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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.
Well written - good story - and I kept thinking; Have I read this story before?Published 2 days ago by Liv Berit C. Vold
Pay attention, very hard to follow. If you get lost . . . go back and start again! Lots of beautiful passages and an interesting story, but I was so lost for most of the book. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Cassandra D
This is no ordinary book. If you love love and you love literature, this is the book for you. Enchanting, engaging, hated to see it end.Published 20 days ago by R. Brown
Sorry to say, but I was disappointed in this book after all the rave reviews. I rather enjoy reading challenging books but I almost put this one aside about 2/3s of the way through... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Venus
Very creative but also very convoluted. Soon as I finished the book I took a day off and then reread it. Everything sorted out on the second read.Published 24 days ago by Arthur Walsh
Normally my go to reading scale is that if a book makes me cry, then it's 5 stars.
This book is an exception to this rule. Read more