The Notebook is a 1996 novel by the American writer Nicholas Sparks. It tells the story of Noah and Allie, a story opposed by many but in which love eventually manages to prevail over everything, even illness and death. Through a romantic and moving plot, Sparks succeeded with this novel in writing a work that attracted many readers, making it an international success. Noah and Allie meet when they are young during a summer holiday, fall in love and get together. But, Allie has to leave for Charleston and the two break up. Noah writes her many letters, but Ellie’s mother hides them because she doesn’t approve of their relationship. Allie and Noah meet again after many years and discover they are still in love. At the end of the story, we find Allie and Noah elderly; she is suffering from Alzheimer’s and he tells her their story every day to keep the memory of their life together alive.
The story of Noah and Allie fascinated audiences so much that the film was produced in 2004 and was a resounding success.
I saw this film with a friend of mine and I’m glad I did because of the beautiful sensations and emotions it gave me. I realised how a true and deep love can overcome any obstacle, regardless of time and distance. It is true love that is the undisputed protagonist of the film, which helps us reflect on how much it is sometimes undervalued or taken for granted and banal nowadays. One of the things that caught my attention is the epistolary communication that existed in the past and that has been replaced by the exchange of short messages without warmth and affection. Ever since they were children, everyone dreams of a love like theirs that continues over time and succeeds in erasing distance. Wouldn’t it be nice to return to eternal, romantic loves that fight against everything and everyone for their triumph?