Love Story (1970) by Erich Segal
by Erich Segal
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A chip-on-his shoulder, silver-spooned jock falls for a self-aware, straight-shooting Italiana. I’d never read Love Story or seen the movie, so my reading was firmly stationed in 2011, and I can’t speak about the pleasure first-timers felt when they made the book 1970’s big hit.
I thought I’d find Love Story a little sappy, but I can get behind good sappy; what I didn’t expect was that it would make me mad. What a raw deal for Jenny! She gives up a music scholarship in Paris to get married, supports Oliver through law school, works hard, and, just a couple years after he settles into his job, dies. Her death makes possible the reconciliation between father and son, which feels like the novel’s true love story. As for Oliver and Jenny, the relationship is frustratingly two-dimensional: After he throws a phone
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