History of Love

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
History of Love
Leo Gursky taps his radiator each evening to let his upstairs neighbor know he's 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" (Newsday).
Publisher: W. W. Norton, 2006
ISBN: 0393328627


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I read this book in one day in one sitting. Now days later I am still reading it in my heart .

Jun 17, 2013
  • WVMLBookClubTitles rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

In this novel, an obscure, stolen translation of a Spanish book called
The History of Love connects two New Yorkers. Leo is an elderly immigrant who fled WWII Poland, settled in New York City, and pines for his lost love and his son. Alma is a teenage girl caring for her widowed mother and her brother. Alma convinces herself that the key to her mother’s happiness is locked within the pages of The History of Love.

Jan 14, 2013
  • GLNovak rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is a bit confusing. As you follow the stories of Leo, Alma, and Bird you are given glimpses into the life of Leo's book 'The History of Love'. I found myself confused at times and having to think about the clues the novelist had let slip to figure out just what I was learning. Alma is very persistant in her search for her namesake, the heroine of the book, and her connection to the real author is like a butterfly touching down and then fluttering up and away again. I did enjoy the search with her and the glimpses of the minds of all three of them. A very intriguing, beguiling book. I was reading Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close at the same time but had to stop because I was getting confused as the two story lines are so similar. I didn't realize the authors are husband and wife. They must have discussed their works in progress and cross-fertilized ideas.

Jul 19, 2012
  • csjary rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my all time faves! Heartbreaking, lyrical and sweet all at the same time.

May 01, 2012
  • uncommonreader rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Quite convoluted. Often funny.

Jan 29, 2012
  • Safariluv03 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I agree with the reviews that this book was hard to follow. I think the author could have made it more clear as to who it was that was talking. I spent a lot of my time confused and re-reading past chapters. The underlining story was sweet though. I wouldn't re-read this book but I don't feel like I wasted my time having read it.

Aug 08, 2011
  • amandalome rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Leo, Alma, Bird - some of the greatest characters I have ever encountered in fiction. I truly was captivated after reading just the first page. Krauss's prose is lovely and there is so much pure goodness in this book. Highly recommended!

May 28, 2011
  • sneato rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Well crafted and beautifully written. Takes awhile to catch on to the storyline but worth it. Unusual book. Slow at times, fascinating at other times.

Mar 22, 2011
  • Sandy11 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I thought this book was amazing. Very good writing. You really care about the character immediately.

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Sixty years after a book's publication, its author remembers his lost love and missing son, while a teenage girl named for one of the book's characters seeks her namesake, as well as a cure for her widowed mother's loneliness. 248 p.


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