Behind the Bind: The History of Love


Jack Hannigan, Contributor

The History of Love is a beautiful story about love, life, and human nature. The History of Love was written by Nicole Krauss, a very successful writer after this book jump-started her career, and published by W. W. Norton & Company. The book is quite short at a mere 252 pages, but each of these pages is handcrafted and feel alive, and keeps making you turn to the next page.

The story has three perspectives, one is of Leo, a sixty-year-old Holocaust survivor trying to find meaning in his life.  Another is of Alma, a 15-year-old girl who is trying to cope with the tragic death of her father from cancer.  Lastly is  Zvi, an old friend of Leos. The story mainly revolves around these three characters and how they all somehow connect to one another, and the struggles they go through to be happy. This is portrayed best through the character, Alma, and her journey of finding out who wrote the book The History of Love.

In short, I believe this is a must-read for anyone who enjoys drama, romance, and a book with an actual meaning. Each page feels like homemade cookies, prepared with time and care. The story is filled with exciting drama that’s the definition of a page-turner and has a beautiful message. This book overall is a masterpiece and a classic that should go down with the likes of The Great Gatsby.