It was first published in 1970. Yet we find the book everywhere even today, in every bookshop in the best-sellers racks, and almost on every roadside book shop in every Indian city. I have been sighting this book as long as I could remember looking books on the roadside shops in Hyderabad. Long before I actually started reading fiction.
Love Story by Erich Segal is a little masterpiece, and yet standing like a giant in the genre of ‘romantic novels.’ The book is actually based on the screenplay the author wrote and the movie was produced by Paramount Pictures.
Critics, however, severely pronounced the book as banal and not qualifying to be called as literature. The judges for the National Book Award threatened to resign unless “Love Story” was withdrawn from nomination.(source)
To hell with the critics. The book became a number one best seller among the general public and is widely read even today.
I wanted to read this book from a long time and never got the interest to buy, as I always had a couple of other books waiting to be read. A couple of days back when I was watching the titles of a Telugu movie, the director credits this book as the inspiration for the movie. I decided I should give this book a try.
Coming to my thoughts on the book, I think this is really a good book. For first, it wont take more than a couple of hours to finish with an average reading speed. And it really is worth the time spent reading it.
A love story of a Harvard student, whose last-name spoke more than his first-name, and a working-class girl. They fall in love and the guy leaves the fortune he was supposed to inherit from his father, to marry the girl.
Overall, I really liked the book and the signature line of the novel was so well written:
Love means never having to say you’re sorry.
The opening line is so intriguing that it’s hard to put it down after reading it.
What can you say about a 25-year-old girl who died?
Read this book if you have a couple of hours of free time to kill. Trust me, you wont be disappointed. But let me warn, this story has a sad ending.
PS: I had no plans of writing about this book here. But, today, after finishing the book I immediately checked in google to know more about the author, Erich Segal. I realized he died on Jan 17th. Exactly, a day before my book was delivered. That prompted me to write a couple of lines about the book here. And I hope you liked reading it.