I have recently read a novel that I deem one of the best novels I have ever read, A Walk To Remember , of the American writer, Nickolas Sparks .
In fact I had the inclination to read this novel from a friend of mine
who loves it a lot and considers it the best novel he has ever read so
that he made me love it even before reading it and induced me to read it
from the way he talks about it.
The novel is a flash back of a
story that happened forty years ago. It weaves the story of two
teenagers, a boy whose name is Landon and a girl named Jamie who live a
doleful yet wonderful love story.
The story is told by a fifty
seven-year-old man, Landon, who recounts us the story of his life at the
age of seventeen, the year that changed his life forever. He, at this
age, remembers every detail and every tiny thing had happened forty
years ago as if it was yesterday. He can retrieve all what happened when
he was seventeen as if it didn’t elapse forty years.
changed forever at the age of seventeenth when he falls in love with
Jamie. She is the unique girl of a baptism; she is a young girl who
always tries to help the others and thinks of them even before herself.
Her kindness and white, wide heart make her adorable for every one; she
never meets any one without greeting him with a large smile. Her
meekness can make an evil an angel in front of her.
Landon, with his
friends, used to tease and poke fun at the way Jamie wears especially
the brown sweater she always wears which he hates the most, and the way
she wears her hair, besides the fact that she always holds her Bible;
you never see her without seeing the Bible in her hands.
of Jamie and Landon are living in the same street and going to the same
school but Landon has never talked to her or admired her because she
isn’t from the kind of girls he prefers and likes. He never expected
that he will fall in love with a girl like Jamie Sullivan but he does
without knowing that this love will be the love of his life and Jamie
will be the girl who will change his life forever. The play he performs
with her opens the door wide in his face to recognize how wonderful
Jamie is and what a white heart she has, the thing that makes him
falling deep in love with here. Weeks rotate, and each day passes by
makes Landon loving Jamie more and more.
The new lovers live
wonderful days, yet these days don’t last for long for Jamie is sick;
she has leukemia since a year and she is still have just few months, if
not few weeks, to live. Landon gets shock after hearing the bitter truth
from his beloved’s mouth, yet that truth makes him understand many
things and recognize how great girl is Jamie; though she is sick but she
is always working on making the others around her happy and the party
she organizes on the Christmas Day for the kids in the orphanage is a
great proof for that.
Days rotate and Jamie’s sickness progresses to
make her thin and weak until she becomes bedridden, but Landon continues
visiting her every day to read the Bible for her and try to spend nice
We get reading the novel waiting the day when
Landon tells us that Jamie has gone but he surprises us at the end of
the twelfth chapter by asking Jamie’s hand, an unexpected action that
surprises the reader and throws him into a perplexity wondering whether
Landon has taken the right choice or no, whether he does that out of
pity or because he loves Jamie. But he, without any doubt, has chosen
what his mind and heart tell him to do; marrying Jamie is a logic end
for that great love. Landon, knowing that Jamie will die in few days,
asks her hand and makes her dream to walk in the aisle come true. Though
she is feeble and can hardly walk but Jamie prefers to walk down the
aisle to marry Landon.
The story ends at the day when the two lovers
get married, it was the most wonderful day in Landon’s life, the day
that he will remember for the whole of his life and which will be the
last memory that floats through his mind.