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by Nicole Krauss

  • ISBN: 0393060349
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Nicole Krauss
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (May 17, 2005)
  • Pages: 252 pages
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  • Rating: 4.5
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The History of Love: A Novel is the second novel by the American writer Nicole Krauss, published in 2005. The book was a 2006 finalist for the Orange Prize for Fiction and won the 2008 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing for fiction

The History of Love: A Novel is the second novel by the American writer Nicole Krauss, published in 2005. The book was a 2006 finalist for the Orange Prize for Fiction and won the 2008 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing for fiction. An excerpt from the novel was published in The New Yorker in 2004 under the title The Last Words on Earth. Approximately 70 years before the present, the 10-year-old Polish-Jewish Leopold (Leo) Gursky falls in love with his neighbor Alma Mereminski

Home Nicole Krauss The History of Love. I wrote three books before I was twenty-one, who knows what happened to them. The first was about Slonim, the town where I lived which was sometimes Poland and sometimes Russia

Home Nicole Krauss The History of Love. The first was about Slonim, the town where I lived which was sometimes Poland and sometimes Russia.

Nicole Krauss has been hailed by the New York Times as "one of America’s most important novelists. She is the author of Man Walks Into a Room, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year; The History of Love, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Saroyan Prize for International Literature; Great House, a New York Times bestseller and finalist for the National Book Award; and Forest Dark. In 2007 she was selected as one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists, and in 2010 she was chosen for the New Yorker’s ‘Twenty Under Forty’ list.

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Kraus, Nichole The History of Love This novel engages immediately with the story of Leo Gursky – a lonely, old . The History of Love weave together three story lines stretching back to German occupied Poland in World War 2, to South America, and New York City.

Kraus, Nichole The History of Love This novel engages immediately with the story of Leo Gursky – a lonely, old refugee from Nazi Europe, with a sad life of devotion, self-sacrifice and fearful self-negation. The tale is enlivened by classic Jewish humour and particularly the theme that he deliberately makes a fool of himself in public so that when he dies alone at home, others will remember when they saw him last.

Nicole Krauss's novel within a novel, The History of Love, intrigues Natasha Walter. The fact that Nicole Krauss, a young novelist with only one book behind her, has attempted to carry off this feat is, if nothing else, testament to her bravery

Nicole Krauss's novel within a novel, The History of Love, intrigues Natasha Walter. The fact that Nicole Krauss, a young novelist with only one book behind her, has attempted to carry off this feat is, if nothing else, testament to her bravery. We first meet Leo Gursky when he believes he is nearing the end of his life, living alone in a tiny apartment in Manhattan. He is an elderly Jew who came to America from Poland after the second world war, having survived the Holocaust in hiding, "mostly in trees, but also cracks, cellars, holes".

The History of Love book. Nicole Krauss’ The History of Love is one of my favourite novels of all time.

Nicole Krauss is proof positive that great literature is being written today. The History of Love I adore this book. Her first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was very well received and was followed by a six-figure, two-book deal

Nicole Krauss is proof positive that great literature is being written today. Myla Goldberg, author of The Bee Season. A book to be read slowly - both to savor the luminous prose and to stave off reaching the last page. I feel that it captures the human condition in a way that no book I have read before manages to. I would say that the story is perversely hopeful and ultimately life affirming. I couldn't have consumed the final pages with. Her first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was very well received and was followed by a six-figure, two-book deal. Speaking of her first book she says, "Getting a book published made me feel a little bit sad.

A most unusual and original piece of fiction - and not to be missed. Krauss has created a crazy spiderweb of associations and missed connections. Miraculously, she actually manages to make all the delicate filaments not only hold together but support the weight of the enormously ambitious narrative. Grade: A-)" Entertainment Weekly.

Nicole Krauss - The History of Love. As a young man Leo wrote The History of Love in pre-war Poland. Although he doesn't know it, the book also survived, crossing oceans and generations and changing lives. Nicole Krauss, shortlisted for this year's Orange prize, talks to James Naughtie and readers about her novel The History of Love. James Naughtie and readers talk to American writer Nicole Krauss, shortlisted for this year's Orange Prize. Fourteen-year-old Alma was named after a character in that book, and lives across New York City from Leo. She and her little brother, who thinks he is the Messiah, are recovering from the loss of their father.

ONE OF THE MOST LOVED NOVELS OF THE DECADE

A long-lost book reappears, mysteriously connecting an old man searching for his son and a girl seeking a cure for her widowed mother’s loneliness.

