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Greatest Love Stories - Books!

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Posted: 13 May 2005 at 1:46am | IP Logged

I am putting down this post after getting inspired by Nitica's recommendation of Acts of Faith as a great read! I don't know how many of you are into books and stuff, but I am completely crazy about Books and just devour them up! Since KYPH is a love-story, in continuation with its theme, I am putting down the names of some of the best love stories / romance based books that I have read (And no I do not include M&B when I talk about books!!!) And btw, the review is not mine, I would have written one for every book that I loved reading, but then I will just go on and on and on!

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LOVE STORY – With this begins one of Erich Segal most celebrated novels where he pens down a saga about two beautiful but totally different characters that fall in love with each other when they know they have nothing in common but love. The blunt and inspiring conversations of Oliver Barrett, a millionaire Harvard ice hockey jock and Jennifer Cavilleri a wise-cracking Radcliff music major are the highlights of this book. They are sure to bring an ear to ear smile on your face and feasibly even make you laugh. I have read this book about a 100 times, but it still evokes the same tears and laughers from me, in every read. Love story is truly a book to die for, a book for all ages, all occasion and a must read for every person who believes in the magic of love!

WUTHERING HEIGHTS - In a series of flashbacks and time shifts, Bront draws a powerful picture of the enigmatic Heathcliff, who is brought to Heights from the streets of Liverpool by Mr Earnshaw. Heathcliff is treated as Earnshaw's own children, Catherine and Hindley. After his death Heathcliff is bullied by Hindley, who loves Catherine, but she marries Edgar Linton. Heathcliff 's destructive force is unleashed, and his first victim is Catherine, who dies giving birth to a girl, another Catherine. Isabella Linton, Edgar's sister, whom he had married, flees to the south. Their son Linton and Catherine are married, but always sickly Linton dies. Hareton, Hindley's son, and the young widow became close. Increasingly isolated and alienated from daily life, Heathcliff experiences visions, and he longs for the death that will reunite him with Catherine. The passion with which Heathcliff loves Catherine can melt even a rock, it is a spine-chilling story of the power of love over human emtions!

LOVE IN THE TIMES OF CHOLERA - While delivering a message to her father, Florentino Ariza spots the barely pubescent Fermina Daza and immediately falls in love. What follows is the story of a passion that extends over 50 years, as Fermina is courted solely by letter, decisively rejects her suitor when he first speaks, and then joins the urbane Dr. Juvenal Urbino, much above her station, in a marriage initially loveless but ultimately remarkable in its strength. Florentino remains faithful in his fashion; paralleling the tale of the marriage is that of his numerous liaisons, all ultimately without the depth of love he again declares at Urbino's death. In substance and style not as fantastical, as mythologizing, as the previous works, this is a compelling exploration of the myths we make of love. One of the best love legends to have been penned, by my current favorite author!

DADDY LONG LEGS - Jerusha Abbott has grown up in the John Grier Home for orphans. As the oldest, she is in charge of the younger children. An anonymous benefactor on the Board, "Mr. Smith," decides to send her to college, as long as she writes to him faithfully detailing her education. Through a series of letters Jerusha writes to "Daddy-Long-Legs," a relationship filled with affection and respect develops, even though she is the only correspondent throughout the years. Jerusha and Mr. Smith are separated by every possible aspect, of age, social barrier, personalities, but still end up falling hopelessly and madly in love with one another! Wonderful read!

THE FAR PAVILIONS - The Far Pavilions is the story of a young boy, Ashton- also called Akbar and in northern India who was actually British and is saved by his Indian Amah (nanny) during one of the Indian uprisings that led to India's independence. Raised as an Indian he happens to meet and become friends with a young girl of royal family. Later as his British heritage becomes known, he is sent away to England to school, but never forgets her. As a British soldier he is sent back to India and is assigned to a group that is escorting a group from the north to a wedding in the south - along the way finding out that the bride is his friend Anjuli. The provice they travel to is very primative and she will not be having a pleasant life there as the newest of several wives, but she does her duty and goes. Not before falling in love with her guard and understanding what real love is. .

LITTLE WOMEN – Definitely not a classic love story, but who can forget the great friendship and deep, secretly hidden love between Jo and Laurie! When I read the sequel for this book, I was shattered to see that Jo and Laurie get married to separate people. Jo and Laurie share a beautiful bonding of friendship and trust, but are always fighting and squabbling with one another, till they get separated and realize what they actually mean for one another!

