Leo Gursky, an old man, living in NYC. He taps on the radiator each morning to let his upstairs neighbor know he is alive. Was once in love with a girl in Poland named Alma. He wrote a book, The History of Love, about their love before he barely escapes the Holocaust.
Alma Singer, a lonely teenager who was named after a character in a book by her father, who has recently dies. Her story is a coming-of-age one.
Bird: Alma's brother
Zvi Litvinoff, the published author of The History of Love
Multiple, sometimes unreliable, narrators. Non-linear story.
Writing: Well-written, lyrical with well-defined characters. Sometimes too hard handed and some plot points could be inferred too soon.
Themes: Loss, Identity, Loneliness
Bottom Line Thoughts: Liked it more looking back than during. Love the idea that a book can hold such a forceful potency in so many lives. At times had to force myself to pick it back up as the beauty and plan were a bit better than the execution.