The History of Love by Nicole Krauss, Grade: A
A book that entertains is worthy of reading, I read this with the intention of being entertained…I finished it amazed. The History of Love is a tale of two lives intertwined amongst devastating events, captivating characters and romance. And when I say romance, I don’t brand this to be a romantic novel, it’s much deeper than that, it’s intelligent, polished and a delicate tribute to human life.
I couldn’t possibly pick a single quote as my favourite, instead here’s a passage from my favourite anecdote of the book; “He suggested they take a walk through the park. This time it was he who stopped, took Alma in his arms, and kissed her. When his knee’s started to shake and he pictured himself lying in splinters of glass he fought the urge to pull away. He ran his fingers down her spine over her thin blouse, and for a moment he forgot the danger he was in, grateful for the world which purposefully puts divisions in place so that we can overcome them, feeling the joy of getting closer, even if deep down we can never forget the sadness of our insurmountable differences. Before he knew it, he was shaking violently. He seized his muscles to try to stop. Alma felt his hesitation. She leaned back and looked at him with something like hurt, and then he almost but didn’t say the two sentences he’d been meaning to say for years: Part of me is made of glass, and also, I love you.”
The theme of tragedy has always captivated me, I'm drawn to it like a moth to light, troublesome events carry such character and poignancy, and within this novel Krauss delivers it beautifully. I fell in love with the characters in the story, you can't help but do so! Speech is used a lot, but that's what makes the story so convincing and true to its ideas. I must mention the way of which the text is laid out within the pages; your eyes are guided around whimsical structures and particularly at the end of the novel, each paragraph has its own page building up the excitement towards the end of the story.
I couldn’t recommend this book enough, Nicole Krauss truly enlightened me. You can find this book everywhere, amazon or ebay will of course have the best deals though... thanks for reading!
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