MÓNICA DÍAZ The Notebook is a 1996 romantic novel by American writer The Notebook is a 1996 romantic novel by American writerNicholas Sparks, based on a true story. The novel was later adaptedNicholas Sparks, based on a true story. The novel was later adapted into a popular film of the same name in 2004. into a popular film of the same name in 2004.
CHARACTERS:Main CharactersNoah CalhounThe narrator of the book and the main character, Noah is a good and kind man whofell in love with Allie fourteen years before the novel opens. He has never forgottenher and is overwhelmed with how much he still loves her when she returns to tell himshe is engaged.Allison NelsonA young woman who comes from a privileged family, she spends a wonderfulsummer with Noah when they are young, but is forced to leave when her parentsdisapprove of their relationship. She meets Lon and gets engaged to him, butsomething in her makes her return to Noah to be sure she is not making a mistake.Lon HamiltonHe is Allie’s fiancé, who fights for her in the end, but is too late. He has allowed hiscareer to disrupt any hope he may have had to win her.
CHARACTERS:Minor CharactersMorris GoldmanA Jewish man who hires Noah for eight years in his scrap yard and leaves him part ofhis assets as an inheritance, which then allows Noah to restore his house.GusHe is the black man who lives down the road from the house Noah has restored. Hebecomes Noah’s only family until Allie returns.Anne NelsonShe is Allie’s mother and had so disapproved of her being with Noah that she hadnever delivered his letters to her daughter. She comes to warn them that Lon is on hisway to confront them both, and she finally gives Allie the letters.
PLOT:The story begins with Noah, a man in his eighties, reading anotebook to a woman in a nursing home, just as he does every day.He tells her the following story:“It is early October 1946. Noah is a 31-year-old man who returnsfrom World War II to his town of New Bern, North Carolina. Hefinishes restoring an old house built in 1772, after his fathers death.He is alone (except for his dog Cem and his friend Gus) becausesomething happened in the past that prevents him from sharing hislife with someone.Meanwhile Allie, 29, sees the restored house in the newspaper anddecides to pay him a visit. She tells Lon (her fiancé) that she wantsto visit some antique shops near the coast and that she needs a breakfrom planning the wedding.
They are meeting, again, after a 14-year separation, which followed their brief butpassionate summer romance when her family was visiting the town. They wereseparated by class, as she was the daughter of a wealthy family, and he worked as alaborer in a lumberyard then.Seeing each other brings on a flood of memories and strong emotions in both ofthem. They have dinner together and talk about their lives and the past. Allie learnsthat Noah had written letters to her, every day for one year, 365 letters after theirbreakup. She realizes that her mother must have intercepted his letters. They talkabout what could have happened between them without her mothers interference. Atthe end of the night, Noah invites Allie to come back the next day and promises her asurprise. She decides to see him again. During this time, her fiancé, Lon, tries toreach her at the hotel. When Allie does not respond to his calls, he begins to worry.
The next day, Noah takes Allie on a canoe ride in a small lake where swans andgeese swim. She is enchanted. On their way back, they are caught in a storm andend up soaked.When they return to his house, they talk again about how important they were toeach other, and how their feelings have not changed. Noah and Allie share a kissand spend the night together.
The next morning Allies mother comes to Noah´s house to warn them that Lon isin town because he doesn’t trust Allie. She says to Allie that she should follow herheart and she gives her the letters Noah’s letters. When her mother leaves, Allie istorn and has a decision to make. She knows she loves Noah, but she does not wantto hurt Lon. Noah begs her to stay with him, but she decides to leave. She cries allthe way back to the hotel and starts reading the letters her mother gave her. At thehotel, her fiancé, Lon, is waiting in the lobby”.
The man stops reading the story at this point, and tells the reader that he is readingto his wife, who suffers from Alzheimer´s disease and does not recognize him. Heexplains that he is also ill, battling a third cancer, and suffering heart disease, kidneyfailure, and severe arthritis in his hands.He resumes reading the story and describing their life together: her career as afamous painter, their children, growing old together, and finally the diagnosis ofAlzheimers. He had changed the names in the story to protect her, but he is Noahand she is Allie. They walk together and Allie, although she does not recognize him,says she might feel something for him.
That night they have dinner together. Referring to the story, she says that she thinksAllie chose Noah. Recognizing her husband, she tells him that she loves him. Theyembrace and talk, but after almost four hours, Allie fades and begins to panic andhallucinate. She forgets who he is again. A week later, after he had a stroke andrecovered, Noah goes to Allies room at night to see her. She remembered who hewas, despite the Alzheimers, and they lay together for the night.