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The Class

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  6,404 Ratings  ·  214 Reviews
From world-renowned author Erich Segal comes apowerful and moving saga of five extraordinarymembers of the Harvard class of 1958 and the womenwith whom their lives are intertwined. Theirexplosive story begins in a time of innocence and spansa turbulent quarter century, culminating in theirdramatic twenty-five reunion at which theyconfront their classmates--and the balance ...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published January 1st 1986 by Bantam (first published 1985)
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Vivian Valvano
Jun 20, 2012 Vivian Valvano rated it liked it
What can you say about a novel by Erich Segal? (Sorry: I couldn't resist writing that.) This was actually a pretty enjoyable read. Not anywhere near great, but not anywhere near the bathos of "Love Story," either. I read it only because I knew that one character writes a musical version of a portion of "Ulysses." His story is but one of many threads in the novel, but I'm glad that I read it. And I finished it in Dublin, just before Bloomsday. The class in question is the Harvard class of 1958 (S ...more
Feb 19, 2010 JoPaul rated it it was amazing
Do you know how it feels reading an Erich Segal's?

Well, it's a comforting arm when you're somber. Better than your favorite TV show. It's just so good you can't help asking why did it end? You'll gonna insist that he's supposed to write longer or in a series. And the best thing is, after you read it, you'll never learn to forget it- the specific details of the plot, the undying lessons learned and the complex yet realistic characters in the story.

That is why I admire and like him the most. He's
Feb 19, 2012 Abhinav rated it really liked it
Have you ever read a book that has the undefined power to take you through a journey even when you know that you are not a part of the theme but still feel the happiness, agony, frustration that the characters go through? That is what makes this work special, yet awesome and that is what you call the class in real sense.

Written about The Harvard class of 1958 (though fictional), Erich’s story circumscribes around the lives of five main characters who enter Harvard as children and exit as men who
Jul 30, 2015 Rajan rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama
It a very emotional and romantic story of students of Harvard university and it traces there journey from the class to big bad world and how they cope. must read.
Cynthia .
Jul 17, 2011 Cynthia . rated it really liked it
With this book, I first felt how it was to miss the characters. They were cast in a way that was almost factual, like they were people I knew who had become a part of my life. Maybe that was why I felt a longing for them afterward.
Nov 02, 2014 Ayushi rated it really liked it
I really, really, really want to get beyond the free sample of this book. Too engaging!!!

Done reading. Erich Segal, if you ever read this, do tell me if Andrew Eliot got married to George Keller's ex-wife.Its pretty important to know so as to have that complete reading experience. What a lovely, lovely book. I think this is one of those books that fulfills all my needs and taste I look out for in a book. Only because I don't belong to the class of '58, I won't say that this book defines my life
Rafal Szymanski
Apr 12, 2012 Rafal Szymanski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novel follows the life of five different people, from the time they enter Harvard as eager freshmen wanting to change the world, to their graduation anniversary 25 years later. We have an eager pianist wanting to reach the top of the world, a Hungarian immigrant who wants to join to the highest ranks of the White House, a hard working Greek dedicated to study of the classics, a sporty blonde gentleman who conquers others at tennis and squash, and finally a son of an aristocrat, who is trying ...more
Harshit Sahay
May 17, 2015 Harshit Sahay rated it liked it
A really wonderful saga of 5 students of the Harvard class of 58, this novel packs a magnificent saga into some 500 odd pages. While it doesn't exactly thrill and mesmerize, it still manages to create exactly the right amount of interest in the reader. Adding realism to the story by including events like the Vietnam War and the Middle East Conflict really helps one relate better to the loves and laughs of Andrew, Jason, George, Danny and Theodore. One of the few drawbacks was that the ending cou ...more
Malgorzata Leszczynska
Przyjemna, wielowątkowa lektura, przy której można się zarówno pośmiać, jak i zasmucić. Świetne kreacje bohaterów, w których z łatwością można odnaleźć samego siebie. To typ lektury, przy której dobrze się odpoczywa i odrywa od codziennych obowiązków. Polecam :)
Fauzia Ahmad
I've wanted to read this book 'cause of particular reasons :
1. I liked " Doctors " by him.
2. And mainly 'cause I knew this book is about Reunion of a class, and I was very excited to read about that.

Infact, once I saw this book in a bookstore but since I had already bought two books, I was short on money to buy this one. So, I decided that I'll get this one later. Now, recently, I bought it at the book fair and that too at cheaper rates, and believe me I am feeling so good that I didn't buy it e
Feb 05, 2016 Dr.J.G. rated it liked it
Erich Segal might have been excused to take it easy after the success of Love Story, but he went on to attempt to do better, to make sense of a lot of things he lived, and did do well in the process, as a writer. This is part of that attempt and success.

