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The History of Love: A Novel by Nicole…

The History of Love: A Novel (original 2005; edition 2006)

by Nicole Krauss

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Title:The History of Love: A Novel
Authors:Nicole Krauss
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (2006), Edition: 1, Paperback, 252 pages
Collections:Your library, Orange/Baileys Women's Prize, Read but unowned

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The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (2005)


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This was just okay for me- parts were boring and overall I didn't care about the story that much. Some good writing, just dragged on. ( )
  jill1121 | Jun 1, 2019 |
Beautiful story about a young teen girl and a book written by an old man. The meandering story brings a great story together told through the first person voices of wonderfully idiosyncratic characters.
  JoshSapan | May 29, 2019 |
Recommended to me by Joan Nuxoll, who years ago recommended [book:A Prayer for Owen Meany]. It is the most elegant writing I've read in years, lucid and evocative. I pitched it to my women's book club, but couldn't really tell them WHAT it was about in any way that reflected the book's own luminosity and intensity. "It's about an elderly Jewish man in New York. Well, part of the story is about him." It's like trying to tell someone what the [book:Life Of Pi] was about.

This is not a book to read before sleeping. It's not that there's any sense of urgency to it or that one is agitated reading it, but rather it's a book that warrants reflection, a good book before walking or driving for a few hours. ( )
  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
This was really a 3.5 star book for me. I had to think about it for a few days after I finished it, and after I discussed with my book group - then I was able to write this review. Did I like the novel? Well yes, but it's a different kind of book. It's about love (lifelong and unrequited and familial), growing old, quirky personalities, sadness, loss, and relationships. You could say that about a lot of books....what makes this one unique is the writing style. The many poetic phrases and descriptions combined with the difficulty of figuring out what was happening reminded me of James Joyce's Ulysses. The story is like a puzzle as it is told from various characters' points of view, and bounces from past to present. What is true and what is imagined? And does it matter? I cried at the ending - sadly sweet and satisfying. ( )
  PhyllisReads | Apr 27, 2019 |
The young Alma sections were wonderful. The other elements tended to drag, requiring more of leap that I was willing to exert. That's fine, I guess. I will likely read her latest novel this month, which constitutes an endorsement of sorts. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
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I en nedslitt leilighet i New York prøver Leo Gursky å overleve litt til. Hver kveld banker han på radiatoren for at naboen over skal høre at han fortsatt lever.Men livet hans har ikke alltid vært slik. For seksti år siden bodde han hjemme i Polen, der han forelsket seg og skrev en bok. Kjæresten mistet han da hun flyktet til Amerika rett før krigen. Boken ble også borte. Men uten at han selv er klar over det, har den overlevd: Den har krysset hav, blitt overlevert mellom generasjoner, og forandret liv. Fjorten år gamle Alma er oppkalt etter en person i denne boken. Etter at faren hennes døde, er hun fullt opptatt med å finne en ny kjæreste til moren, holde styr på en lillebror som tror han er Messias, og ta utførlige notater i et hefte hun kaller Hvordan overleve i villmarken, Bind tre. En dag dukker det opp et mystisk brev i posten, og Alma begir seg ut på jakt etter sin navnesøster.Personene i Kjærlighetens historie er mennesker man blir glad i. Hver for seg sysler de med gåter som på bemerkelsesverdig vis er forbundet med hverandre. Nicole Krauss har skrevet en medrivende og imponerende sammensatt roman om mennesker som har blitt avkuttet fra sin fortid, og som på hver sin pussige, rørende måte forsøker å få livet til å henge sammen.
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For my grandparents, who taught me the opposite of disappearing and for Jonathan, my life
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When they write my obituary. Tomorrow. Or the next day. It will say, Leo Gursky is survived by an apartment full of shit.
A thought crossed his face in a language I didn’t understand.
It’s also true that sometimes people felt things and because there was no word for them, they went unmentioned.  The oldest emotion in the world may be that of being moved, but to describe it and just to name it – must have been like trying to catch something invisible.
Maybe this is how I'll go, in a fit of laughter, what could be better, laughing and crying, laughing and singing, laughing so as to forget that I am alone, that it is the end of my life, that death is waiting outside the door for me.
The truth was I'd given up waiting long ago. The moment had passed, the door between the lives we could have led and the lives we led had shut in our faces. Or better to say, in my face.
Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.
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Presents a narrative about an aged author who flees Nazi-occupied Poland leaving his unpublished manuscript behind and a teenage girl in New York who was named after the heroine in Leo's book which was published under a different man's name.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0393328627, Paperback)

Nicole Krauss's The History of Love is a hauntingly beautiful novel about two characters whose lives are woven together in such complex ways that even after the last page is turned, the reader is left to wonder what really happened. In the hands of a less gifted writer, unraveling this tangled web could easily give way to complete chaos. However, under Krauss's watchful eye, these twists and turns only strengthen the impact of this enchanting book.

The History of Love spans of period of over 60 years and takes readers from Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe to present day Brighton Beach. At the center of each main character's psyche is the issue of loneliness, and the need to fill a void left empty by lost love. Leo Gursky is a retired locksmith who immigrates to New York after escaping SS officers in his native Poland, only to spend the last stage of his life terrified that no one will notice when he dies. ("I try to make a point of being seen. Sometimes when I'm out, I'll buy a juice even though I'm not thirsty.") Fourteen-year-old Alma Singer vacillates between wanting to memorialize her dead father and finding a way to lift her mother's veil of depression. At the same time, she's trying to save her brother Bird, who is convinced he may be the Messiah, from becoming a 10-year-old social pariah. As the connection between Leo and Alma is slowly unmasked, the desperation, along with the potential for salvation, of this unique pair is also revealed.

The poetry of her prose, along with an uncanny ability to embody two completely original characters, is what makes Krauss an expert at her craft. But in the end, it's the absolute belief in the uninteruption of love that makes this novel a pleasure, and a wonder to behold. --Gisele Toueg

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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.

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W.W. Norton

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