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The history of love
Nicole Krauss
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Avatar for Andrea Pearson Andrea Pearson said:
This is one of my favorite books from the last five years. Don’t let the endless stream of new book goodies distract you from reading "The history of love."
posted May 26, 2008 at 3:34PM
Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
Leo Gursky is an old man waiting for the last big event of his life: his death. He’s so alone in the world that he goes out and makes a minor spectacle of himself—dropping his change, spilling his popcorn—just to make sure someone has noticed him. Alma Singer is a fourteen-year-old girl trying to find a cure for the permanent sadness her mother’s been wrapped in ever since the death of her father seven years ago. Alma thinks the answer might lie in the book her mother is translating, an obscure story called The History of Love. The narration alternates between Leo and Alma and the reader also gets glimpses of the moving, elegantly written History of Love and its mysterious author. As the threads of the storyline weave together in the most intimate ways, the novel becomes unputdownable. Leo and Alma are an unlikely pair—Leo pines for his long-lost love; Alma’s little brother thinks he’s the Messiah; Leo escaped to America from Nazi-occupied Poland; Alma’s hobby is identifying edible wild plants—but they are both survivors of great personal loss. Author Nicole Krauss writes about her characters with tenderness and real feeling, and it doesn’t take long before we’re deeply invested in their lives. So invested, in fact, that we’ll be thinking about the beautiful interlocking stories of The History of Love long after we’ve turned the last page.
posted Sep 9, 2009 at 3:25PM
Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
Leo Gursky is an old man, pining away for his long lost love and waiting for the last big event of his life: his death. He’s so alone in the world that he goes out and makes a minor spectacle of himself—dropping his change, spilling his popcorn—just to make sure someone has noticed him. Once a promising writer, Leo traded his pen for a career as a locksmith after he escaped the Nazis during World War II. Alma Singer is a fourteen-year-old girl trying to find a cure for the permanent sadness her mother’s been wrapped in ever since the death of her father seven years ago. Alma thinks the answer might lie in the book her mother is translating, an obscure story called The History of Love. The narration alternates between Leo and Alma and the reader also gets glimpses of the moving, elegantly written History of Love and its mysterious author. As the threads of the storylines weave together to reveal the secrets of Leo’s love affair (including the attempts of a fellow writer to woe Leo’s true love) and the eccentricities of Alma’s family (like her little brother’s Messiah complex), the novel becomes unputdownable. Old Leo and little Alma are an unlikely pair, but they are both survivors of great personal loss. Despite this, neither character is ever depressing—instead they’re winsome and witty, Alma with her love of survival guides and Leo with his old-man charm. Author Nicole Krauss (who won the William Saroyan International Prize for her efforts) writes her characters with tenderness and real feeling, and it doesn’t take long before we’re deeply invested in their lives and loves. So invested, in fact, that we’ll be thinking about The History of Love’s beautiful interlocking friendships and romances long after we’ve turned the last page.
posted Jan 29, 2010 at 12:10AM
Avatar for Alisha1983 Alisha1983 said:
I’m not a reader that looks for books be worded beautifully, I look for a great story. This book does both very well. I loved it.
posted Apr 6, 2010 at 2:14PM
Avatar for MediumDebbi MediumDebbi said:
What a great story about shared melancholy memories between families and strangers!
posted Apr 1, 2011 at 3:58PM
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main characters Leo Gursky
Male
Polish American
Came to America seeking Alma, the girl he had loved, who came to America first; wrote a book about her which later on was published under a different name.

Alma Singer
Female
Age: Young adult
Has to deal with her unstable brother and her widowed mother; has memories of her father who passed away from cancer; reads a book about another Alma which turns out to be Leo's lost novel.



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