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The History of Love | [Nicole Krauss]

The History of Love

Nicole Krauss' first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and her short fiction has been collected in Best American Short Stories. Now The History of Love proves Krauss is among our finest and freshest literary voices.
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Publisher's Summary

Nicole Krauss' first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and her short fiction has been collected in Best American Short Stories. Now The History of Love proves Krauss is among our finest and freshest literary voices.

It has been decades since Leo Gursky first surrendered his heart, then wrote a book about it, at the tender age of 10, and he's been in love with the same person ever since. Leo believes his book is lost to time, but what he doesn't know is, not only has it survived 60 years without him, it has also been an inspiration to others. Fourteen-year-old Alma was even named for a character from the book. When she realizes how deeply the story touched her lonely mother, she embarks on a search for answers.

The History of Love is an imaginative tale of love and loss that is at once funny, mysterious, and deeply passionate.

Don't miss Nicole Krauss and Salman Rushdie at The New Yorker Festival.

©2005 Nicole Krauss; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"An intriguing books-within-a-book narrative....Venturing into Paul Auster territory in her graceful inquiry into the interplay between life and literature, Krauss is winsome, funny, and affecting." (Booklist)
"Writing with tenderness about eccentric characters, [Krauss] uses earthy humor to mask pain and to question the universe. Her distinctive voice is both plangent and wry, and her imagination encompasses many worlds." (Publishers Weekly)
"If for no other reason than the range of voices she has persuasively created, Ms. Krauss would stand out as a prodigious talent....Ms. Krauss's work is illuminated by the warmth and delicacy of her prose." (The New York Times)

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    Rebecca Plainfield, VT, United States 04-10-07
    Rebecca Plainfield, VT, United States 04-10-07 Member Since 2013
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    "Some loves last a lifetime"

    Some loves come and go, but some loves last a life time and are never extinguished from our internal worlds. At some points I found this book a little hard to follow in audio form, and wished I could flick back a few pages...but all in all I am very happy I downloaded and listened to this remarkable book.

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    03-29-07
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    "slowly pulls you in"

    I admit it was a bit difficult for me to really get into the book in the beginning, but that is nothing new. Once I understood the flow and the character connections it became a wonderful story. Great characterization and such a moving book. I enjoy endings that are not spelled out for you, it always prokes more thought. Don't miss this book.

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    03-02-07
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    "The History of Love"

    beautiful and poignant.

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    David Salinas, CA, United States 07-19-06
    David Salinas, CA, United States 07-19-06 Member Since 2011
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    "A little difficult to follow"

    I gave this audiobook 3 stars, though I'd probably have given 4 stars except that the plot was difficult to follow in audio form. The narrators were very good, the pacing at times slow, but I cared about the characters and found the humor, especially Alma's, kept me hanging in there despite losing the plot occasionally.

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    Sarah New Canaan, CT, USA 06-25-06
    Sarah New Canaan, CT, USA 06-25-06 Member Since 2006
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    "My best listen yet"

    This is a fantastic book, beautifully written and wonderfully narrated. I stayed up late far too many nights listening to this-- the characters pulled me in, and their intertwining narratives kept me interested. The narrators were fantastic and really added to the experience. I highly recommend this, I think it is an exceptional work of modern fiction.

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    April Rochester, NY, USA 02-27-06
    April Rochester, NY, USA 02-27-06
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    "Hooked me on Audible"

    This is the book that got me hooked on Audible. I bought it more or less on a whim, having heard the buzz surrounding Krauss's work from friends and in the NYtimes. I purchased it when starting a running routine that involved long-run training and was trying to find an alternative to music, which tends to mess with my pacing. It worked like a dream. Listening to this fascinating story made those two-hour-plus runs even more pleasurable. The readers are fantastic, particulary the voice of Gursky, and thist story will suck you in fast. The one downside of listening rather than reading is that I didn't get to linger over Krauss's beautifully turned phrases the way one might when reading the book. Though I've since found other good audio books, few have compared to this one.

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    Sophocles Providence, RI, USA 02-02-06
    Sophocles Providence, RI, USA 02-02-06
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    "great book!"

    I got this book after i heard an abridge version at bbc4/bookatbedtime. I absolutely loved it, and recommend highly! The plot is clever and very interesting and keeps you in suspense.

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    A Leavenworth, WA, USA 12-14-05
    A Leavenworth, WA, USA 12-14-05
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    "The History of Love"

    This was a little difficult to follow as an audiobook, but still kept my interest thru to the end. Good for anyone with extra time on their hands.

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    Heather Charleston, SC, USA 12-08-05
    Heather Charleston, SC, USA 12-08-05 Member Since 2005
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    "All worth it for the last hour"

    This book started out a little slow for me but I was ultimately impressed with the way that Krauss wove the different storylines together in the end. I would have liked to see some further resolution of Bird's story, but beyond that, this was a very satisfying read (and listen).

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    Brenda 10-29-05
    Brenda 10-29-05
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    "Don't want it to end"

    This novel is very well conceived, written, and narrated in the audiobook. Krauss' characters are interesting and endearing, unique and yet familiar. The plot interweaves history and character into a beautiful fabric which I always look for in fiction. In my estimation she's more effective than her spouse--Jonathan Safran Foer--who got so much attention, maybe more than deserved.
    This is one I will reread.

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