Summer Read #4: “The History of Love” Nicole Krauss
I am going to be honest: I really had no hope for the female contemporary novelist. I thought, mistakenly, that all we women wrote about was love and sex with passive aggressive businessmen, vampires, and womanizers.
I don’t think I have ever been so moved by a work of fiction in my entire life. I read “The History of Love” out of curiosity. I had only known Krauss as Jonathan Safran Foer’s wife, but I watched her discuss the basis for her newest novel, which sounded like a book I wanted to read. I picked up all of her books, actually, getting “The History of Love” first.
Leo Gursky is probably the most human and moving character I have ever read. And yet. The novel never pales in comparison to him. Alma Singer. Litvinoff. Bruno. Bird. Every character is so interesting and overwhelming at times that I found myself so very disappointed when I finished this book some eleven minutes ago.
Mrs. Krauss, I am thoroughly impressed and excited that you exist. You are writing books that I feared were not being written unless by your husband. I eagerly await your next two novels in the mail. I want to write a book like this someday.Tags: #Nicole Krauss #The History of Love