Book Review: The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

Author: Nicole Krauss
Title: The History of Love
Publication Info: W.W. Norton & Co. (2006)
ISBN: 0316013684


This book tells the interweaving stories of two people.  One an elderly Holocaust survivor Leo Gursky who escaped too late to find that his true love has married another man and is also raising his son. The other is a teenage girl who tries to find meaning in the book her mother is translating which contains the character Alma for whom she is named.  I always fall in the trap of summarizing books when I review them, but I shant do that here.  Frankly I’m not even quite sure what happened in this book.  But I do know that it has some lovely writing with many amazing passages.  If the narrative is complex and disjointed the novel goes straight to the heart at exploring love, loneliness, grief, and the need to connect.
Rating: ***

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