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The History of Love spans of period of over 60 years and takes readers from Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe to present day Brighton Beach. At the center of each main character's psyche is the issue of loneliness, and the need to fill a void left empty by lost love. Leo Gursky is a retired locksmith who immigrates to New York after escaping SS officers in his native Poland, only to spend the last stage of his life terrified that no one will notice when he dies. ("I try to make a point of being seen. Sometimes when I'm out, I'll buy a juice even though I'm not thirsty.") Fourteen-year-old Alma Singer vacillates between wanting to memorialize her dead father and finding a way to lift her mother's veil of depression. At the same time, she's trying to save her brother Bird, who is convinced he may be the Messiah, from becoming a 10-year-old social pariah. As the connection between Leo and Alma is slowly unmasked, the desperation, along with the potential for salvation, of this unique pair is also revealed.
The poetry of her prose, along with an uncanny ability to embody two completely original characters, is what makes Krauss an expert at her craft. But in the end, it's the absolute belief in the uninteruption of love that makes this novel a pleasure, and a wonder to behold. --Gisele Toueg --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Beautiful story, well written, engaging, heartbreaking and lovely.
The characters are well drawn and uniquely identifiable by voice, making it easier to follow the multiple story lines and perspectives from which they are told.
One of the first books I have read in a long time that, when I finished, I turned right back to the beginning and started again.
Although its beautifully written, it took me over halfway through to feel that the story was fluid. I had a hard time differentiating each characters story change from chapter to... Read morePublished 9 days ago by genevieve newman
one of my favorite all time stories . I loaned it out so purchased it just to have in my libraryPublished 20 days ago by veronica t mallett
This book just captures you and takes you through such an engaging and intriguing story of two people whose lives come together in a way you wouldn't imagine, but likely is typical... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Adrienne Mattern-Schain
I loved the way the author wrote and described certain inner feelings of the characters. I also enjoyed the way all of the characters intersected towards the end of the novel. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mccurls
Great literature. The words flow into sentences that wrap around your heart and your mind. Confusing and clear, interesting use of opposing pages, opposing world views. Read morePublished 1 month ago by rhenschel
I almost don't want to review it because I worry my writing would do this book injustice. It is a beautiful and elegant story that weaves together rich and complex characters,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by sns1102