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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.
This is a sweeping love story that will entrance you. I found its thesis both troubling and enticing. You will love it too.Published 2 days ago by laddy bug
Human-nature funny. Touching. Beautifully told. Even the page layout reflects the conversation in some places. A hint of magical realism. Some surprises along the way. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Nancy
Exellent book. Beautifully written, several unqiue writing styles employed by the author, heartfelt, hopeful, and an intriguing story.Published 4 days ago by lbr1022
The way the author open possibilities and manages them all without letting you down is fascinating. Plus the depths of the feelings , the loss, the love, war can take almost... Read morePublished 1 month ago by taisfrozi