“great read!”April wrote this review Wednesday, August 22, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Beautiful story. Expertly told and captivating.”dennistkon wrote this review Tuesday, August 21, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good characters, good plot, but am I little confused. Was there any resolution at the end? This seems to be my second or third book in a row with no closure??? any one agree or can help? Was Bruno real or a figment of Leo's memories?”playagirl wrote this review Wednesday, August 15, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“aandoenlijk liefdesverhaal”piendenoord wrote this review Thursday, August 16, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“There are two protagonists in this novel: Leo Gursky, a sadly aging man whose only joys are trying to be noticed; and Alma, a curious young girl whose only joys are pestering her brother (Bird) and trying to set her widowed mom up with the mysterious man who has asked her to translate a book called The History of Love.
Yes, there's a book within a book. But if you're not the cerebral type, don't panic! There's as much Woody Allen here, as much Anne Tyler as there is Jorge Luis Borges. Truly, though, this is a voice of its own.
Gursky, who imagines from the reaction of the Starbucks employee that he must look like a cockroach in the brownie mix, who poses for a life drawing class, who begins to let us into the incredible history of his past — this man is a literary original. And Alma, who starts out simply curious about the woman in The History of Love that she is named after, ends up a a completely believable mess of an adolescent, stuck on herself, weirded out by her little brother, and determined to discover the secret to what certainly seems like a mystery.
I remember laughing out loud several times in this book, and more than once felt my breath catching. I easily fell in love with Krauss's characters and their wonderful, terrible lives. Now I can't wait. To read her first novel, Man Walks Into Room. Or to see the film adaptation. Or to talk with any of you who get to read this lovely novel.”