The Class by Erich Segal – Book Review


From world-renowned author Erich Segal comes a powerful and moving saga of five extraordinary members of the Harvard class of 1958 and the women with whom their lives are intertwined. Their explosive story begins in a time of innocence and spans a turbulent quarter century, culminating in their dramatic twenty-five reunion at which they confront their classmates–and the balance sheet of their own lives. Always at the center; amid the passion, laughter, and glory, stands Harvard–the symbol of who they are and who they will be. They were a generation who made the rules–then broke them–whose glittering successes, heartfelt tragedies, and unbridled ambitions would stun the world.

Book Review:

Before reading this book, I had already read “The Love Story” by Erich Segal which I did not like much. But then someone told me that “The Class” is an interesting book about reunion of a class of the Harvard of 1958 (though fictional) and that was enough to raise my curiosity about it. Reunion stories always appeal to me which is why I picked up this book and I must say the concept of the story was great. The Class is a saga of 5 students who meet after 25 years and it’s time for a look back on “golden days” (or – not so golden?).

The book takes you through a journey around the lives of these five main characters. Through these five lives, the author draws us in to social, academic, romantic, musical and political spheres of the 50’s, 60’s and the 70’s. The job has been done in such an impeccable way that you feel the happiness, agony, frustration that the characters go through even though you know that you are not a part of the theme. Each character is unique and has a distinct personality with its own struggles and challenges. The USP of the novel is its simplicity that creates exactly the right amount of interest in the reader.

The narration is very good; all the characters being defined very well. The book also acts as a small window into the world of Harvard, the campus and its life (Erich Segal has himself graduated from Harvard in 1958).

Overall the book is simple yet powerful enough to enchant. Pretty enjoyable.

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