"Love Story" By Erich Segal Essay

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ERICH SEGAL "LOVE STORY"(BOOK REPORT) During next ten minutes I would like to speak about the book by Erich Segal "Love Story". The first introduction to Segal and his works was rather prosaic. For the first time I read this book when I was a schoolgirl. There was such subject as World Culture. One day my classmates and I got the task to read Segal's "Love Story" for the further discussion. Since that time Erich Segal has become one of my favourite writers.Being a professor of literature at Yale, he is also well-known as the author of scholarly books on classical antiquity and is considered a member of the National Advisory Council of the Peace Corps. Besides this, Segal is a screenwriter. The screenplay to the Beatles' Yellow Submarine is his brainchild.When "Love Story" was published he was hailed as "the first important new writer of the 70's" and almost immediately the book became the number one bestseller. The screen adaptation of the book made the headlines. The names of Ali McGraw (Jenny) and Ryan O'Neal (Oliver) were on everyone's lips. Moreover, Ali McGraw was proclaimed as a trendsetter. Thanks to her, the so-called "college style" became very popular again.However, on the face of it there are no reasons for reading "Love Story" by Erich Segal. A preppie millionaire and a social zero's love story is a rather tedious plot with all inseparable components that are characteristic for saccharine novels. Yet, the book, written like a diary, made my emotions vibrate. Very memorable characterizations haunted me long after I had finished it.The meeting of Oliver Barrett IV and Jennifer Cavilleri in the college's library became fated for both. The offspring of the famous millionaires and the daughter of the pasta chef understood that it was love at first sight. After graduation they decided to get married. In the eyes of Oliver Barrett III the marriage was a misalliance. There was...

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