January 17, 2014

Book Review: The History of Love

I haven't done book reviews on my blog since my 25 before 25 challenge, but I love reading them on other blogs, so I thought I'd start doing them again as a way to keep track of the books I'm reading each year...something I've always wanted to do.

The first book I've finished this year is The History of Love by Nicole Krass.

From Good Reads: Fourteen-year-old Alma singer is trying to find a cure for her mother's loneliness. Believing that she might discover it is an old book her mother is lovingly translating, she sets out in search of its author. Across New York an old man named Leo Gursky is trying to survive a little bit longer. He spends his days dreaming of the lost love who sixty years ago in Poland, inspired him to write a book. And although he doesn't know it yet, that book also survived: crossing oceans and generations, and changing lives... 

What I thought: This story was exceptionally beautiful. I think the only way to really understand what this book is about, is to read it. Leo Gursky is the main character, His approach to life is so raw that I had to wonder if the character was real. I don't think everyone would like this book. The book alternates from the perspectives of Leo, Alma and later, Alma's younger brother, 'Bird' and that gets confusing at times. I wouldn't call this a page-turner, but I found myself eagerly anticipating what would happen next and walking off the Metro with my nose in the book. 

What are you reading these days?

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like it was a good one! (PS I always loved reading on the Metro....I got SO much more reading done when I commuted into DC).


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