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One of the classic love stories that really JUST stays in everyone's mind. Could you name any sad love story aside Romeo and Juliet or Rhet and Scarlet? And one could answer in a gasp "Ah...Oliver and Jen"
This book really stucks its essence and inspires so many young creative people up to this day. I can honestly say that in my humble opinion, all cheesy classic sad-end love stories these days that come in the form of songs, films and even literatures are all inspired by this book. Maybe not the same, but the silver lining here is this book.
It is just a little bit pitty that I read this when I ALREADY become a little 'sinistra' about life in general. So the book stung me on the surface not on the deep core. Although I do much agree with all the phrase and such about "Love conquers all".
I guess then again Love really conquers all....more
"Lost love is still love, Eddie. It just takes a different form, that's all. You can't hold their hand... You can't tousle their hair... But when thos"Lost love is still love, Eddie. It just takes a different form, that's all. You can't hold their hand... You can't tousle their hair... But when those senses weaken another one comes to life... Memory... Memory becomes your partner. You hold it... you dance with it... Life has to end, Eddie... Love doesn't."
The book that taught me the idea of death, God and life's never ending unanswered questions.
I vaguely remember when exactly I read this but I remember I read this couple of months before I broke up with my current-boyfriend and it was around the end of the year. Maybe September-October to November. It is significant to know when I read because it is one of the reasons why this book just stays in my mind.
I pictured myself as Eddie. An old man with so many bruises (physically and emotionally) draging the last breath he had to carry before he died and saved a little girl's life. With a cause he died (which for me is amazing!) and the sky went darker like any scene we might see in movies or stories about the long tunnel after we are no longer connected to this life and earth (classic - but I kinda fond of this typical scene). Then he met the five people that bumped into his life for a second and even for a lifetime that he might didn't remember or know them before when he was alive. These five people were there to answer all of his unanswered questions about his life and why God had purposes with him in his life even when he thought that he had no value at all - This too amazes me still; have you EVER wondered why are you here on earth? why God made you so grand that He let you breath-eat-work-smoke-have sex-make decision-go crazy-fall in love-make mistakes-cheat-be bad-curse-etc? doesn't that make you feel so little to know that now?)
And the story evolved from there. And all the classic questions that I believe WE all are facing now are written so nicely by Albom. With jokes, with poems, with simple everyday words. Albom didn't preach within this book which I think it is the risk of writing such subject - and the fact that he didn't preach makes it universal for all races and religions to read. And be spiritually touched.
And so how does this effect on me with the broke-up? Highly emmense. I was angry all the time and didn't understand why I was treated so bad by a man and how I thought I have not a value to go on. Then a friend's death which rolled me back to the time I read this book in the first place reminds me of how life goes on (and how life NEEDS to go on). God has purposes with us, even if it means only to be a bell-boy of a grand hotel, or to be a mistress, or to be a virgin queen or to be an ordinary guy standing on the train station. Little things matter the most.
On the account of this book, I got to know that Albom had written another grand book about life-death-God previously before this book. I haven't read the previous one; Tuesday with Morrie (which led to a movie), so I am really looking forward to read it after reading this. I hope that book will be highly amazing and enlight me like Five People did....more
This book for me is a literature version of "Girl;Interrupted". Plath wrote this story that many people agree had revealed her biography - speaking abThis book for me is a literature version of "Girl;Interrupted". Plath wrote this story that many people agree had revealed her biography - speaking about a talented young woman traped in depression - like Plath herself traped in her depression with her self, her marriage, and her life in general.
I can honestly say I was a little suicidal after reading this. I guess I was in my own mental breakdown when I read it and shared the same jar perhaps with Plath herself. Of course I can not compare my shoes with hers, but it was in the same journey of being a woman with so many things in her head; we just can not control our own thoughts (good and evil).
I really was amazed by this book. A complete semi bright and dark path that I think I needed to walk in....more
Penggemar setia Tracy Chevalier, this book would probably be the book that I love THE MOST of all her books I have read (Falling Angels, Girl with A PPenggemar setia Tracy Chevalier, this book would probably be the book that I love THE MOST of all her books I have read (Falling Angels, Girl with A Pearl Earring). Mungkin karena berbicara satu tokoh yang selalu saya cintai dengan amat sangat; Bunda Maria. Agak melankolis dan sangat berbau sejarah - seperti yang saya baca dalam kedua buku karyanya sebelum ini - yang justru alasan utama mengapa saya menyukainya. Tracy selalu menampilkan sebuah research yang tertutur dengan baik dalam karyanya (dan deskriptif). Buku ini sangat membuat saya terbuai dengan tutur sejarah legenda Bunda Maria di Perancis - mengapa ia memakai kain biru sebagai penutup rambutnya yang (konon) diyakini rakyat Perancis berwarna merah, juga mengenai konflik Katolik dan Protestan di Perancis abad pertengahan, sangat menarik untuk dinikmati. ...more
I bought the Indonesian copy and to be frank it doesn't do any justice (so for all of you Indonesians, please be aware to buEnchantingly haunting me..
I bought the Indonesian copy and to be frank it doesn't do any justice (so for all of you Indonesians, please be aware to buy the English copy) The way the story goes, slow, back and forth, and haunts us to keep reading more and more.. Although you might find yourself lost in between, but maybe that's what the essence of "History of Love"..there are a lot of essence of memories, dreams, hopes, and broken images of the past-present-future.. I haven't finished it yet, as I really need to find an English copy rather than to continue the Indonesian copy.. So you whomever had finished it..do share some tale of your impression of it (not the synopsis of course)...more