Marriage + Relocation = A lot of work + A lot of chaos + A lot of friends + A lot of relatives + A lot of formalities + Travelling and tiredness + Lot of things on mind = No reading 😦
Yes, that’s how it has been the past couple of months. After I completed the Orbis Terrarum Challenge last year, my reading had been almost non-existent. Hopefully, that phase has passed now, and I’ll be back to my usual quota of reading. Well, I’ve made a start. 🙂
I needed something light but engrossing to begin with, something that I would enjoy reading and yet would not stress my brains. So, that’s how I picked up one more Nicholas Sparks novel by the name of ‘Dear John’ at the Thailand airport. The storyline on the back cover interested me, and it seemed just like what I would like to read at the moment. It took me more than the usual time to finish this book, but, yes, the first read for 2009 is down now! 🙂
Note: Plot revealed
Dear John is the story of a militaryman called John, and it revolves around his relationship with his girlfriend Savannah as well as his father, and how his being in the military affects both. John is somewhat of a rebel when he is a youngster, and his relationship with his father is under immense strain on account of his father’s apparent lack of communication. It is under these circumstances that he joins the military. He meets Savannah when he is on a vacation, and the usual thing happens. They fall in love.
It is Savannah who points out that John’s father might have Asperger’s Syndrome, a disorder that could be the reason behind his unwillingness to talk about anything except his passion for coins. This brings the realisation that it is not that his father does not want to communicate, maybe he just cannot do it. This realisation considerably improves the father-son relationship, which makes John see Savannah in a different light.
John and Savannah share some special moments on the vacation, after which he goes back to the military. They write to each other and decide to wait till John’s term in the military gets over to get married. However, the stress of military life and the long distance between them creates a strain on John and Savannah’s relationship. Circumstances make her come close to Tim, Savannah’s childhood friend, a guy whom John has met and liked. She writes a ‘Dear John’ letter to John, and that’s the end of their relationship. Then 9/11 happens, and John decides to extend the term of his service in the military. Life is tough on him, and he loses his father during this period.
Several years later, in a typical Bollywoodish setting, John goes back to Savannah’s hometown, where he discovers that Tim is dying of a melanoma. Savannah is working on a ranch, trying to help autistic children, something that has always been her dream, and leading a tough life. All three of them – Savannah, John and Tim – realise that the old flames between Savannah and John have not died down. In spite of Tim and Savannah’s attempts to reignite these flames, John feels that it is best to move out. And that is exactly what he does – leaving Tim with the proceeds from the sale of his father’s coin collection, so that he can continue with his expensive treatment.
The epilogue shows John returning to Savannah’s place secretly one more time, and he sees a recovered Tim leading a happy life with Savannah. He also notices something that proves that Savannah still has a soft corner for him, and with that satisfaction, he returns back to his routine life.
I found the book to be very average, the nothing-great types. Somehow, I just could not digest the plot. 😦 Though I was kind of disappointed with the book, I loved reading the part where John realises that his father could have a problem, and the consequent improvement in their relationship. Overall, not a book that left any lasting impressions.
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