History Of Love: A Novel by Nicole KraussHistory Of Love: A Novel by Nicole Krauss

History Of Love: A Novel

byNicole Krauss

Paperback | April 25, 2006

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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" (Newsday).
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 Tim...
Title:History Of Love: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:272 pages, 8.22 × 5.5 × 0.67 inShipping dimensions:8.22 × 5.5 × 0.67 inPublished:April 25, 2006Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393328627

ISBN - 13:9780393328622


Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book of all time I stumbled on this book way back in high school - one of my teachers had it in a stack and I picked it out thinking it would be a cute love story novel. It quickly turned into something different - it has aspects of both a novel with it's beloved and endearing characters, and also aspects of beautifully written analogies about life and love. I've read this book so many times since through the years, sometimes straight through, other times reading only a certain character's perspective (each chapter has a different narrator), and sometimes just flipping through it to my favourite highlighted parts. I've even got a second copy to loan out to friends.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Astounded by the High Praise After reading and hearing so many good things about this novel over the years, I finally got the chance to read it and I'm truly perplexed by the high praise. For me, this novel was disjointed, choppy, and dull in parts. The ending was unrealistic and simply ridiculous with a connection between the characters which felt forced.
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Such a great book to read, highly recommended
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful This is a beautifully told story. The writing is absolutely lovely. I loved getting to know Leo and Alma, and deciphering their ties to each other. Not a book to rush through, rather to enjoy. There were a few details left unresolved at the end that I was curious about, hence the loss of a star. 4 Stars.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Story... but I bought this book and devoured it. It had me turning the pages, laughing, crying. The narratives and the prose were absolutely wonderful. You can really hear and feel what the characters are going through. I honestly enjoyed it until the very last page. After reading such a terrific story, the ending was a bit of a let down. I would still wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone. But the last page or two does not live up to the rest of the story.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Beautifully and uniquely written. The storylines and the characters both are well developed. One of my favourite books ever.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Okay I liked some parts and was bored in others. I think this is the type of book people will either love or hate.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Heartwarming This is a truly moving and heartfelt book. The characters are so likeable and well-realized. The story is engaging and culminates in an ending that is both poignant and heartwarming without resorting mawkishness.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorites I appreciated the characters of what life can be like as an elderly on our own and the reminsing of life. Keep reading til the end, friendship and love are always complicated.
Date published: 2016-10-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Book of nonesence some total gibberish, I picked up this book, because it sounded different, and reviews are good, (don't know why), but after few pages it gets just annoying. Total disappointment.
Date published: 2016-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing The front cover of this book has reviews saying 'marvelous' 'irresistible' 'ingenious'. All of these words are true. I have just finished this novel and am somewhat at a loss for words. The story is intriguing and moving, but more moving is the beauty of her writing. I was home alone when I read this book and I so wished there was someone there with me because so many times I wanted to turn to someone and read to them an extraordinarily beautiful passage. I wish you could give 1/2 starts in the ratings as I'd really like to give it 4.5, as I'd like a little more substance to the ending and a little more closure on the characters. Regardless, this book is very, very beautiful and really moved me.
Date published: 2012-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good things come to those who wait. I read this book with a puzzled look on my face at first, not knowing how the pieces of the puzzle would fit together. But it does. And it's beautiful the way the stories intertwine and finally make sense. This is a beautiful book and a beautiful story, one of the truest kinds of love.
Date published: 2010-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply lovely It's taken me a while to write this review - 2 years, in fact - but only because I had trouble finding the appropriate words to express the awe inspired in me by Nicole Krauss. She perfectly pinpoints emotions with surprising amounts of both naivete and maturity, and evokes emotions within her readers with razor-sharp precision. By far the best narrator of the three presented in this novel is Leo Gursky, whose loneliness and desperation practically drips from the pages. The repeated motif of his (i.e. the lines 'And yet.' and 'But.') seem, at first glance, oddly concise and transparent, but prove to hold way more truth and emotion in them than most novels could aspire to, as it serves as a very profound character summary. In this novel, Krauss has triumphantly reinvigorated the novel as an art form and continues to prove that literature isn't dead like we were once lead to believe.
Date published: 2010-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intensely moving. I started off reading this book and like others I found the different perspectives a little confusing at times. But, by the last third of the book or so, everything comes together. I'd have to disagree with those that were disappointed by the ending. It moved me to tears. It reminds you of the preciousness and importance each moment of life gives you. A definite must-read for those that enjoy a story with many layers and a profound message.
Date published: 2010-04-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Moving and Confusing! I enjoyed parts of this book. The characters were interesting, and parts of the story were very moving. There were mysteries, and twists and turns that kept me interested enough to continue to the end of the book. However, I spent a lot of my time feeling frustrated because I had a hard time keeping the characters and events straight. Some of that confusion began to unravel in the last third or so of the book. Now that I've finished it, I still haven't quite wrapped my head around the whole story.
