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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Norton (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670915548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670915545
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.6 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,918,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By hlb on Aug. 10 2005
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This book was one of the most beautiful works I have ever read - it is definitely a modern classic. My feelings were really stirred up on this one - from an aching sadness on behalf of the players to laughing out loud. I recommend this to anyone who is seeking an easy but high quality read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Road King on July 20 2006
Format: Paperback
It's a rare book that puts the reader at a loss for adjectives: astonishing, brilliant, ground-breaking, are a few that come to mind. This book is not to be missed. You will read it more than once. It is simply a gem.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 14 2006
Format: Hardcover
Such a profound work of genius. It takes a brilliant author to write a book like this and Krauss does with grace and heart. Wonderful read - definitely a book for everyone to check out.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 22 2007
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"He was a great writer. He fell in love. It was his life." While those are the final words of Nicole Krauss's illuminating second novel, "The History of Love," those three short sentences only highlight what I knew all along. This a unique book, haunting and quietly funny, and which leaves you thinking about memories, about death, and about love.

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.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7 2005
Format: Hardcover
Somehow over the last few years (working in a bookstore will do it) I've learned to place relatively less credence in professional reviews and relatively more in reader reviews. Some of each are consulted in a quick search for a bottom line: will I like it, or won't I?
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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By Cindy Beverly on Sept. 16 2014
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When reading this book I found that there were sections of this book that were incredibly brilliantly romantic and heart captivating. I would just grasp my chest and swoon over what I just read and then it would just fall away as if it was never there and I would I feel completely lost and I would wonder where that initial flare of writing went? I so want to love this book but in the end I think that it was just a good book that could have just been so much more. That my hopes for it far out see what it actually was for me.
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By Lena on July 6 2005
Format: Hardcover
Very good book. It's one of these rare cases, when I agree with all the professional reviewers. Everything works together - storyline, language. In the beginning, I got confused with different parts of story, but decided not to worry about that - and to enjoy the process, waiting patiently for parallel realities and worlds to come together - and it was worth every minute of my time. Definitely a book that I am glad to have on my bookshelf.
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By Dani on Oct. 17 2006
Format: Paperback
Not sure how I got interested in a book with this title, but it it such an amazing story and it kept me wanting to read more and more. It never got boring, it had the right amount of surprises, and the characters were so well-defined and interesting and unique. So sensible. I fell in love with the main character.
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