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The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
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Jun 25, 15

bookshelves: general-market-fiction, contemporary
Read from October 29 to November 04, 2012

There is a lot to like about "The History of Love" by Nicole Krauss. It is full of beautiful writing and the way the seemingly random pieces come together is quite lovely. I'd have rated it four stars, except that it featured a pet-peeve of mine, not exactly extensively, but too much. I've noticed that literary fiction seems to be enamored of bringing bodily functions into the narrative...

Oh, I'll just say it. I don't like reading about poop.

I suppose it quickly humanizes a character to discuss his commonalities with the rest of mankind, and it quickly humbles him to put his private matters on display. I don't know, and I'm not going to analyze it further. If I was a cheeky 19-year-old looking for a term paper topic, maybe I'd go for it. But I'm not.
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message 1: by Melee (new)

Melee I've yet to read this book in full, but I love your review! That's one of my greatest pet peeves, as well. I just really don't appreciate reading about *ahem* bodily functions. ;) (I like your short analysis, though! Maybe that is the reason behind it all...)


Brandy Thanks Melee! :) I knew there was a point to it (because after all, in less than 300 pages there's no room to waste words) but -- just ew. I really did enjoy the book overall, but I have quite a low tolerance for grossness these days.


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