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."
Posted by Margaret Pangert at 10:36 PM