New York Times Bestseller Winner of the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing Winner of the Borders Original Voices Award Finalist for the Orange Prize #1 Booksense Pick Winner of the Edward Lewis Wallant Award Winner of France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger Award

Leo Gursky taps his radiator each evening to let his upstairs neighbor know he’s still alive. But it wasn’t always like this: in the Polish village of his youth, he fell in love and wrote a book. . . . Sixty years later and half a world away, fourteen-year-old Alma, who was named after a character in that book, undertakes an adventure to find her namesake and save her family. With virtuosic skill and soaring imaginative power, Nicole Krauss gradually draws these stories together toward a climax of “extraordinary depth and beauty” (Newsday).
Reviews about The History of Love: A Novel (7):
Ishnjurus
I read this book ten years ago, and it's remains my favorite book to this day. What a beautiful story mixed with humor, heartbreak, and lessons of enduring love. Indeed, it's an intricate book that alternates between and weaves multiple storylines. Some reviewers say it's confusing and don't like the bouncing around, but I believe it adds an important element to the book. The effect is that it keeps you looking forward to see how each storyline and character progresses and guessing how they will ultimately link together. There's a feeling of great satisfaction when it starts coming together, and it does so beautifully. It was recently made into a movie that's showing in Europe, not sure when or if it will run in America. The format of the book doesn't seem like it would lend easily to a movie, and from the reviews I've read, there is a confusing element to it with the multiple stories.
Cells
Normally my go to reading scale is that if a book makes me cry, then it's 5 stars.

This book is an exception to this rule.

The History of Love weave together three story lines stretching back to German occupied Poland in World War 2, to South America, and New York City. It follow the story of a book written by a young man in love with a girl who left for America to escape the Germans and the books convoluted path to publication and readership affected the lives of all of the characters.

While the writing was gorgeous, moving, funny, and absolutely quotable, I found myself sometimes lost in what was actually happening. This was especially true in the excerpts from the book that supposedly spawned all of the events. The passages were dense, lyrical, confusing, and didn't seem to have a point other than to be beautiful. I kept going back and rereading them thinking that I would find the point, but then eventually I just had to resign myself to push on and accept that not every part of this book would make complete sense to me.

Bird and his sister Alma were my favorite characters in the book. The way the Krauss told their story through their unique voices really touched me. I can't quite put my finger on why the writing in this novel moved me, but it just did.

Check this one out! I certainly enjoyed it, despite it's issues.
Iraraeal
This is the fourth or fifth time I'm reading The History of Love. First, Nicole Krauss is an excellent writer. I believe the first paragraph of this book is the best one I've ever read. Usually, when I reach the last ten pages, it takes me forever to finish the book because I don't want it to end. The humor, the humanity, the characters are wonderful. I definitely recommend it, read it not once, but several times. Each time the reading offers more and more surprises.
Kazimi
This book is not for the impatient reader. You won't want to rush through it. You may need to stop at times and think about where a previous story line left off. And instead of being annoyed, you'll be entranced by the layers and flow.

This is a beautiful story that deliciously, and often heart-breakingly, weaves past and present. I laughed, cried, feared, mourned, and loved, right along with each character. It's the kind of book I like to read over many days, a little at a time, to savor and digest.
Phenade
"If you don't know what it feels like to have someone you love put a hand below your bottom rib for the first time, what chance is there for love?"

What a reading experience! I went into this book knowing absolutely nothing about its premise. All I knew was that it is highly regarded by many of my Goodreads friends. What you should know is that right after I finished reading it, I spent the rest of the day rereading and underlining passages and clues I might have overlooked. Did you find yourself doing the same thing after watching The Sixth Sense for the first time? Don't lie!

This book is a compelling, heartwarming study of loneliness, loss and adolescence. At least ten to fifteen characters are inadvertently drawn together by a book published soon after World War II called The History of Love. The mystery behind its author and publication, and the different lives it touches up to present day unfold in a series of personal journal entries. Central to the novel are a group of teenagers who each survive and/or escape the Nazi occupation of Poland only to find the overwhelming loneliness and grief that awaits them when they attempt to "start over."

I guess it depends on what you're going through at the moment, but this book just made my heart hurt so much. Not enough to cry, but enough to remind me that I am human, and that we all have personal circumstances that we're struggling to overcome. Sometimes one good day in a gloomy month is so precious that we dread the setting of the sun. The more I think about it, the more questions I have. Love is such a complex thing, whether it's fufilled, reciprocated, or never comes to fruition...it can be the thing that pushes us forward and makes us get out of bed every morning. That is pretty powerful, and Krauss did a magnificent job of relaying that message.
Minha
This book was quite confusing read on a Kindle app for iPhone. There are different writers voices and I suspect that in the hard copy there is some way to tell which one is writing but on the Kindle app they all appear the same so it is totally confusing as to who it is who is speaking and from where and what time period. I got pretty much confused and tired of trying to figure it out so I decided to quit half way. It might be much more interesting if one could keep things straight.
Grinin
Again we are reminded the victims of the nazi's are victims their whole lives including in death. They seem dead even when living for there is no escape from the suffering they incurred to find a life worth living. Well done. Thanks for the wonderful story also including the young children trying to find peace in their father's death at a young age. Your heart breaks for them searching for love. I appreciate the way you tied it all together with the "history of love".

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