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THE NOTEBOOK BY NICHOLAS SPARKS
A Jewish man who hires Noah for eight years in his scrap yard and leaves him part of his assets as an inheritance, which then allows Noah to restore his house.
He is the black man who lives down the road from the house Noah has restored. He becomes Noah’s only family until Allie returns.
She is Allie’s mother and had so disapproved of her being with Noah that she had never delivered his letters to her daughter. She comes to warn them that Lon is on his way to confront them both, and she finally gives Allie the letters. When she leaves, she whispers to Allie that she should follow her heart.
The protagonists are Noah and Allie. They are very much in love, but
nearly lose each other because of societal influences. They ultimately
find the courage and the strength to be with each other as life soul mates.
Unfortunately, nature deals them a bad hand at the end of their lives
when Allie is struck down with Alzheimer’s disease. It is only Noah’s
great love that draws out her own and keeps them together.
The antagonists are Allie’s parents who don’t think Noah is good enough
for their daughter and Lon, who neglects the woman he loves by prioritizing
his career ahead of her. In the end, they have no power to keep these
two soul mates apart.
The climax occurs when Noah, having had a stroke and eighty years old,
reads Allie’s final letter again and is reminded of the promise she made
when she found out she had Alzheimer’s: she would try every way she knew
how to overcome the disease and be with him in the end.
Noah goes to Allie’s room late at night even though he is chancing a panic attack when she awakens. He means only to leave a poem under her pillow, but instead kisses her passionately. This causes her to awaken and recognize Noah, glad that he has come back to her. Their passion continues and Noah says they begin to slip toward heaven. This is such a vague ending that it’s possible to believe that they die there together once more just as Allie had promised.
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