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The History of Love Paperback – Illustrated, May 17, 2006
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"At least as heartbreaking as it is hilarious." ― Washington Post
"Krauss writes like an angel." ― Guardian
"One of the most passionate vindications of the written word in recent fiction. It takes one’s breath away." ― Spectator
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"A significant novel, genuinely one of the year’s best. Emotionally wrenching yet intellectually rigorous, idea-driven but with indelible characters and true suspense." ― New York
"Big, bold, twist-your-heart sad, kick-your-heels joyful―Nicole Krauss's brilliant novel is as deep and multifaceted as love itself." ― Marie Claire
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From the Back Cover
- Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (May 17, 2006)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0393328627
- ISBN-13 : 978-0393328622
- Item Weight : 7.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #31,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is an exception to this rule.
The History of Love weave together three story lines stretching back to German occupied Poland in World War 2, to South America, and New York City. It follow the story of a book written by a young man in love with a girl who left for America to escape the Germans and the books convoluted path to publication and readership affected the lives of all of the characters.
While the writing was gorgeous, moving, funny, and absolutely quotable, I found myself sometimes lost in what was actually happening. This was especially true in the excerpts from the book that supposedly spawned all of the events. The passages were dense, lyrical, confusing, and didn't seem to have a point other than to be beautiful. I kept going back and rereading them thinking that I would find the point, but then eventually I just had to resign myself to push on and accept that not every part of this book would make complete sense to me.
Bird and his sister Alma were my favorite characters in the book. The way the Krauss told their story through their unique voices really touched me. I can't quite put my finger on why the writing in this novel moved me, but it just did.
Check this one out! I certainly enjoyed it, despite it's issues.