Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2006 and winner of the 2006 Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, The History of Love by bestselling author Nicole Krauss explores the lasting power of the written word and the lasting power of love. 'When I was born my mother named me after every girl in a book my father gave her called The History of Love...' Fourteen-year-old Alma Singer is trying to find a cure for her mother's loneliness.
Believing she might discover it in an old book her mother is lovingly translating, she sets out in search of its author. Across New York an old man called Leo Gursky is trying to survive a little bit longer.
He spends his days dreaming of the love lost that sixty years ago in Poland inspired him to write a book. And although he doesn't know it yet, that book also survived: crossing oceans and generations, and changing lives...'Wonderfully affecting...brilliant, touching and remarkably poised' Sunday Telegraph 'A tender tribute to human valiance.
Who could be unmoved by a cast of characters whose daily battles are etched on out mind in such diamond-cut prose?' Independent on Sunday 'Devastating...one of the most passionate vindications of the written word in recent fiction. It takes one's breath away' Spectator Nicole Krauss is an American bestselling author who has received international critical acclaim for her first three novels: Great House (shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011), The History of Love and Man Walks into a Room (shortlisted for the LA Times Book Award), all of which are available in Penguin paperback.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 06/01/2006
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780141019970
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Review by coolcat
It's definitely a page turner. I found myself pausing at almost every page and drink in the poetic flow of words that spoke so loudly to me. It was amazing - I found that I could sink into the shoes of Leo Gursky (one of the main characters who is an old man) so easily. Nicole Krauss has a way with words. I ended the book with a lot of questions that was answered by flipping to the previous pages and making theconnections of the seemingly random sequence of events that was recorded. The plot is intricately and masterfully woven. It's rare to stumble upon such literary brilliance. And when you do, you just can't keep quiet about it.
Review by boo262
As soon as I finished reading this book, I turned back to the first page and started again... not many books have had that affect on me!
Review by FelicityWindmill
I loved this book, the characters are engaging, the plot is fairly complicated but you end up caring so much about each of the fabulously conceived characters that you just follow it along. The ending left me feeling sad and amazed and in complete wonder at the skill of this author to have created something so beautiful.
Review by heidialice
"The History of Love" is the story of a lonely girl, and a lonely old man, who is an author and holocaust survivor. As the story of the novel "A History of Love" unfolds, their paths cross.Achingly beautiful, just convoluted enough to keep its secrets until the climax, and keeping firm to that heart-wrenching line of hilarious and sad that the best holocaust authors walk, this is a novel to be reckoned with.
Review by riverwillow
I loved the beginning of this book and how Leo tries 'to make a point of being seen' because 'All I want is not to die on a day when I went unseen.' which is a beautiful observation. Sadly, for me, the rest of the book did not quite follow on from this as I found the characters, especially Alma and her family, quite hard to warm to which may be due to Alma's narrative being broken down into points. I also found that at the end the story didn't quite hold together for me - this is something that is always important to me when reading a book and there are inconsistencies here that sadly just don't feel true. Nevertheless this was an interesting read.
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