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.
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"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)
Truly a literary work of art. Wonderfully put together and read, as well. I enjoyed every minute of it!
I loved this book. It was captivating from the start. I couldn't stop listening. The book was fascinating and the narration terrific.
From the minute the narration starts, it reads like poetry.
I loved this moving book and hated to hear it end.
I am not in love with this book. While the male narrator is stupendous and breathes much life into one character and story, I find the other narrators lacking and even grating, and I was not engrossed with the main plot line, nor the characters, nor the writing style.
I had already read The History of Love when I listened to it on MP3 player. The experience was enhanced sooo much when the different characters' narrations were portrayed in appropriate voices. Highly recommend both.
But read it don't listen.
This is a complex book to follow and required mindful reading, but what a genius book and fantastic, hilarious characters.
What a fantastic title. However, I could not get through this book. That says a lot when you aren't even being asked to actually read it (it's easier to listen than read). I'm all for character development, but it drags on for ages with no sense of why you should really care about these people. The tone of it is slightly whiney, too, as if you were listening to someone complain at length. If you find yourself fascinated by the copy on the backs of cereal boxes, or enjoy a good litany of woes, this book is definitely for you.
When I first started reading this book for my book club I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to finish it as it wasn't grabbing me like I had hoped. I then decided to purchase the audible version as means of getting through it and I was so glad I did. What a great book, so many voices so much interesting commentary plus it reads a bit like a who done it novel with characters who have so much depth. Certainly one of my favorite book club books to date!
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