To pay tribute to the book, I shall write this thing in English excuse any of the grammar mistakes
of all the love stories--whether in the form of films, short stories, play, etc etc-- One Day is among one of the Bests. At first i wanted to say "romance", since it is between Em and Dex, a man and a woman. but ultimately it is not just a book about 20-year long entangled love letters and epic dramas. Nevertheless it is a love story between a perfectly apt woman and a just as perfectly apt man.
The reason, i believe, is that the love depicted here, the love of friendship, of lovers, of family and of life, is extremely close to life. Such love is mundane, worldly. evident or not, it is in the cosmos of our hearts and of any modern city.
You find it between all the trivial matters of your day to day life, between your key chain and your wallet, between your gel pen and your coffee mug, between your quarrel with you mom and your really-need-get-rid-of phone, between the day your homework is assigned and the due date.
such worldliness conveyed through One day is present in both the writing style and the plot.
This strong sense of reality throughout the book in no ways renders the love insignificant. Quite the opposite, it makes it extraordinary. we don't usually fell in love with a vampire, we don't usually make a promise with a handsome laddie during a beautiful summer, we don't have the chance, really, to experience the dramatic, epic, unusual kind of love that is usually present in many love stories.
But we be ourselves, occasionally attempting to be someone else; we fall in love with more than one people, out of many many different and many similar reasons; we get frustrated with the loved ones; we don't always end up with the right person; we get lost; we lose our parents; we grow out of old friends and old days; we want to be friends with certain people but things don't always work out the way we want to; at different points in our lives we realize things that went wrong and try to fix it, which don't always work out. We deal with the predictability of life, the repetition of it; but at the very same time we face the unknown, crossroads or even just a eye-full of mists.
Emma's life is like this, Dexter's life is like this, and their story is the just the same. Emma spent 20 years convincing herself with her perfectly reasonable brain that Dexter is anyone BUT her lover; Dexter spent the same amount of time in the misery of metropolitan life before he realizes all what he really needs and wants.
Em and Dex needed the 20 years. For both of them to grow up, to realize things, to understand. They grew up together. They spend time--sometimes together sometimes individually--with all the good and bad parts, the black and white--and the most of all, the grey parts of life.
Emma needed the confidence and courage and Dexter the pragmatism and peace (of mind) before they would finally "get together". they both have dark moments and unperfect history--ones they'd rather not happened--during the years. But it is exactly the unperfection, that made life and love and people and just about everything so deeply moving, rivetingly sweet, and truthfully warm. They matured, they learned to love before their relationship transfer into romance from friendship; and when they finally "fall in love", they make a great couple. and no happily ever afters. there are little unpleasant quarrels, but they've learned to get along with each other. to me things should be like this: two best friends won't necessarily fall in love, but a great couple will always have to also be a great pair of friends. love is more than the passion. the best kind of love has the power to inspire people to be the best of themselves.
she made him decent, and in turn he made her so happy.
One Day tells us a story of two lives in its frankest state. No glitters and glamorous, only salts and seasoning. It paints a portrait of life in the way it is in reality, joys and tears, the things we could have and can change, the things we are powerless against, the coming and passing, and the perpetuities.
there are much more things in the book than what i just wrote. one more thing i'd like to mention Emma's dreams and Dexter's career is another theme that left a strong impression. Life doesn't always work out the way we wanted to, but in its own way it works out fine--as long as you remain keen in the simple course of life, Such strong love for life itself the author convey through the story is among one of the things in this book that really moved me, and also, is what made the book great.