Book: Love Story by Erich Segal

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 The judges for the National Book Award threatened to resign unless “Love Story” was withdrawn from nomination.(source)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.

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    Posted February 12, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    actually i never read books. even if i start with i never ever finish the book. but the moment i started reading this book i was in a different world. i have loved this book and gona buy it. the story is so touching that i literally CRIED WHICH I USUALLY DON’T. I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK.

  2. Posted March 1, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    I have even seen the movie. it complements the book very well. Must watch

  3. S.Sindhiya
    Posted March 17, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    I am so glad to have found one more fan of Erich Sehgals Love Story!

    lots of fun

  4. Posted April 29, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Permalink


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  5. Madhurima Mukherjee
    Posted June 24, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    I liked rather loved the book, i read it just after reading A WALK TO REMEMBER by NICHOLAS SPARKS.. bOTH the books left me mesmerized

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