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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.
From the reviews I was expecting something more. I wanted a book that would draw me in and that I wouldn't be able to put down, but instead I could barely finish.Published 2 days ago by Jill Byrne
Was a mandatory buy for school. Useless and I can't even resale itPublished 3 days ago by nareena kernell
After reading so many good things about this book, I was really looking forward to reading it. The characters were interesting and yes, the writing is admirable. Read morePublished 10 days ago by K. Westrope
This book is a bit disappointing. I think there's a good story to be told here, but the writing is a little too erratic for me to follow. Read morePublished 10 days ago by bdbaxter13
This is an extraordinary book, a wonderful read. Trying to choose among the labels that Amazon provides does not do the book justice. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Michael A. Kalm
This book stayed with me for a long, long time. I couldn't get holocaust survivor, Leo Gursky out of my head. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Mindy S. HALLECK
Should be the history of wasted time and money. I couldn't get through the book. Most of what I did read I had no clue who the person I was reading about was. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amanda C. Cochran