RATING : 4.9/5
“The Notebook” is one of the very few books which do not need an introduction, and I have to say that a literary piece as beautiful and poignant as “The Notebook” is an honor to read.
The novel is set in the breath-taking backdrop of North Carolina, where Noah Calhoun, a thirty one year old man, works on re-modelling his house, drowned in the memories of the past. Every day, he is haunted by the memories of a summer, 14 years ago, when he experienced a love so deep that it is still etched in his heart, and a bond so strong that he still feels’ her’ in his veins.
Allie Hamilton is the daughter of a high class socialite. To any person, it would appear that she is the happiest person in the world, as she is engaged to the city’s richest and most famous lawyer, has a great family, and a perfect life ahead of her. Little does anyone know of the thunder brewing in her heart. With every passing day nearing her marriage, all she can remember is the passionate love of a summer, 14 years ago. A passion which freed her, a love which tamed her, and a soul which became her.
Nicholas Sparks is nothing but a perfectionist. In ‘The Notebook’, he has penned down a novel inspired by the story of a real life couple, and this makes ‘The Notebook’ even more special. The characters share not just ‘chemistry’, they understand each other even when age, destiny, family, and the universe itself is against them. Noah and Allie are forced to part ways due to the hypocrisies of the society. The author has painted an arresting picture of a fierce fight they take up against all odds.
Yeah! You must be wondering how I forgot about the movie adaptation (Well, I was saving it to be the icing on the cake)! The transcreation is as good as it could possibly be. The protagonists that made the book so special, come alive and make you cry even harder on the screen. The book and its adaptation go hand in hand, just like the characters (Noah and Allie) they represent.
I suggest (read: demand :P) you to read ‘The Notebook’. It will compel you to relive every moment of love you have ever experienced, and restore your faith in the power of true love. (Keep tissues, like many rolls of them right next to you)
“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…”
― Noah Calhoun, The Notebook