Sunday, September 2, 2012

Bookish Sundays: History of Love

Title: The History of Love

Author: Nicole Krauss

Category: Fiction

Synopsis [c/o Barnes & Noble]: "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.
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.”
Overview: A quirkily written novel of love, loss, age and experience.  Krauss has an amazing ability to draw together supposedly unconnected stories into one meaningful tale of acceptance.  I wish I could describe the book in better detail, but honestly, there are no words.  Let me just say that as soon as I put it down, I felt as though I lost a best friend.  It's the kind of novel that I never want to end; not particularly full of happy endings, but lessons abound.  Let me know if you decide to pick it up, and are able to relay the pages better than I.


  1. That sounds really great - maybe I should pick it up for my last summer read before work starts again! Your dog guest seems to be enjoying the book, too! Thanks for the birthday wishes, we had a really great party yesterday =) xo

  2. I read this last year and I loooooved it. I basically bawled at the end. I want to read it again actually.

  3. adding it to my Kindle samples!

  4. Will add to my "must read" list! Just finished "The Piano Teacher" after your book review. Interesting read, but tragic!!

  5. Really lovely dog! Really love it!


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