DOCTORS - One of my all time favorite books...if you love ER you will love this! The main story is about the Harvard medical class of 1962 with emphasis on the two main characters, Barney and Laura. They grew up next to each other and always aspired to be doctors, eventually ending up in medical school together. There is a lot of medical knowledge to be found here and many exciting hospital room scenes. There is also a simmering attraction between Laura and Barney that begs to be consummated and eventually is, though it takes many years filled with scientific celebrity and disappointing relationships to finally get there.

There are many more, will list them down later! I call upon all of you to contribute the names and a short review of some of the best love stories you have read! It can be anything, a novel, a short-story, an M&B novel, an article…..anything!

BTW, I am coming up with another post on the best romantic movies of all times.....its gonna be an English Movie thing, will come up with a Hindi list later!

Cheers,

Chilly

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Posted: 13 May 2005 at 2:45am | IP Logged
hey chilly thankx for the topic u rock u really made my vacations go incredily cool by reading these books thankx once again from this list i've read wuthering heights and little women but i m dying to read love story and acts of faith both by erich segal and yes i m a big book freak and luv reading every other book except for course books...!!!Smile

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hey chilly..thanks alot for sharing....definitely gonna grab some of those ASAP...
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wuthering heights and the far pavillions are really good... interesting topic chilly!
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Posted: 13 May 2005 at 4:27am | IP Logged

hey guys i have a book but i dont know wat u'd call it. it's not in the same leagu e as love story or nethin ut neways..

the books called 'Where Rainbows End' and its by Cecelia Ahern.

i loved this book its basically abt two best friends... i cant expalin it so i'll jus post the blurb...

Novel about two childhood friends whom destiny can't help toying with...

From naughty children to rebellious teenagers, Rosie and Alex have stuck by each other through thick and thin. But just as they're discovering the joys of teenage nights on the town and dating disasters, they're separated. Alex's family moves from Dublin to America - and Alex goes with them. For good.

Rosie's lost without him. But on the eve of her departure to join Alex in Boston, Rosie gets news that will change her life forever - and keep her at home in Ireland.

Their magical connection sees them through the ups and downs of each other's lives, but neither of them knows whether their friendship can really survive the years and miles - or new relationships. And at the back of Rosie's mind is whether they were meant to be more than just good friends all along!!!

Misunderstandings, circumstances and sheer bad luck have kept them out of each other's arms, but when presented with the ultimate opportunity, will they gamble everything - including their friendship - for true love?
Destiny, Alex and Rosie discover, is a funny thing and it isn't quite done with them yet...

this book was good!! it takes place over a number of years and its written in not the standard novel format but letters, postcards, emails, notes, etc

its a good read. Smile

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Posted: 13 May 2005 at 4:41am | IP Logged

wow man u all are into reading.................i just hate reading books...man i think u can do much more than reading.........well chilly nice little collection.......now i know why our english and describing abilities are soooo good!!!

but i have read the wuthering heights coz it was part of my course work in school...........it was good

kariya!

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Posted: 13 May 2005 at 5:02am | IP Logged
Thanx for the info Chilly
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Posted: 13 May 2005 at 8:24am | IP Logged

My recommendation would be:-

1) The Age of Innocence - written by Edith Wharton, this novel chronicles the life of Newland Archer, a New Yorker of high society at the end of the 19 century, who falls in love with enigmatic social outcast Ellen Olenska but buckles under pressure and marries the socially more acceptable May.

the story is stifling and painful, because Newland and Ellen's love is doomed from the beginning, as he understands his love for her and the incompleteness of his life without her too late. It was made into a beautiful film by Martin Scorsese, with Daniel Day-Lewis, Wynona Ryder and Michelle Pfeiffer in the lead.

2) Blind Assasins - By Margaret Atwood, this multi layered novel deals with love, loss, separation and waiting, and is haunted with ruined possibilities. One of its most beautiful lines says," Paradise is a garden walled with glass, because there are no stories there. It love and loss and misery and regret and yearning that pull the story forward on in its twisted paths..." If you don't like to feel depressed after reading novels, please do not read this one.

3) Wide Sargasso Sea - By Jean Rhys, this, is a prequel to Charlotte Bronte's immortal love story, Jane Eyre. It tells the story of the madwoman in the attic, Bertha Mason Rochester. Shows how mutual distrust, lack of communication, and inability to understand each other can ruin a relationship completely. Absolutely lyrical and a pleasure to read as well as one of the most haunting masterpieces of @0th century fiction.

I can see that I have not dealt with love stories that are happy, but I feel that there is a special poignancy and heart ache in stories that do not end happily ever after...they haunt us because they have no closure...one of the reasons why Wuthering Heights still continues to baffle, excite and pain those who read it. 

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