Book #46 out of 50 Books Read in 2010: The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
Friday, December 17, 2010
Plot synopsis from amazon,com:
Leo Gursky has a weak heart, and may die at any moment. Virtually no one knows him, and his own son never even knew of him; he drops his change and buys things, just so someone might remember him when he dies. Sixty years ago, he fled Nazi-occupied Poland to pursue a childhood sweetheart to America, but she thought he had died, and married someone else.
Before that happened, Leo wrote a exquisite ode to her, called the "History of Love," a fictional look at love's origins, its milestones, and at a mysterious girl called Alma. A copy of that book found its way into another teenage girl's household. Now, as her grief-stricken mother translates one of the few copies of this book into English, the girl sets out on a journey of discovery -- about the mystery author, the person who wants the translation, and a mysterious woman named Alma.
"He was a great writer. He fell in love. It was his life." These are the final words of this unique book,which is haunting and quietly funny, and leaves you thinking about memories, about death, and about love. This is a gorgeous book. It is funny, sad, and quirky. I highly recommend it.