It is about a "class" graduating a particular year from Harvard, and how they proceed with their lives subsequently. There is a reasonable spectrum of people likely to be in a class in Harvard though he refrains from intimate portrayals of any "s
Anupriya Sinha
Jan 01, 2016 Anupriya Sinha rated it really liked it
"The Class" is truly class apart. the characterisations of each of the five Harvard alumni is so intricately done that you feel connected. Very complex issues addressed with each of the 5 members ranging from political to religious to marital to power struggles. All explicitly addressed for each member, one at a time, yet consecutively, through the years. Nothing, success or failure, lasts forever. Fame, power and money should not be the goals of life.
A duly recommended book !!
Sep 24, 2016 Khushi rated it really liked it
Entertaining!! Childhood, life at Harvard ,pressures ambitions , relationships and profession . Our parents, people who touch our lives and people who leave our lives impact it in certain ways. A book that leaves us thinking. Studying in one of the best college, ambitions to reach the top and some do make it to powerful places.Still emptiness in personal lives! Who is a successful person ?
Varun Goel
Jun 12, 2015 Varun Goel rated it really liked it
A wonderful story that takes you through the lives of five different characters and makes you attached to them. It shows the different turns that one's life can take. It makes you feel sad seeing most of the characters end up the way they do, and makes you realize what you are today would not be how you would be tomorrow. Nothing, success or failure, lasts forever. Fame, power and money should not be the goals of life. A life lived for oneself is without meaning and will not give one eternal hap ...more
Prashant Mishra
Feb 24, 2016 Prashant Mishra rated it liked it
The Class is reflection of the rat race which prompts us to shape our lives. It is the search of perfection which guides the gullible young souls to seek refuge in institutions which might act as gateway to the much hallowed success. In the process, human life takes shape which makes us realise its amorphous nature. The Class of '58 through the sanity of Andrew Eliot answers many questions and forces us to introspect. Alas! We are doomed to live our lives drinking the cocktail of our deeds and d ...more
Aug 25, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: literary
I would have rated three and a half if i could have rated a half.

On the whole, i would recommend this book. If you're a lover of Jeffrey Archer's books, especially those that span a lifetime, then you'll probably like 'The Class'.

My problems with it are me being ultra-picky and ultra-critical. When the main characters graduate, on the whole everything comes so easily to them. While they have some personal problems (divorces etc) career-wise, things work out incredibly well, very quickly, even if
Urvi Dharamshi
Aug 23, 2016 Urvi Dharamshi rated it really liked it
The way this book traverses through the late 1950s to the early 1980s with incredible ease telling us five simultaneous stories is amazing. The book kept me captivated throughout and the political events during the period made the story very realistic. For an outsider this book was a small window into the world of Harvard, the campus and its life.

Most importantly, this book toes the fine line between success and failure. Three of his five characters succeed in life in the conventional sense but
Heba Naseem
May 15, 2011 Heba Naseem rated it did not like it
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Rosanne Swiatek
Aug 06, 2012 Rosanne Swiatek rated it really liked it
Excellent following of 5 very different fictional members of the Harvard Class of 1958 from their various struggles for acceptance all the way through to their 25th reunion. Very complex issues addressed with each of the 5 members ranging from political to religious to marital to power struggles. All explicitly addressed for each member, one at a time, yet consecutively, through the years. Very interesting and complex mix of characters along with what appears to be very up-to-date political info ...more
Apr 28, 2010 Bharathkumar rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Every one
First thing i have to say of the book class is "It is an CLASS ACT". The book traces life history of five persons who join the Harvard class of 58 and till their 25th reunion. One of the characters that impressed me most in the book was Jason Gilbert. U will find his character change from Casanova type to typical patriot. Then George Keller i think i liked the character very much at first but Erich Segal points about human minds weakness through this character. The character also symbolizes why ...more
Jan 30, 2008 Leigh rated it it was amazing
I got this book in a mixed lot that I bought from eBay. I really did not think I would like it, as the cover didn't really pique my interest, nor did the book summary.

I picked it up out of boredom and one day and was pleasantly surprised when the book gripped me so tightly that I read it all in one day (500+ pages).

