Love Story by Erich Segal
"Love means never having to say you're sorry..."The book that started with the popular love quote; young as I was when I first read it, it was to me as clear as a very foggy crystal. Perhaps I got scarred that she had to die, perhaps because I was in that HEA phase on my romance novels.
Still, the story of Jenny and Oliver remained with me. It lingered floating in and out of my mind for an unaccountable length of time I must say it definitely had a great impact. Considering it was a huge best-seller, I guess it's not only me.
Just as the rest of them, I shall put in my penny, too, and consider this a classic in the contemporary romance. To me it was like a beacon of an unforgettable young love; all spirit and angst, the turmoil of social realism, the price of courage and the little things that can turn our world upside down.
Reading this first was a great way for me to be introduced to Erich Segal and his other works (which I gobbled one by one). He writes characters that are impossible to forget and the route of the story often veers to the 'road less traveled' so to speak with readers left feeling bereft, torn, anguished, bittersweet.
I love the opening lines of the first chapter as Oliver narrates in uncertainty where he stands between Bach and Beatles to a girl who died and that it bothers the hell out of him. It just displayed to me how even in her death, she still keeps him on his toes and how he still gets vulnerable when it comes to her.
I read the book again after a passage of years and loved it more. Time, it seems, was a good teacher of wisdom and appreciation. In truth, it just made the cut sharper, the pain deeper. But, when all is said and done, I still say this is a love story with all capital letters.
Title: Love Story
Author: Erich Segal
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Published: 2012 (first published in 1970
Rating: ♨♨♨♨♨ (5 cups - Unforgettable and bittersweet.)