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The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
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Apr 23, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: read-2012
Read from April 16 to 23, 2012

I am on the fence of how I want to rate this book.

I absolutely LOVED the character of Leo Gursky, an old man who fell in love, wrote a book about that love, managed to surrive the Holocaust, and came to America where he lived a long but lonely life. The character of Gursky was very well developed and quite heart-breaking. He often made me think of many other people who have lived as long as he. For his character alone, I want to give the book a 5 star rating, but...

The book was also jointly narrated by Alma Singer, an young girl who is trying to remember her lost father and help her depressed mother. Her sections of the book are written in lists which I found very annoying. Alma develops an attachment to a book that her mother is translating titled 'The History of Love'. Hence the two stories of Gursky and Alma entwine. But not until the very end, thus for most of the story I was wondering, other than the book, what one had to do with the other. Thus I would give the book a 3 star rating.

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