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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.
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
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss blends together the life stories and fates of several of the novel’s characters with beautiful imagination and artistry; it symbolically and... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Lisa Bourbonnais
Amazing novel. Was recommended to me by a my manager (mid 30's single mom) as one of her top 5 favorite books and I think it's now one of my top favorites as well (mid 20's... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Leslie Norgart
The book within the book is beautiful. A little difficult to get into the book to start with, as there are several characters, times and countries, but the read was eye-opening to... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Flora
Nicole Krauss has built a very greatful and enjoyable book, plenty of light and inviting to live the life. Very good written, very very uncommon in current times.Published 18 days ago by Carlos Finkelstein
This is the kind of book where characters and settings are introduced to the reader slowly, kind of like Gilead. The pieces come together in a meaningful way in the end. Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. Cox
It was confusing, at times; however the writing was very good and the 'bringing it together' was done well. It made for a very interesting Book Club discussion. Thank you!Published 1 month ago by Barbara S. Tillman