by Evamaria Mayr

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Chapter one: Miracles

The Notebook opens with an unnamed narrator asking “Who am I?” Soon the readers understand that the narrator was an 80 year old man, who lived in a type of retirement home.The man wasn’t really happy.He walked down the hall into a room, where there were two nurses . He was visiting his wife who was suffering from dementia. Soon he started to read from a notebook to her, like every day, with the hope that the miracle that had come to dominate his life would once again prevail.

Chapter two: Ghosts

The man started to narrate a story , that happened in October 1946: A young man called Noah, without a job, started to fix up an old house in New Bern. He finished 11 months later. Noah felt very lonely in New Bern- all he had was a dog called Clementine and all he did was read poems, play his guitar or think of the old happy times with his father; But sometimes he thought about his first love, Allie.

On a clear morning and a hundred miles away, the old man narrated, a 29 year old woman, called Allie, with beautiful blue eyes and blond hair wondered if she had made the right decision. The right decision to meet Noah again, after 14-years of separation, to clarify the “never forgotten things”, and to tell him about her engagement with Lon, a very successful lawyer.Lon didn’t know the real reason she had left the following morning because she had made up a good excuse. Once arrived in New Bern, Allie was still unsure about her decision to meet Noah again, until she opened her pocketbook and came to a folded- up piece of newspaper.

 

Chapter three: Reunion

Once Allie arrived at Noah’s place, the old man continued, Noah and Allie kept silent, each one lost in ones thoughts, memories and feelings. Finally, Allie broke the silence and greeted Noah. Allie admitted that she was not only engaged to be married, but that the wedding was in three weeks.

After a long talk, Noah then invited Allie to stay for a crab dinner. Allie followed Noah to the dock. While he inspected the crab cages, Allie inspected the dock and found the inscription “Noah loves Allie,” which was carved in the dock just days before she left, 14 years before.

During the Dinner Noah finally asked Allie why she had never responded to his letters, after that Allie didn’t know what to say, because she never became any letter. Then Allie understood that it was her mother who had hidden every single letter from Noah, because she didn’t want her daughter to be together with a poor boy like him.

Later Allie almost admitted, that she felt forced to come to meet Noah, after she had seen a picture of Noah´s old house in the newspaper. During the course of their conversation, Noah found out that Allie didn´t paint anymore; he was shocked because it was her passion. Noah asked to see her on the following day, and promised to show her a special place. Allie agreed to meet him. At the end of the chapter, the readers understand that Noah still loves Allie, and what happened the summer 14 years ago, was not just a summer romance for him.

Chapter four: Phone Calls

In the meantime, Lon tried to call the Hotel where Allie was staying, but he was not successful. After a few unanswered calls, Lon noticed that something was wrong. Soon he became reflective , especially because he remembered that Allie had spent a summer in the town, she was visiting. Then Lon was thinking, what Allie’s mother had told him years before about her summer romance there.

 

Chapter 5: Kayaks and Forgotten Dreams

This chapter begins whit Allie, who spent her morning with thoughts about Noah and remembered the old times from their summer together. Later, Allie was shopping in downtown and thinking about Lon. Then, Allie went in an Art shop where she bought pencils, paper and colors. She spent the rest of the morning with painting and wondering why she had ever stopped doing it. When she was ready to leave the Hotel to see Noah again the manager told her ,that Lon had called a few times, but she ignored it even though Lon tried to talk to her on the phone two minutes after she had left the hotel.

In the meantime Noah was getting ready for Allie’s arrival, he had prepared the Kayak up to the river, in front of his house.

Chapter 6: Moving Water

Noah was sitting in his chair, drinking sweat tea and listening for Allie’s car to arrive , when she finally got there . Immediately Allie wanted to see the promised surprise, so Noah explained her, that it was a mile up the river, but that they would get wet eventually, because it was about to rain. Allie didn’t care about that, so Noah brought her to the surprise.

