I read Love Story by Erich Segal some years back, and didn’t like it all that much. I decided to revisit the book once more a couple of days back, as my way of paying a tribute to Segal, and I was surprised to find that I LOVED it!!
Note: Plot partly revealed
The second time around, I discovered all the emotions that the author has portrayed, and I now know why this book is so much loved the world over. It makes you feel the lives of the protagonists – Oliver and Jennifer.
The storyline as such is quite commonplace, somthing that you’d find in a lot of Bollywood movies – rich boy meets poor girl and they fall in love, the girl is dying and the guy goes to his rich dad to ask for money to save her, putting behind him the animosity built between them over the years, and in the end, all is well. However, the narration by Segal is beautiful; it makes you feel each and every emotion that Jenny and Oliver go through.
It is one of those books that is light and easy to read, and you can’t put down till you are done with it, but that stays with you for a long, long time. I’m SO, SO happy to have rediscovered this priceless book, and I really don’t know why I didn’t like it earlier!! I was probably out of my senses at that time!! 😦
Mush, tragedy, humour – this book has the right amount of everything, and makes for a small but powerful read. The different shades of love that Segal has painted are just beautiful, and left me wanting for more.
I now badly want to read the sequel to Love Story – Oliver’s Story. If you haven’t read this one already, go grab a copy!! It’s definitely worth a read and more!! 🙂
My rating: 4 stars
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