The Class explores the lives of a group of class members from Harvard's class of 1958. We read about the new freshmen arriving on campus, roommate/dormitory assignments, cliques, cla
Arni Purnamawati
Dec 28, 2011 Arni Purnamawati rated it it was amazing
Buku yang bercerita tentang kehidupan mahasiswa di Harvard College. Banyak diantara mahasiswa baru di Harvard college ini adalah mahasiswa terbaik di SMA nya dulu. Bahkan banyak pula anak tokoh-tokoh terkenal seperti anaknya Aga Khan dan keluarga Rockefeller.
Seperti buku Erich Seagal sebelumnya yang pernah saya baca tentang doctors, buku ini pun penuh dengan kerja keras.
Seorang mahasiswa musisi genius. Saat gurunya berkata berlatih satu jam, dia berlatih tiga jam. Kemampuan musiknya diatas rata-
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vise visa
Dec 29, 2007 vise visa rated it it was amazing
Andrew Eliot comes from the Boston Brahmin Eliot family. Due to his background, he always feels the pressure of high expectations, and suffers from a lack of confidence as a result. He is otherwise laid-back and friendly, and a good friend to all his classmates. To experience life without privilege and to fulfill his military obligation, he serves in the navy as an ordinary swabbie. After his military service, he makes an ill-fated marriage to the daughter of one of his father's classmates and t ...more
Ira syarif
Dec 13, 2011 Ira syarif rated it liked it
Shelves: cumi-cuma-minjem
tidak seperti love story yang sukses merebut hati saya dan membuat saya betah membacanya berulang-ulang, tapi lumayan oke. berlatar belakang di Harvard, salah satu universitas paling bergengsi di dunia.

Erich mampu menceritakan bagaimana sulitnya perjuangan untuk menembus Harvard dan beradaptasi di dalamnya. Ada juga yang cukup mudah menembusnya karena dukungan keturunan dan kekayaan. Orang yang diremehkan saat ini, bisa jadi akan menjadi orang terpenting di masa depan. dan secara jelas menunjukk
Jan 19, 2009 Pirhot rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Sebelum membaca buku ini, gua tidak pernah mendengar penulis novel bernama Erich Segal. Steven Seagal mungkin sering terlintas, tapi dia adalah bintang film. Awalnya hanya sekedar iseng melihat-lihat di toko buku TogaMas, dalam rangka menghabiskan waktu untuk menunggu mulainya jadwal mengajar. Ketika pandangan mata dialihkan ke bagian novel, gua mulai mengambil novel satu-persatu mulai dari yang menarik judulnya, sampulnya, ataupun penulis yang memang sudah gua kenal. Ketika sampai di novel ini ...more
Mar 23, 2008 reabdimation rated it really liked it
Apa yang akan terjadi pada kamu, setelah keluar dari kampus, dalam 10, 15, dan 25 tahun mendatang?

this book really hits my in!!

Yah, secara keikutsertaan gw di kampus FKUI tinggal menghitung bulan, pertanyaan tadi adalah salah satu yang paling sering berputar di kepala. Oke, gw udah dokter. Lalu apa?

Dan buku ini datang dengan tema yang bener2 nancep dengan kondisi hati gw saat ini..

Bukan buku abal-abal, Erich bener-bener mampu menggarap tema krusial tentang diorama intra-kampus dan pasca kampus.
Nov 12, 2008 M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I haven't been motivated enough to read the more ambitious novels on my shelf, and just wanted the kind of read that is like a big bowl of steaming pasta - total comfort reading. As such, I borrowed The Class to read for the zillionth time (though I haven['t read it for years) - anyway I decided to come back to where I posted it here (I've missed writing reviews and while this is sort of a cop out, ntil I have more time or energy this will just have to do) because it's so interesting to re re ...more
Vasanth Gurushankar
Oct 30, 2014 Vasanth Gurushankar rated it really liked it
Nostalgic. Really if you have enjoyed your college days, this book takes you through a ride into your memory lane.

The gradual change of childish acts to a level of maturity is brought out well. It drags a bit when it comes to a few characters..but some characters makes a impeccable impression in mind. Diary entries of Eliot are his only consolation. A deep set melancholy set in me after reading his part..even after reading the end.
Aug 04, 2016 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The prototype for Daniel Rossi is Joseph Raposo - Harvard 1958 (the same year as Erich Segal's) graduate (see
Jason Gilbert and Ted Lambros carry some traits of Erich Segal's own persona.
Andrew Eliot is WASP idealistic symbolic figure, whom Erich Segal admired in his young years
(compare with Oliver from "Love Story).

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Erich Wolf Segal was an American author, screenwriter, and educator. He was best-known for writing the novel Love Story, a bestseller, and writing the motion picture of the same name, which was a major hit.
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