Chapter 7: Swans and Storms

Once arrived there, Allie was embraced, hundreds of white swans surrounded the Kayak, Allie fed some of them with bread .It was very magical and beautiful. In this moment Allie realized that she still loved Noah. When they were driving back it started to rain and both got wet. Arrived at home Allie put on some dry clothes of Noah and they shared a drink in front of the fire. Later, Noah admitted to Allie that she was his first love and that he still loved her. And Allie admitted that she had never physically been with another man and that she also still loved Noah. So they spent the rest of the day and the night together.

 

Chapter 8: Courtrooms

This Chapter begins with Lon asking the judge if he could leave his job earlier, because he had to do something very important. The very important thing he had to do was driving to New Bern, so he did.

Chapter 9: An unexpected Visitor

The next morning, the old man narrated, Noah made breakfast for Allie while she slept in the living room. As soon as they had finished eating breakfast they made love again. Around noon someone knocked on the door, Noah opened the door and he stared at a beautiful woman in her early fifties, it was Allies mom Anne. Allie and Noah were shocked by her arriving. Soon Anne revealed that Lon had called her last night to ask about Noah and that he wanted to come to New Bern. Allie spoke with her mother, who handed her out all the letters from Noah as well, before leaving. Despite holding a grudge mother and daughter made peace again.

Chapter 10: Crossroads

Very confused after this, Allie was not sure if she could stay with Noah. So she decided to leave and return to her Hotel. In this chapter, readers understand that Allie loved Noah but there was still something between Allie and Lon, so she had to make a decision. As she left, she gave him a kiss and promised to return. Noah was very sad and thought that she would never come back.

Chapter 11: A letter from yesterday

When Allie was driving back to the Hotel, she started to cry. She didn’t know what do to at this point and when she got her crying under control she decided to open the last letter-it was about how much Noah loved her and how much he thought about her every day. Then Allie, with all the courage she had, went to talk to Lon, who was waiting in the Hotel for her.

 Chapter 12: Winter for two

The story ended there and the old man stopped reading. He closed the notebook, removed his glasses and wiped his eyes. Then he revealed that he had been married for 49 years and said that he would do everything for his wife, although he knew that soon she would pass away. The old man talked about poems and his experiences. Later his wife started to ask some questions:

“How does the story end and which one did she choose? Do you know these people?”

The old man smiled and answered: “By the end of the day you will know”

The old man took his wife’s hand and she asked if he had written the story and he admits he had. He was convinced that this day was a good day. His wife didn’t know who the old man was so she asked “Who are you?”. At this point readers understand the connection with the first chapter, when the narrator asks himself “Who am I”. Finally readers understand that the old man was Noah and his wife was Allie. Noah wanted to remember Allie, by reading their story every day. At the end Allie understood that the old man was Noah and for a moment she remembered everything, the miracle happened. Now the reader knows: Allie chose Noah and they got married. Noah donated the house in New Bern and transformed it in a retirement home.

The night after, Noah wanted to see Allie in her room, he knew that it was prohibited to go to Allie’s room at night, but this time he decided to break the rules. The story ends when both lied in Allie’s bed, held their hands and closed their eyes forever.

 

Nicolas Sparks:

With over 90 million copies of his books sold, Nicolas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. He was born in 1965 in Omaha, Nebraska. He has published eighteen novels and two non-fiction books. Several of his novels have become international bestsellers, and eleven of his romantic-drama novels have been adapted to films, like The Notebook. In 2011, he founded the Nicolas Sparks Foundation to inspire and transform student’s lives though education, curriculum development and live changing international experiences. Today the author lives in North Carolina with his wife and family.

Personal Opinion:

I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. I think that it was really romantic and dramatic. I also liked the way it was written . Sometimes I didn’t understand some words or phrases but in general is wasn’t really difficult. I also saw the film. The story is a little bit different and there are more details. Although I really recommend this book and you should read it, if you haven’t.

(c)  Evamaria Mayr

 

 

 

 

 

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