Book No. 41 – Fork In The Road

4 Apr

Book number 41 is called “Fork In The Road” by Denis Hamill. This is the story of Colin Coyne, an American filmmaker who travels to Ireland seeking inspiration. Sitting in a pub one night, he catches a pickpocket trying to steal his wallet and with one look into her dazzling, enigmatic eyes, he becomes obsessed with finding out who she is and what her story is. Purely for the sake of his research (or so he tells himself), he becomes enthralled in every aspect of Gina Furey’s (the pick pocketer’s) life. She gives him the material for a marvelous movie, unleashing the secrets of the gypsy criminal underground and she eventually even lets him inside her heart and complex and incesstual family. This book is both a tragic love story in which opposites attract and also a riveting drama that will keep you glued to the book and you will not be able to put it down!

Which begs to question. Are the best love stories the ones in which you know can never last? The ones in which the people are just TOO different.

Here are some of the best love stories of all time.

Tristan & Isolde.

Romeo & Juliet.

Jack & Rose from Titanic.

Rick & Ilsa from Casa Blanca.

Ennis Del Mar & Jack Twist from Brokeback Mountain.

Paul Varjak & Holly Golightly from Breakfast At Tiffany’s.

Spike/Buffy & Angel/Buffy from Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

Meredith & Derek from Greys Anatomy.

Johnny Cash & June Carter.

Nathan & Haley from One Tree Hill.

Lady & The Tramp.

What defines “true love?” We always hear people romanticizing the idea of love and we have Hollywood to thank for that. Obviously, all girls are going to believe in that once in lifetime kind of love when Nicholas Sparks is over there making heartwarming, tear jerker love stories every year. For me, relationships need a variety of things to make it last, but the most important is passion. If there is no passion, whats the point? You want to know why “the nice guys always lose?” It’s because no matter how nice of a guy you are, if you can’t make her feel the passion – the intimacy of feeling infinite, then she will never truly love you. “Passion, it lies in all of us, sleeping… waiting… and though unwanted… unbidden… it will stir… open it’s jaws and howl. It speaks to us, guides us, passion rules us all, and we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love… the clarity of hatred… and the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion maybe we’d know some kind of peace… but we would be hollow…empty rooms shuttered and dank. Without passion we’d truly be dead.”

If you don’t have passion, you aren’t truly living.

I dated a really nice guy. He was perfect on paper. Kind, considerate, smart, affectionate, thoughtful, generous, etc. But there was no excitement, no spark, no passion. He was dull, predictable, safe. And when I was dating him I realized that this is a guy that would never do anything to hurt me. He would never cause me pain. But I could’t help thinking that isn’t that where the fire comes from? The pain. Can a nice, safe, normal relationship really be that intense, that passionate? Maybe it sounds stupid, but deep down inside I feel like real love and passion go hand in hand with heartbreak and pain. You have to have both to even truly have one, don’t you? Being in a relationship with someone who will never hurt you… that isn’t real. People are always going to hurt you, that is life, that is how you know you are alive. Anyone who has never been hurt is either the luckiest person in the world… or the loneliest.

If you endure the pain and heartbreak… you will find the love you crave.


Taylor Jordan


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