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The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

The History of Love

by Nicole Krauss
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  • May 1, 2005
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  • Apr 2006
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Definitely a book to read in one or two sittings
This book was both fun and intellignent.

This novel is a beautifully written piece of fiction with profond characters. Elements of the story's plot are left to the reader to puzzle together. Allow some room for coincidence!

highly recommend.
Kate Malita

An extraordinary story of an ordinary man
I had the pleasure to translate this book into Polish. I finished my job last week and I can say that it was one of the best books I have ever read and translated. When I received the book it was not published yet so I had a pile of loose pages and I felt as if I read the "History of Love" itself (when you read the book you will know what I mean). I could not help but wonder how a tale narrated by an old Polish Jew and a teenage girl could be so moving and unforgettable. It takes a great talent to convey so much meaning in such simple words. It is a story of love, loneliness, friendship, urge to be seen and heard, which speaks directly to your heart. A story of a boy who fell in love and it was his life. The image of Leo Gursky walking through his son's house and waiting on a park bench for his Alma will stay with me for ever.
Sharon Steinberg

Disappointed and confused
I'm sorry, but I wanted to like this book, especially after reading the first page, but very soon after, it was so unnecessarily fractured and disorganized and never got itself together. I teach college English, I welcome experimental fiction, but I think it's important not to lose sight of the goal of communication; it's also important not to place experimentation above understanding. Remember the reader.....

The History of Love
UGH - could it have been more difficult to try to follow what was going on in this book? It is painful when you must create a diagram to try to figure out who is who and how they relate to each other. The end was wholly unsatifying, as well. Our book club read this book based on so many great reviews. We ALL (20 of us) disliked it. One person appreciated the strange relationships between the people, but no one found it easy or enjoyable to read. I was sorry I wasted my time.
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