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The Class

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  6,644 Ratings  ·  219 Reviews
From world-renowned author Erich Segal comes a powerful and moving saga of five extraordinary members of the Harvard class of 1958 and the women with whom their lives are intertwined. Their explosive story begins in a time of innocence and spans a turbulent quarter century, culminating in their dramatic twenty-five reunion at which they confront their classmates--and the b ...more
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JoPaul
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
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Vivian Valvano
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
Антоанета
Определено не е моята книга тази - не ми допадна! Изчетох всички близо 600 страници, но така и не ми стана ясно защо е написана?! За да ни покаже че животът никак не е розов, или колко е щастлива младостта, или колко са готини годините в университета, или че каквото и да се гради накрая съдбата ни изиграва...??? Книгата проследява живота на няколко момчета приети в Харвард в средата на 20-ти век, които принудени от обстоятелствата порастват и стават мъже. Животът им е разгледан поотделно дори с ...more
Rajan
Jul 17, 2015 Rajan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Abhinav
Feb 16, 2012 Abhinav rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Cynthia .
Dec 09, 2010 Cynthia . rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rafal Szymanski
Apr 09, 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
Ayushi
Oct 31, 2014 Ayushi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Harshit Sahay
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
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
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Anupriya Sinha
Oct 28, 2015 Anupriya Sinha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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 !!
Khushi
Sep 23, 2016 Khushi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ?
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 :)
Marta
Jan 06, 2017 Marta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lo que parecía un simple tebeo resulta ser una apasionante crónica del contexto histórico de Estados Unidos a lo largo de 30 años, a través de la vida de 5 graduados en Harvard en el 58. Personajes muy bien caracterizados, historias reales y creíbles que permiten abordar temas como política exterior (Camboya, Vietnam, Israel-Palestina), la ambición académica, el éxito y la fama, el divorcio... Muy recomendable.
Fatima Khanum
Jan 02, 2017 Fatima Khanum rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Segal penned down a wonderful story that evolves over two decades and is rich with emotions, both good and bad. The characters, a group of friends who hail from different backgrounds and yet are involved in each other's life, were all ordinary, yet special at the same time. Their lives as students, as professionals and as human being were very interesting to read about and to be learnt from as well.
Rohan R
Feb 17, 2017 Rohan R rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This is the first book I've read by Erich Segal and I really enjoyed it.
Each of the main characters was relatable as each exhibited his own distinct human failings.
The author also weaves the story and the characters' emotions through some key moments in history, adding much to how much I enjoyed this book.
Anmol Nayyar
Jan 02, 2017 Anmol Nayyar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
so this was the last one I read in 2016, the book was quite engrossing as I had expected except for few parts somewhere. The characterization was perfect. The lives of the characters entwined interestingly. Overall a good read. But I liked Doctors more than The Class.
Pirhot
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
Dr.J.G.
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
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reabdimation
Mar 23, 2008 reabdimation rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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M
Feb 27, 2007 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
Anu
Sep 21, 2016 Anu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I personally liked it. Made me contemplate inter alia as to how to measure success...by way of money earned or positions attained or having found happiness and having learnt how to be a good human.
Sababa
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Heba Naseem
May 01, 2011 Heba Naseem rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Rosanne Swiatek
Jun 08, 2012 Rosanne Swiatek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Arni Purnamawati
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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Fira syarif
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
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Chris
Apr 17, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Bharathkumar
Apr 08, 2010 Bharathkumar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
vise visa
Dec 28, 2007 vise visa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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