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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.
Beautiful story, well written, engaging, heartbreaking and lovely.
The characters are well drawn and uniquely identifiable by voice, making it easier to follow the multiple story lines and perspectives from which they are told.
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.
Stunning, moving, uplifting, poignant, clever, surprising, full of life.Published 8 days ago by Elizabeth Ragan
While it started off brilliantly it devolved rapidly into a confusing hodgepodge of storylines and mutable genders I found difficult to follow. Read morePublished 11 days ago by moveable feast
A beautiful story. You will be learning other stories and connecting the pieces as you go. A very touching story. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Aly
I listened to the book on audio and then decided I had to read it as well. Unique structure and voices and a great story.Published 17 days ago by mary b.callan
This is the second time I read this book and I marvel at its beauty, the character's ,there life's.
The complexity of this book is a joy to unravel. Read more
I read it in a week (which is good if you think I am not a native English speaker and I had to look up words) , read it in the street and in the bathtub. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Annamaria
Play within a play within a play. Difficult to follow. Good story.Published 27 days ago by Louise B. Fields