Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
May 18, 2012
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The story revolves around John's life when he was a carefree lad, and lived life according to his own rules, and then when he has to live in the complete contrasting conditions once he joins the army.
The female protagonist of the story is Savannah, who is a chirpy social bee.
John and Savannah meet in very natural circumstances, at the beach, from where their lives take new turns.
They develop a young, fervent love for each other in their hearts, but are shattered when John has to join the army back after his leave.
However, Savannah and John share a bond so strong that nothing can set them apart.
This novel is such a treat to the readers also because of the special bond that his portrayed, the bond John shares with his father, who happens to have a kind of Autism, and even then has successfully managed to raise John.
This novel reaches it's peak when our protagonists' relationship is not just as charming.
Nicholas Sparks does not fail to bring out the special connection between the father and a son, and at the same time highlighting the true meaning of love, and the kind of choices one makes for his special one, no matter how hard they can prove to be.
The author also uses letters exchanged between Savannah and John as a medium to render the sound and natural love they seem to have for each other.
Just as the Daily Mail has said in praise, it will have you weeping for the joy and tragedy of it all!
|Subject||Romance Novel, Asperger's syndrome|
|Publisher||Grand Central Publishing|
|August 7, 2007|
Dear John is a romance novel by American writer Nicholas Sparks released in 2006. Its plot is an adaptation to present day's American culture of three plays Marius, Fanny and César, called la Trilogie Marseillaise written by French author Marcel Pagnol c. 1930. It was on the New York Times bestseller list in 2007.
The story is about a romantic couple who fall in love over one summer. They are separated during the man's military service. John Tyree, the main character, has a father with Asperger's syndrome. The story is partially set in Wilmington, North Carolina where John's father was a single parent who had difficulty having meaningful conversation with his son and has an obsession with coin collecting. John knows there is something wrong with him but he has never been to a doctor to find out what it is. Feeling a lack of direction and no good fatherly influence in his life, John enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces.
John returns home on leave from the army when he gets news of his father's death. After the return he seeks out Savannah, where he is surprised to learn of her life events following her marriage to another man. It was obvious to John, Savannah, and even her new husband, that Savannah still had love for John. But he decided to let Savannah go- because he cared about her more than himself. Although drained by battle overseas and the loss of Savannah, he realizes that due to a legacy from his father, he's able to express his love in an unexpected way. 
Main article: Dear John (2010 film)
Dear John was adapted into a film in 2010 starring Channing Tatum as John Tyree and Amanda Seyfried as Savannah Curtis. The film was directed by Lasse Hallström and screenplay was written by Jamie Linden.