Nights in Rodanthe

Happiness is that most young people seemed to think that those things lay somewhere in the future while most older people beleived that it lay in the past” – Chapter 15, Nights in Rodanthe, Nicholas Sparks.

When i started reading this book i felt myself thinking about Bridges of Madison County. While the latter is a masterpiece, the former is a bit amateurish. Also i can never understand how two people who spend about three days in all can find ever lasting, eternal love. It would take more time for me to trust a person, more time before beginning to open up about personal tragedies and definetly more time to fall in love… leave alone sharing the same bed. (Maybe am not one of those self confessed romantics afterall). The protagonists, however, seemed to field through these emotions and hold them dear for their rest of their life, in all but three days.

That said, the writing is brilliant. The author uses the right words and paints the picture of a women shattered by her divorce poignantly. The man who thought he was running for something, realises he is running away from something and wants to make amends with his son. The war he wages within himself is portrayed well and although we are not sure how he acheives this change, we begin to think he attained what he started after.

I’m not sure why the author introduced the character of a widowed husband trying to make a doctor understand what the loss of his patient has done to his life. No feelings evoked whatsoever.

If you are looking for a light read, pick up this book but its definetly not a romance on the likes of Francesca and Kincaid.


2 thoughts on “Nights in Rodanthe

  1. i agree!!!!the book was bad, and the movie even worse. (despite my hottie gere and lane).and i still cant get over sparks (as in a guy, sorry , chuavenistic, but it doesnt do much) writing these stories. I've read work by men which was emotional, but sparks is just pure soppy!!!his best was a walk to remember.i like the line u quoted though.

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