“What a beautiful, well-thought-out story. I thought the title sounded awful, but was happily surprised that it was just the title of a book within this book. The mystery of the author, the sad story of Alma and Leo... I'd give it 5 stars, but wanted more closure at te end. More of a way for Leo to become immortal through his book. It kind of faded out... In a lovely way, but in a sad way. This was my World Book Night gift from a friend, and it was very good. I can't wait to pass it on.”Cherylanne wrote this review Saturday, May 12, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Yes, this is about love, but for me, it’s mostly about writing. It begins with a brave and endearing portrait of the old man, Leo Gursky, the writer who has lost his book. He spends his time working on being visible to the people around him, making sure that people will know he is walking the earth with them.
Leo wrote a book when he was still a young man in Poland, but he lost it when he had to hide from the Nazis. This novel is about that book, and the independent life it leads. It is published under a different name; it travels and is translated; it brings lovers together; it gives a young girl her name. This novel is also the story of that young girl and her brother. They themselves seem like refugees in this world, looking for their places.
All the characters in this book, including the book, struggle with the question of identity. All of them feel blessedly special and yet unutterably lonely and apart.
At times, the writing is crystalline and perfect, and at other times, it is a little jerky, like the labored breathing of a runner. It switches voices frequently, and not always smoothly, but generally the slightly off-key structure works well. It reminds us that writing doesn’t have to fit any particular structure; it just has to be honest.
“Love Leo's way of thinking. Imaginative story of the power of love. ”bklvr2 wrote this review Friday, April 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book disappointed me. I had read and loved Great House by the same author and while I recognize that that book was written after this one, they are the same book with the first being a pale,distant cousin of the 2nd. History of Love is a series of confusing interconnected stories that serve to puzzle the reader more than the story merits. I'm all for a challenge when I read, but this had no pay off. Choose Great House -- it is leaner, more focused, yet with a much broader meaning.”M. Mann wrote this review Thursday, April 12, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not sure. I'm a little confused. It jumps around.”Caralynn W wrote this review Tuesday, April 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved it!”Annalisa Iglesias wrote this review Monday, April 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Don't remember thinking...wow just ok. Oh well.”April wrote this review Sunday, April 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Our bookclub selection for May,I found it exceptionally beautiful and incredibly multi-layered. The title of the book is actually the title of another book that was written by one man--and stolen by another. The original writer doesn't even know that his work was published until a series of incidents leads him to the truth and a young girl who is also searching for him. Very hard to describe this one, but it was pure poetry.
“I kept reading this hoping it would get better. It didn't.”Marilyn C wrote this review Sunday, March 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No