I never read or listen to a book twice, but I'm going to listen to this one again! It's rich, it's funny, and it's deep. The plot isn't a fast-moving one; rather it's about the depth of one's love and the existential question of how and why we love. There are 4 voices for the characters, and I found them all pleasant. I'd put this one up with Life of Pi and Bee Season as mature, philosphically pleasing and also a great read.
This book did not get a perfect rating only because book-within-book sotries tend to confuse me. Maybe I am too simple for them, but they bother me a little. Nonetheless, I loved this selection.
The character development was rich. The narration was superb. The story kept drawing me in. The end was satisfying. And of course I wanted more.
I am amazed by an author who can take simple daily events and tell a tale with them. My life is not that different from many of those in this book, but I would not think many would want to read about it. But Nicole Krauss did just that. I will look for more of her titles.
What a good book! I'd been wondering how it would work to have multiple narrators--and it was great. The narrators were all wonderful, and the story was so engaging and moving. Leo's "and yet..." resonates with me still. Highly recommended!
George Guidall's characterization of Leo Gursky is the heart and soul of this novel. The writing is beautiful, the characters real-even in their eccentricity. You'll keep thinking about this book long after you've finished it - and I agree it would be well worth listening to a second or even third time.
You must be alert to catch all the details of this book, but it is worth every minute of your attention. The charactors are threaded together slowly - each one narrated by a different voice. It is a book worth a second listen just to pick up little tidbits of the story missed the first time around. I sighed at the conclusion and felt my heart expand alittle.
This novel has several narrators and a number of inter-related stories. I was drawn to this book because the town of Slonim (Belarus) is one of my ancestral towns, and some of the characters similarly emmigrated to Chile and the U.S., just as in my family. The separate, inter-related stories and characters were intriguing. However, it was just a tad confusing at times to keep them all straight! Worth the effort, and the resolution was satisfying.
After looking at the reviews, I was expecting a wonderful listen. For the most part, the reader's reviews are on the money for me. To be honest, though, I had a miserable time trying to stick with it. The only time I tuned in without effort was when Leopold Gursky was narrating. I would have enjoyed the book greatly if it had remained in his narration. I forced myself to finish it to the end and then questioned my decision.
What an interesting story written in such a lovely way. This book is different and the unusual cast of characters (voices) keeps the story moving (although you are kept wondering about the connections sometimes--but it's supposed to be like that, right?). To define love in such beautiful terms is refreshing and not the usual "sappy" romance. Both genders would like this book and I thoroughly enjoyed her lovely writing. Worth a listen!
The book is told by several protagonists and each has its own narrator.
It is a combination of a cultural novel, a human interest story, and a mystery story.
No particular favorite. The book is written so beautifully that you can identify with each protagonist.
I would have, but it was too long. But I did feel compelled to listen to it over and over to get to the end.
I did not want it to end. And when it ended, I rewound it to favorite parts and listened again.
The ending. But I won't give that away. I also enjoyed the part where Leo comes back to his apartment to find his friend has baked him a cake and everywhere is covered in flour. On the floor, Leo sees where his elderly friend has laid down and made an angel in the flour. The image is sweet and funny.
The narrator for Leo was exceptional. He conveyed passion and humor and sadness so effectively. I rewound these parts several times, just to hear him tell them again.