MY TOP TEN FAVOURITE BOOKS : LOVE STORY by ERICH SEGAL
This is my sixth entry in the list of my favourite top ten books.
What do I write about this cult novel? This book is the mother of all love stories. I absolutely adore this book.The first time I read this novel, I was around 17years old and was not able to undertsand the depth of emotions present in this thin book. I again read this book around 5 years back, and I was totally moved by this tragic yet beautiful romantic story.
It is the tale of two college students whose love enables them to overcome the adversities they face in life. Oliver Barrett IV, a Harvard jock and heir to the Barrett fortune and legacy, and Jennifer Cavilleri, the quick-witted daughter of a Rhode Island baker.Though they come from two very different world, they are immediately attracted to each other and their love deepens.After graduation they get married against the wishes of Oliver's father who breaks away all the ties with his only son.Without the financial support of his father, Oliver and Jennifer have to struggle to pay for his degree from the Harvard Law College. As a result Jennifer has to forego her music career and take up the job of a teacher in a private school.
The story of Jenny and Ollie is a story of two young people who come from two separate worlds and are joined together in the unlikeliest of ways.But inspite of all the hardships and differences, their love never diminishes, rather, it increases with each passing day, so much that they are able to understand what the other is feeling without the actual verbal expression.
I have read this book endless times, yet even today, I cry profusely when Jennifer(Jenny) dies in the end and Oliver walks out in the cold outside the hospital, where his father meets him and says sorry. Upon which Oliver replies, "Love means never having to say you're sorry..." and breaks down in his father's arms.
This book is my solace whenever I am feeling low or sad. No wonder this book features in my top ten list of favourite books.