The History of Love

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2005 - Fiction - 252 pages
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Leo Gursky is just about surviving, tapping his radiator each evening to let his upstairs neighbor know he's still alive. But life wasn't always like this: sixty years ago, in the Polish village where he was born, Leo fell in love and wrote a book. And though Leo doesn't know it, that book survived, inspiring fabulous circumstances, even love. Fourteen-year-old Alma was named after a character in that very book. And although she has her hands full--keeping track of her brother, Bird (who thinks he might be the Messiah), and taking copious notes on How to Survive in the Wild--she undertakes an adventure to find her namesake and save her family. With consummate, spellbinding skill, Nicole Krauss gradually draws together their stories.

This extraordinary book was inspired by the author's four grandparents and by a pantheon of authors whose work is haunted by loss--Bruno Schulz, Franz Kafka, Isaac Babel, and more. It is truly a history of love: a tale brimming with laughter, irony, passion, and soaring imaginative power.
  

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Loved the pacing of this book. - LibraryThing
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I will say now, I love Krauss' husband's writing. - LibraryThing
A lost love story worth reading. - LibraryThing
So, the plot is intriguing. - LibraryThing
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Nicole Krauss has, I suspect, a great deal of literary ambition. She is the author of MAN WALKS INTO A ROOM, which was well received, and THE HISTORY OF LOVE was shortlistded for the Orange Prize. She ... Read full review

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User Review  - KatieCarella - LibraryThing

This is a book that makes you think about life and love and how everything eventually comes full-circle, whether it happens when you want it to or not. I'm still confused about who Jacob Marcus is though...anyone? Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
32
Section 2
35
Section 3
65
Section 4
75
Section 5
110
Section 6
119
Section 7
151
Section 8
153
Section 21
227
Section 22
228
Section 23
229
Section 24
230
Section 25
231
Section 26
232
Section 27
234
Section 28
235

Section 9
170
Section 10
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Section 11
192
Section 12
203
Section 13
207
Section 14
219
Section 15
220
Section 16
222
Section 17
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Section 18
224
Section 19
225
Section 20
226
Section 29
236
Section 30
237
Section 31
238
Section 32
239
Section 33
240
Section 34
242
Section 35
247
Section 36
248
Section 37
251
Section 38
252
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About the author (2005)

Nicole Krauss is an international best selling author. The History of Love (W.W. Norton 2005) won the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, France's Prix du Meilleur Livre ?tranger, was named #1 book of the year by Amazon.com, and was short-listed for the Orange, Médicis, and Femina prizes. Nicole's first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for First Fiction. In 2007, she was selected as one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists, and in 2010 The New Yorker named her one of the 20 best writers under 40. Her most recent novel is GREAT HOUSE (W.W. Norton October 2010). Nicole's books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Krauss recently completed a Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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