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The History of Love Paperback – May 17, 2006
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- Janet Maslin, New York Times
“At least as heartbreaking as it is hilarious.”
- Washington Post
“Krauss writes like an angel.”
“One of the most passionate vindications of the written word in recent fiction. It takes one’s breath away.”
“It’s the sort of book that makes life bearable after all.”
- Miami Herald
“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
“It restores your faith in fiction. It restores all sorts of faith.”
- Ali Smith
“Nicole Krauss's gripping new voice doesn't work its way into the pantheon of American voices: it literally walks straight up to them and asks them to move over.”
- Andre Aciman
From the Back Cover
A long-lost book reappears, mysteriously connecting an old man searching for his son, and a girl seeking a cure for her widowed mother's loneliness.
Leo Gursky taps his radiator each evening to let his upstairs neighbor know hes still alive. But it wasn't always like this: in the Polish village of his youth, he fell in love and wrote a book Sixty years later and half a world away, fourteen-year-old Alma, who was named after a character in that book, undertakes an adventure to find her namesake and save her family. With virtuosic skill, and soaring imaginative power, Nicole Krauss gradually draws these stories together toward a climax of extraordinary depth and beauty.
Vertiginously exciting. New York Times
At least as heartbreaking as it is hilarious. Washington Post
Krauss writers like an angel. Guardian
One of the most passionate vindications of the written word in recent fiction. It takes ones breath away. Spectator
It restores your faith in fiction. It restores all sorts of faith Ali Smith
Its the sort of book that makes life bearable after all. Miami Herald
Nicole Krauss has been hailed by the New York Times as one of Americas most important novelists. She is the author of the international bestseller Great House, a finalist for the National Book Award, and Man Walks Into a Room. Her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages.
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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.
This is a beautiful story that deliciously, and often heart-breakingly, weaves past and present. I laughed, cried, feared, mourned, and loved, right along with each character. It's the kind of book I like to read over many days, a little at a time, to savor and digest.
Top international reviews
Can recommend wholeheartedly. Very well written, beautiful stories.
Ein junger Mann schreibt ein Buch, in dem er die Liebe zu seiner Freundin beschreibt, es gibt nur dieses eine Exemplar, das in den Wirren des Krieges, der Vertreibung und Tötung der Juden, der Flucht verloren gegangen scheint – während die beiden auf verschiedenen Wegen nach Amerika emigrieren dürfen.
Der Text erscheint zuerst in Spanisch und wird dann von der Mutter eines Mädchens übersetzt, das fortan die Fäden in die Hände nimmt, erzählt, Begriffe definiert, Notate macht, während der inzwischen sehr alte Autor in einem Appartment in Manhattan sitzt und erst sehr erfährt, dass das Script gerettet wurde. Großartig.
Ne ho poi trovata una copia usata in condizioni perfette dell'edizione con copertina rigida su AbeBooks per la metà del prezzo di quella Penguin.
Il libro è molto bello e si legge bene.