she wanted, instead he had to work had to get things. 

Allie on the other hand is describes as a bright person, i thought she was really sweet, the way she talked was cute, and even though her parent's had a lot of money and had a very upper class image she never rose above earth, she was always down to earth, and she saw good things in other people that wasn't from her society circle.

the story takes place somewhere between 1930 - 1940, during the second world war and a lot of boys was out fighting for their country back then and so was he, Nicholas Sparks made the book "real" by taking note to what happened around them during that time.

this is a short novel and a lot of things happened within these 249 pages, a lot of things. 
Sparks jumped from one time to another and he wrote about them both equally much, except when he came near the end. 

I think this was a very sweet book with a lot of love and a beautiful ending. if i had to rate this bok i would give it 3.5 out of 5. the fact that everything happened so fast is what lowers the rating. 

xoxo Lihini

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