Love Story by Erich Segal

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Oliver Barrett IV, a wealthy jock from a stuffy WASP family on his way to a Harvard degree and a career in law . . . Jenny Cavilleri, a sharp-tongued, working-class beauty studying music at Radcliffe . . .

Opposites in nearly every way, Oliver and Jenny are kindred spirits from vastly different worlds. Falling deeply and powerfully, their attraction to one another defies everything they have ever believed—as they share a passion far greater than anything they dreamed possible . . . and explore the wonder of a love that must end too soon.

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.

 

About Erich Segal

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ERICH SEGAL's first three novels, Love Story; its sequel Oliver's Story; and Man, Woman and Child, were instantaneous bestsellers and became major motion pictures. The Class, another New York Times bestseller, won major literary prizes in France and Italy. Segal once again reached #1 on the New York Times list with Doctors. His other fiction includes Prizes, Acts of Faith, and Only Love, which was made into a successful CBS TV mini-series. Segal also published widely in Greek and Latin literature, which he taught at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. In 1998, the French government awarded him the Legion of Honour. He passed away in 2010.
 
Published November 1, 2011 by Avon. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance, Humor & Entertainment, Education & Reference, Children's Books. Fiction

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The Guardian

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Jenny, a poor Italian girl, meets Oliver, a rich boy, at Harvard, marries him and then dies.

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The Guardian

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You know, strangers meet, the sparks fly and next thing you know, they're engaged and their parents and families prevent their true, sweet, love which has most probably lasted only for a week.

Nov 25 2011 | Read Full Review of Love Story

Publishers Weekly

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Already slated for a 1998 Hallmark Entertainment miniseries, this tale of older-and-wiser deathbed romance from the popular Segal (Love Story;

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BC Books

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A film is cut quickly, but the viewer has no way of filling in the action, so you get a sort of narrative strobing, whereas in this film, the cuts work because the setups so strongly reinforce what will happen, which is confirmed no less than a scene or two later.

Jul 28 2010 | Read Full Review of Love Story

BC Books

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Unfortunately, outside of his relationship with Jenny, IV's character is entirely defined by his acting horrifically to his parents for no particular reason, and as he takes out his parental hatred on Jenny, Oliver Barrett IV, the center of this film, is someone we actively dislike.

Feb 07 2012 | Read Full Review of Love Story

All About Romance

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I knew going in - and I hope this is no surprise to anyone, considering the fame the book and movie have gained over the last 30 years or so - that this story was not going to have a HEA.

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Suite 101

The second novel in the Outlander series chronicles the adventures of Jamie and Claire Fraser, and their participation in the Jacobite uprising of 1745.

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BookRack

After failing (i.e., after Jenny fails to conceive), they consult a medical specialist, who after repeated tests, informs Oliver that Jenny is ill and will soon die.

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