Date published: 2009-07-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed I was intrigued when I started reading this book. The writing style was very creative and I appreciated that. However, the ending was a flop. It left me with a feeling of apathy towards the characters and as a result, the story in its entirety. Although I enjoyed most of the book, I have to give it a low rating because of its weak ending. Sometimes a great ending no matter how sad makes a book unforgettable. Unfortunately, this was not the case for "The History of Love."
Date published: 2009-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly good The History of Love is the story of Leo Gursky, and old man living in New York who is trying to extend his life for just a bit longer, or at the very least die in a place where he not remain unfound for weeks. It is also the story of Alma, a fourteen year old girl, looking for a way to make her mother smile again after the death of her husband, Alma’s father. In separate worlds and unbeknownst to one another this unlikely pair works toward survival in both metaphorical and literal ways. Nicole Krauss’ should be commended for the quality of her writing in this novel, as it adds tremendous depth to the telling of this story. Her poetic descriptions add an additional dimension of beauty to the novel, while her witty observations bring balance to the moments of sadness. The combination of these elements make this novel highly readable and very entertaining.
Date published: 2009-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A New Way To Look At Longing Briliant! The kind of book you can read over and over, and every time you look at it, you will find something new and special. It's about loving and losing, about immigration, about growing old, and about how the world ties together in unexpected ways. And best of all: it paints longing in a new light. Not a book to be reserved only for diehard romantics.
Date published: 2008-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book I've read in a while I was engaged from the beginning. It was at times laugh out loud funny and alternately poignant and sad. I loved the characters of Leon and Alma. I loved the imagery of butterflies, angels, and other ephemeral beings. I felt Alma's brother especially endearing. Definitely a must read.
Date published: 2008-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking... The beauty and skill of this book left me breathless...Krauss is an amazing storyteller and she tackles difficult subjects and intangible subjects such as need,want, love and identity while maintaining an unparalleled degree of clarity. Her prose and level in introspection with respects to human emotions is not only moving as it is a feat in itself. Beautiful read...
Date published: 2007-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deeply moving A beautiful novel, containing multiple beautiful voices and poetic pieces. A must-read!
Date published: 2007-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply beautiful It is one of the most beautiful book I have ever read. A book of love that I love.
Date published: 2006-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Brilliant Book I had two all time favourite books (The ones listed below). But. Now I have three! This story is absolutely brilliant and I wanted to read it slowly to savour it. As soon as I finished I wanted to read it again. There is so much to think about within the stories. I would recommend anyone to read this book and especially book clubs as there is so much to discuss.
Date published: 2006-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart breaking Rarely does a book touch me as deeply as this one did. I wept . This beautiful book will break your heart..
Date published: 2006-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stories of love This book is right up with "Shadow of the Wind" by Zafron as the 2 best books I've read in the past few years and I read a lot. If you like well-told stories and like them well-written, you'll love this book. The intrigue is well developed and the characters of Leo, Alma and even Bird are endearing. I finished the book then, just started reading it again. I wanted the characters to continue. Now, I want to read more books by Nicole Krauss.
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've read it 3 times in 4 months! History of Love is wonderfully written and captures the reality of humanity and emotion. Krauss is creative in her choice of words and describes the characters beautifully. This was one of those books I had to purchase, and I enjoy reading it again and again.
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written Nicole Krauss has created a wonderful piece of literature, enticing the reader with her use of words and style of writing. Thoroughly enjoyable and worth the hardcover price!
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not really a history of anything ... This book is not nearly as enticing as its title let's on. I was expecting a story of unrequited love that survives decades; and instead read a story of meddling children, grumpy old men, deception and that things are never quite what they seem. It isn't really a history of anything, nevermind a history of the loves of the characters in the book. The writing style was interesting enough to keep me hoping, page after page, that something worthwhile would happen; but alas, nothing did.
Date published: 2006-05-30

Editorial Reviews

Vertiginously exciting…Beyond the vigorous whiplash that keeps The History of Love moving (and keeps its reader off balance until a stunning finale), this novel is tightly packed with ingenious asides…Even at their most oddball, these flourishes reflect the deep, surprising wisdom that gives this novel its ultimate heft.—Janet Maslin, New York TimesAt least as heartbreaking as it is hilarious.—Washington PostKrauss writes like an angel.—GuardianOne of the most passionate vindications of the written word in recent fiction. It takes one’s breath away.—SpectatorIt’s the sort of book that makes life bearable after all.—Miami HeraldA significant novel, genuinely one of the year’s best. Emotionally wrenching yet intellectually rigorous, idea-driven but with indelible characters and true suspense.—New YorkBig, bold, twist-your-heart sad, kick-your-heels joyful—Nicole Krauss's brilliant novel is as deep and multifaceted as love itself.—Marie ClaireIt restores your faith in fiction. It restores all sorts of faith.—Ali SmithNicole Krauss's gripping new voice doesn't work its way into the pantheon of American voices: it literally walks straight up to them and asks them to move over.—Andre Aciman