Sunday, February 7, 2010

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks




The owl can sense love in all its forms: new love, sibling love, filial love, love of God, love of an endangered species, love of music, love of friends. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks exemplifies them all, and what better occasion to celebrate them than Valentine's Day?


Seventeen-year-old Ronnie (played by Miley Cyrus in the upcoming movie) and her younger brother Jonah are leaving New York to spend the summer with their Dad (played by Greg Kinnear) in North Carolina near the beach. Their parents have been estranged for three years, and Dad Steve wants to reconnect. Ronnie rebels as her life is established in a totally different direction, and she doesn't want to disrupt it. She even objects to her father playing the piano, a love they once shared. Because of the way he interprets love, he walls the piano room up, a step closer to understanding.





When a nest of loggerhead sea turtle eggs is found on the beach behind their home, the common cause of watching and protecting them creates a bond that brings them all closer, including Ronnie's "southern" boyfriend (played by Liam Hemsworth).


One clue we have to Steve's big-heartedness is his reading the Bible. He quotes to Ronnie (at her request) Galations 5:22: "But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." "Life, he realized, was much like a song."

8 comments:

  1. Margaret
    I have not yet read your post fully but am so excited to see you back. Where have you been? We 'be all been wondering...

    Talk soon

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  2. Happy to see you Margaret!!!You have been missed.

    Love heals all, if we let it and it can be found anywhere, if we look and listen to our song.

    Love to you...Wanda

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  3. Hi Margaret, so happy to see you back again. I hope all is good. You certainly have been missed...julie

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  4. Hi Margaret,
    I wondered what happened to you and than I noticed your post on my reader! This sounds like a good movie! Glad to see you back.
    Love Di

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  5. Hi Delwyn~ It's so great to hear from you and see that radiant face! Yes, we'll talk. Love me

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    Hi Wanda~ And thanks for your beautiful line about love. Remember that "the greatest of these is love." Love me

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    Hi Julie! Thanks for stopping by, old friend! I thought about you on New Year's Day when the Tavern on the Green closed forever. Love me

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    Hi Diana~ Thank you! And let's both see the movie, then report back! Love me

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  6. Hello,hello Margaret, I have been soooooo worried about you. What happened? Where have you been? You have been very missed. Good to have you back. Hope this comment gets to you, I have tried several times. Let me know. lol, Shelia

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  7. Welcome back my dear friend Margaret. I was a little bit worried and I sent you an e-mail without any response... Hugs.

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