‘The Notebook’ by Nicholas sparks is a contemporary love story set in the pre- and post-World War II era. Noah and Allie spend a wonderful summer together, but her family and the socio-economic realities of the time prevent them from being together. Although Noah attempts to keep in contact with Allie after they are forced to separate, his letters go unanswered. Eventually, Noah professes his undying and eternal love in one final letter. Noah travels north to find gainful employment and to escape the ghost of Allie, and eventually he goes off to war. After serving his country, he returns home to restore an old farmhouse. A newspaper article about his endeavour catches Allie's eye, and 14 years after she last saw Noah, Allie returns to him. The only problem is she is engaged to another man. After spending two wonderful reunion days together, Allie must decide between the two men that she loves. This story is framed by a contemporary man who is reading to a woman who suffers from Alzheimer's. The woman is understood to be Allie... but which of her two loves is the man reading to her? Noah first appears in the novel as an 80 year old man in a nursing home who is reading to his wife Allie, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease and does not recognize him. He is also ill, battling a third cancer, and suffering heart disease, kidney failure, and severe arthritis in his hands. He is reading a notebook written by Allie about their life together. When Allie found out about her illness she wrote in the notebook and she left with instructions for Noah to "read this to me, and I'll come back to you", but soon Allie relapses, losing her memories of Noah. “I understand, for she doesn’t know who I am. I’m a stranger to her.” The effects of Alzheimer’s disease lead Allie to not know who Noah was. No matter how hard he tried to get her to remember him it never worked. So naturally he always felt like a stranger to her. In many regards, Noah was the ideal man, he was...
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