THE HISTORY OF LOVE Hardcover – 2005
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Leo Gursky has a weak heart, and may die at any moment. Virtually no one knows him, and his own son never even knew of him; he drops his change and buys things, just so someone might remember him when he dies. Sixty years ago, he fled Nazi-occupied Poland to pursue a childhood sweetheart to America, but she thought he had died, and married someone else.
Before that happened, Leo wrote a exquisite ode to her, called the "History of Love," a fictional look at love's origins, its milestones, and at a mysterious girl called Alma. A copy of that book found its way into teenage Alma's household, and she was named after that mysterious woman. Now, as her grief-stricken mother translates one of the few copies into English, Alma sets out on a journey of discovery -- about the mystery author, the person who wants the translation, and the mysterious original Alma.
Nicole Krauss writes much like her husband Jonathan Safran Foer -- she also takes a look at the past and present, at immigrants, and at the journies of our elders. And the insights she shows about the nature of love, and the intersections of life and literature, are startlingly deep. Many longtime authors can only dream of such delicate sensibilities.
The writing itself is surprisingly fluid, considering that Krauss changes narrators and timeframes several times, and sometimes refers to one character by different names.Read more ›
The short answer here is yes. The characters feel genuine, the story is touching, the writing literary and accessible at the same time. It is a search for people and books lost long ago, and refound, and I'm glad I found this book.
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I love Leonard Gursky. He makes me laugh and cry. There is a tragically human honesty to him that touches my soul. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Karen Wilson
I love all the literary references and the convoluted plot.Published 18 months ago by Deborah Bakos
A beautifully haunting tale of love, friendship, survival and finding one's place in the world. Deeply creative in tone, The History Of Love draws the transfer in like the scent of... Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2013 by J. Richardson
This book is a book every aspiring writer should read. It is extremely well written and hard to put down. It made me cry and laugh all in a few paragraphs. Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2009 by Wayne E. Stilling
I found this book to be confusing to read. I am in a book club and 3 out of the 5 present gave the book a 3 or 4 on 10, but the other two gave it a 7.5 - 8. Read morePublished on May 18 2009 by M. Burke
That's the case with "The History of Love". Its author thought that the book he wrote decades earlier was irretrievably lost. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2008 by ELI (Italy)