the book heart: no. 5 (the history of love)

Monday, February 17, 2014

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The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss, is a book that holds the best kind of characters. That is, the kind of characters that exist off the page. They're real enough that even the unwritten parts of them, the parts us readers don't get to see, still exist. And you know that somewhere in their book universe they go on living long after you've finished reading. 

It's the kind of book that all comes together in the last 50 pages. The kind of book that you read to the end with a tight chest, and then as soon as you reach the last page, all the breath rushes out of you. I won't get into the plot much, because it all sounds strange and silly when you say it out loud. Somehow Krauss ties it together perfectly. She writes it with just enough heart to make it meaningful, and just enough imperfection for it to resonate. 

It's a book that I will read again, with pleasure. I'm also pleased to have been just as affected by another book by Krauss. (Her debut, Man Walks Into a Room was one of the books in the first Book Heart series.) I'm looking forward to reading more by her. 


  1. YES! YES! YES!!! The History of Love was my favorite book from 2012!!!

  2. Also this is strange, but sometimes in yoga class, certain poses and certain moments cause me to relive pieces of this book all over again. Definitely a great book, that sticks with me to this day.

    1. Oh this makes me happy! Have you read her other books? I'm just about to start Great House.

    2. No, I haven't! I've been in somewhat of a reading rut though so perhaps I will pick up Man Walks into a Room!


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