Nicholas Sparks: His Life, Literature, and Impact on Today's Society

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“I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I've loved another with all my heart and soul and to me, this has always been enough.” That is a quote from The Notebook, a famous book written by Nicholas Sparks in 1996. This quotation inspires people to have faith that love is the only thing in the world that they need. They need not have prosperity or fame. They simply need an individual to love with all their hearts for all eternity. The world is a place where love seems to somehow find its way through in the most difficult of times. Nicholas Sparks is a dedicated author, father, husband, and donor …show more content…
Nicholas Sparks was raised as a Roman Catholic with his older brother and younger sister Danielle, who died at the age of thirty-three (“Literature.wikia.com” 1). Nicholas Sparks is clearly intelligent based upon the language he uses in his books, but upon further research it was determined that Sparks was valedictorian of his class and accepted a full ride athletic scholarship to Notre Dame (“Literature.wikia.com” 1). While studying there, Sparks met his future wife, Catherine Cote, on spring break from college and married her a year later (“Biography.com” 1). However, their happy wedding was short lived. Just six weeks after the wedding, Sparks’ mother was killed in a tragic horse riding accident (“Biography.com” 1). Despite the life changing events, life kept churning around. Sparks still needed to pay the bills and care for his newborn son, Miles. This is when Sparks started working on the manuscript for The Notebook (“Biography.com” 1). This was his big breakthrough. The Notebook was his first published novel and perhaps his most famous. The Notebook is a heart wrenching romantic novel that shows two teenagers, Allie and Noah, finding summer love that might possibly be something more. After fourteen years of separation, Allie and Noah finally come back together, but things have changed in the past years. Allie is engaged to a well-to-do lawyer and Noah has just spent the past few years at war. Despite the ring on Allie’s finger, there is a