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History of Love

a book by Nicole Krauss

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I give this book my highest recommendation

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My Highest Recommendation

This tale is woven together so masterfully it's nearly impossible to put down. The characters and their distinct voices are rich, unique, and memorable in a way that has worked into my own personal history of the love of reading.

We begin by getting to know "the oldest man in the world," Leopold Gursky. There's an ironic aspect to "Leo" as he attempts to make himself known to the world everyday. He's afraid he'll die and no one will know he's missing. This is, perhaps, the result of having to make himself invisible during the years of Nazi occupation . . . and for becoming non-existent in the life of his one true love, Alma, (who moves to America before him and marries someone else), and his son, who is a famous writer. Leo does this by making little scenes like knocking over displays in stores and interacting with his best friend "Bruno." Meanwhile, he believes his first manuscript, "The History of Love," has perished in a flood. It hasn't. It's been published in another language and under another name. His second manuscript has a similar fate and it's amazing that author Nicole Krauss enables this plot twist to both break your heart and make it burst with joy and fulfillment at the same time.

"The History of Love" inspires the naming of the other main character and narrator, Alma Singer, who at the tender age of 14, takes us on her journey to find not only the author, but also the person requesting her mother's translation, and also the real life Alma. She's primarily concerned with making her widowed mother happy, but also becomes wrapped up in the mystery that is The History of Love. Through Alma and her innocent yet forthright drive, everything ties together.

This is one of the best books I've read in a very long time for the exquisite writing, the unique characters, and the creative plot.

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review by . July 15, 2010
Love of the The History of Love
I didn’t realize until after I read this that Nicole Krauss is married to Jonathon Safran Foer, but it makes so much sense because they have very similar writing styles. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close has been one of my favorites since I first read it and The History of Love follows suit. Both are incredibly well-written in a very alluring style.      There are a few different story lines that eventually converge at the end, but even before that as individual stories …
Quick Tip by . August 23, 2010
This is a book about loneliness, making ourselves visible, and seeking connections. The plot is more or less about the search for the author and a particular character of a long lost book, and in that search how the cast of characters intersects. For me the plot was secondary to the truly empathetic characters that inhabit this novel. I fell in lover with every one of them, and about halfway through was already sorry it would come to an end. I finished the book at night, in bed, and when I put it …
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
Great style of storytelling. I really enjoyed all the intertwined stories even though it was really confusing at first.
Quick Tip by . June 25, 2010
Love her style! I love the intertwining plots she and her husband, Foer, infuse into their writings.
review by . May 14, 2009
Some good things can be said about this novel. It is a book about a book, which always puts me in a positive mood.   The title hero of this book, the book 'The History of Love', was written in Yiddish by a young man in love, in Poland at about the start of WW2; first published in Spanish in Chile by a friend of the original writer, a journalist refugee Pole in Valparaiso; one copy bought by an Israeli in Buenos Aires, who gave it to his English wife, who read it to their American children in …
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ISBN-10: 0393328627 (pbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780393328622 (pbk.)
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co
Date Published: May 17, 2006
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