Other reviewers say that people loved this book. I read it based on its strong positive reviews. It didn't work for me. I read it clear to the end, hoping to understand it or to like it better. I read a lot, and this book was a total waste of time...I hated it! The idea was good, but it was too disjointed to follow easily, too broken up to be a smooth story. Very sorry I spent the time on it. D.
I absolutely LOVE this book! It's complex, it's well written, it's compelling, it's a keeper! The stories intertwine enough to follow the characters, but could be read separately. The little tics "And yet." and "But." were so real, I could hear them being said, with a wistful sigh. I will read it again, just for the sheer joy of reading such a great novel.
The History of Love, a novel within an novel, champions the idea of enduring love and connection. Three storylines—a retired locksmith in New York, a teenager named after the protagonist of the title novel, and a Polish-Chilean writer— are slowly woven together, entreating the reader to discover the connection between them. Nicole Krauss does an admirable job keeping those voices distinct and playing with inventive forms (for example, the teenager's chapters are formatted with numbered headlines). However, I didn't find one of the major characters sympathetic and didn't care for the short sentence fragments that dot his chapters. Although the connection is realized in the end, it seemed anticlimactic as the other interesting characters that Krauss has created are swept aside for the moment of the All-Important-Connection. The story collapsed into being about the life of that one character. Overall, it was an interesting read.