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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.
Nicole Krauss' writing style is very unique.
While complex and beautiful, this story took great care to weave the lives of multiple characters together in a very satisfying way.
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.
I almost don't want to review it because I worry my writing would do this book injustice. It is a beautiful and elegant story that weaves together rich and complex characters,... Read morePublished 1 day ago by sns1102
I liked the book and maybe should give it a four star but I had trouble following the characters. I listened to the audio version and it may be a better book to read.Published 11 days ago by Patricia H.
Beautifully drawn characters whose lives intersect in the most fascinating ways. History, family, love and longing all interwoven in excellent prose. Really a haunting story.Published 15 days ago by Janie NYC