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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (29 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141021152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141021157
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nicole Krauss was born in New York in 1974. This is her first novel, which was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Best Book Award. Her second novel, The History of Love, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. She lives in Brooklyn.

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By Alfred J. Kwak on 29 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
Having enjoyed NS's magnificent and touching second ("The History of Love") and third novel ("The Great House") earlier, her debut novel is a bit disappointing. This reader did not feel the urgency of the later books. Surely, it is well-researched and competently put on paper, but it lacks the passionate combination of brilliant plotting and imagination, warmth and energy of her two later novels. On the back cover it is said [by the Washington Post] that the book's final page is worth savoring. This reader stared and stared, wondering what he missed and feels stupid.
The novel is about memory loss and memory transfer and is situated in New York, Nevada and California. The story: (1) a dirty, dehydrated man in a suit is found by Nevada highway police and hospitalized. He does not know his own name. He turns out to be Samson Greene (SG), a 36-year old Columbia University professor from New York, declared missing by his wife and his English Literature department.(2) the hospital in Las Vegas finds a brain tumor and removes it quickly. It may have been the cause of SG's westward trip. After the operation, he remembers only his first 12 years in California: his memory loss started in New York and his move westward was homeward, to his mother. (3) back in NY, his initial key interests and fears are those of a 12-year old. Samson does not recognize anything because the last 24 years of his memory have evaporated. His wife Anna, dog Frank, apartment, friends, colleagues? Nothing. But looking over his apartment fills him with some pride. (4) Tests or therapy cannot restore the 24 lost years, but show that Samson is still highly intelligent and that his brain picks up and stores every new event and experience perfectly.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cake on 27 Nov. 2010
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Coming at this fresh from Krauss' literary achievement, second novel 'A History of Love', it was hugely disappointing. And it's a shame that many readers who come across this first won't make it to the second book.

If her editor had been more brave the sci-fi hokum tacked absurdly into the middle of this novel - like finding a spicy potato wedge stuck in your ice-cream - would have been dispensed with. (Hang on... that just might work.) And once you've cut the enigmatic desert scene - ripped from 'Paris, Texas' - and various bits pinched from other films - and lose the TV melodramtics when he goes back to his childhood home - and the numerous incongruities that are not accounted for when a man reverts to his 12 year old self but is still 'a grown man' - phew, you'd probably end up with a thoughtful mid-life-crisis short story of perhaps 15 pages. It would be quality, though as Krasss could even then muster the occasional sensitive insight. This is why it deserves at least one star - while at times it's like reading a precocious school-kid's English homework there is a flash of incisive observation about life the universe and - well maybe not quite 'everything' - for that you'd just have to take a chance and get her follow-up, 'A History of Love'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R W Harris on 15 Dec. 2012
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A load of rubbish. Expected something special from Nicole Krauss and felt let down. Anyway is will help me light my home fire to keep me warm. !!
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