Last week I picked up Erich Segal’s Love Story at the university’s library and spontaneously decided to include it in my 52 in 52 Reading Challenge for 2016. Yes, you read correctly, I intend to read 52 books in 52 weeks!
The introduction, written by Segal’s daughter, as well as the Goodreads review described it as ‘one of the most adored novels of our time, this is the book that defined a generation—a story of uncompromising devotion, of life as it really is . . . and love that changes everything.’
Well… It was a nice, light, uncomplicated read. Nothing more than that.
The book tells the story of two college students, Oiver, a half macho half sensible jock from a wealthy family on his way to a Harvard degree and a career in law, and Jenny, a sharp-tongued, working-class music student. They meet, fall in love, overcome the socioeconomic differences of their upbringings (or at least try) and get married after college graduation. I’m not going to spoil the end, but it is a ‘love conquers (almost) everything’.
Instead I’m going to focus on what has become one of the most famous lines from the book. If not the most famous, since it was even featured on the cover of the edition that I read.
A friend of mine (who hopefully will not come after me in case she reads this post) recently went on a date with a guy. They met through mutual friends – Christmas holidays: connecting people. According to her assessment of the date, it went pretty well. Even though they were two relatively different people with regard to lifestyle and interests, they seemed to get along; no lengthy uncomfortable silences.