Review- The History of Love: A Novel

It’s been a quiet day…just resting and watching TV because I woke up this morning with a sore throat 😦
But my adorable cat, Lucy, will make it all better!

 

Cuddle time

I recently finished a book from Nicole Krauss called The History of Love: A Novel for my third book club (I guess I love reading!)
Here’s a description of the book from the author’s website:

Leo Gursky is trying to survive a little bit longer, tapping his radiator each evening to let his upstairs neighbor know he’s still alive, drawing attention to himself at the milk counter of Starbucks. 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 although he doesn’t know it, that book also survived: it crossed oceans and generations, and changed lives.

Fourteen-year-old Alma was named after a character in that book. She has her hands full keeping track of her little brother Bird (who thinks he might be the Messiah) and taking copious notes in her book, How to Survive in the Wild Volume Three. But when a mysterious letter arrives in the mail she undertakes an adventure to find her namesake and save her family.


I immediately fell in love with the character of Leo Gursky. His sadness and pitiful existence (according to him) draws in the reader right from the start. He has such a gut wrenching story and you can’t help but feel for him and his situation.
The book gets a little confusing as the multiple story lines progress. Narration switches between four characters, mainly focusing on Leo Gursky and Alma Singer, and the book is about another book of the same name. But eventually, the intertwined stories come together in a very interesting way which the reader starts to understand about 2/3 of the way through, but the main characters don’t realize until the very end. The suspense that built off waiting for their interaction was very interesting to me and held my attention. And the end was just heartbreaking in the best way possible…it was very fitting.

I really enjoyed reading this very accessible book (about 250 pages) by the wife of Jonathan Safran Foer, and I think a lot of good discussion will come out of it when I meet up with some gals for book club on Monday.

I am looking forward to reading Krauss’s husband’s book Eating Animals very soon! But I don’t think that will make it to book club…

Happy long weekend to you!

 

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. rc1001
    Jan 17, 2011 @ 22:44:19

    I really want to read Eating Animals!

    Reply

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