|Publisher:||Grand Central Pub|
|Publish Date:||Dec 1999|
|Number of Pages:||240|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.52|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.28 x 0.76 x 7.94|
Nicholas Sparks was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on New Year's Eve, 1965. As a child, he lived in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and Grand Island, Nebraska, finally settling in Fair Oaks, California when he was eight. In 1984, he received a full scholarship to run track and field for the University of Notre Dame. Sparks wrote one of his best-known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28. It was published in 1996 and spent 56 weeks on the New York Times hardcover best-seller list followed by another 54 weeks on the paperback list.
Sparks has had a string of New York Times bestsellers including: A Walk to Remember, Message in a Bottle, The Rescue, A Bend in the Road, Nights in Rodanthe, The Guardian, The Wedding, True Believer and its sequel, At First Sight, Dear John, The Last Song, Safe Haven and The Best of Me. Safe Haven became his eighth film adaptation. Sparks is involved in many local and national charities, and is a major contributor to the Creative Writing Program (MFA) at the University of Notre Dame, where he provides scholarships, internships, and a fellowship annually. Along with his wife, he founded The Epiphany School in New Bern, North Carolina and the Nicholas Sparks Foundation.
This unabridged recording of Sparks's best seller is likely to be popular, but careful listening is required as past and present are interwoven into a seamless story. Showing a slow portrayal of love that endures over the years, the novel involves a couple facing the loss and indignities that Alzheimer's brings to the end of well-lived lives. Noah's love for his wife, Allie, sees him through each day of visiting her in the nursing home.
His deep love for her and his desire for her have not diminished over time. He reads to her the story of their love, even though she does not often recognize the main characters. This would be little more than a small love story if Sparks were writing about young love, but instead he is writing about enduring love that struggles to remember all that is good even as a devastating disease threatens the loss of memories, too.
Narrator George Guidall does a good job as both young and old Noah. But his portrayal of Allie is just a bit too vapid and wispy for this reviewer picturing her less soft, less girlish, a stronger woman with a good deal of mettle. That quibble aside, this will surely be a popular addition to audio collections in all libraries. Nancy Paul, Brandon P.L., Wis.
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Here is a first novel that many people are banking on: the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club are featuring it as a main selection and film, foreign, and serial rights are already sold. At 80, Noah Calhoun reads daily from a notebook containing the love story of Noah and Allie. We learn of the teenaged lovers, their 14-year separation and reunion in New Bern, North Carolina, just weeks before Allie is to marry another man.
Back in the present, we learn that Noah and Allie did marry and were happy for more than 40 years. Now, they are residents of a nursing home, separated both by rooms and, more profoundly, by Allie's Alzheimer's. Noah's daily reading from the notebook is not to himself; he reads aloud to Allie, hoping that the power of their love story will reach her. Noah's coping mechanisms as an old man are exceptional, and the novel's format, focusing just on the dual beginnings of their love story and its denouement, is intriguing.
This is a more romantic testament to love's enduring miracle than Robert James Waller's The Bridges of Madison County (LJ 3/1/92) because the Calhouns chose the rigors of daily domestic life over a dream of four days. For all popular collections.
- Rebecca S. Kelm, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights
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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 thirty-one, Noah Calhoun, back in coastal North Carolina after World War II, is haunted by images of the girl he lost more than a decade earlier.
At twenty-nine, socialite Allie Nelson is about to marry a wealthy lawyer, but she 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.
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