Saturday, February 13, 2016

Reading Revolution : Love Story by Erich Segal

Valentines Day is this weekend, and even though I'm spending it cooped up in my room writing up a project report for my dissertation, I'm partial to a bit of romance. Whether it's a romcom movie or a classic romance novel, which brings us to today's post.
Last summer I made a huuugggeeee book shop from Amazon. I ordered about 20 books (of which I've only read 5) - and one of them was a classic love story - it's actually called "Love Story" how ironic!

"Love Story" is a 1970 novel written by an American writer, Erich Segal.
I always wanted to read this story ever since I saw it in a movie I watched years ago. I don't know why I wanted to read it; all I remember was that the cover page looked interesting - although it should be noted that the version I bought has a different cover compared to the one I saw.

"Love Story" is exactly what it says on the tin - it is a love story, filled with emotions.
It's written in first person, from the view of the guy - Oliver Barrett IV, a typical rich kid studying law at Harvard. He belongs to one of those old-age wealthy families, that are invited to all the high society parties and get into all the good universities (or as American's call them, colleges), and will eventually inherit the Barrett fortune.
The book starts with Ollie in his senior year at Harvard and he bumps into Jennifer Cavilleri - his total opposite. Jennifer, aka Jenny, is from a working-class family, studies music at Radcliffe College - the female version of Harvard - and want move to Paris.
The two meet, and fall in love, which is where the real story begins.

When I first started reading the book I was confused with some of the words and phrases. Probably because they were from the 60's and 70's.
I really liked the way that the relationship between the two was portrayed - they were at odds at the start, and fell in love, but there was never really overwhelming lovey-dovey stuff. It wasn't written by Nicholas Sparks, lets put it that way. For example, they still had arguments, would make fun of each other, and even called each other by curse words (like the B words), but as terms of endearment.

Personally, I'm not the type of person who will ever call my other half my pet names like sweetie, honeybun...... which is one reason why I loved the book.

The book takes us through the lives of both Ollie and Jenny; how they fall in love, get married, their married life, the troubles and hardships they face, and eventually the end. I don't want to spoil the book for anyone so I won't say what happened, but it BROKE MY HEART!!!

I loved this story, and if you're a hopeless romantic like me, then you need to read this - in fact I think everybody needs to read this story at least once in their life.
I know the title is "Love Story", and love is the theme, but it's not just love of the romantic sort. There's love between family, between friends; love in the form of passion.

There aren't many pages in the book, and the writing is of a good size, so there isn't a whole lot of words. The words that are there, however, are really, really good.
One of the most profound statements from the book is:
                                         "Love means never having to say you're sorry..."

This phrase is so important in the story, and it was this exact line that made me cry - and I NEVER, EVER  cry when reading books!

I'd rate this story 4.5 out of 5 - my only issue with this book, and I'm being really picky here, is the fact that I didn't understand some of the phrases, and I just wish it was longer!!!!

I hope you liked this review, and that you all have an amazing Valentines Weekend - whether it is with someone special, or on your own.
Till next time

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