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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.
Nicole Krauss' writing style is very unique.
While complex and beautiful, this story took great care to weave the lives of multiple characters together in a very satisfying way.
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.
I couldn't finish it on my first try but when I started from the beginning again a few months I pushed through, and I'm glad I did. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Zynfandel Tank
The History of Love was an intriguing novel. It follows the stories of two people....
First, an old man who's just waiting to die. Read more
Words cannot describe how much I loved this book. I feel like Zvi comparing himself to Leo. Ms. Krauss is a superb talent who can paint a picture with words that is absolutely... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stella Beckett
I was confused and amazed. I think it might be some of the best writing I have ever read. But it is not easy to understand. Here is a clue. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ellen Brazer
I first heard her talk in a movie about Philip Roth. That was no coincidence. The kinship between the two is remarkably strong, and yet there's no sign of imitation in this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Aron Koszeg