Posts Tagged ‘memory’

26th October
2010
written by Steph

With all of the hubbub surrounding Nicole Krauss of late – her newest novel Great House was published at the start of the month and has since been officially named as a contender for the National Book Award – I’m sure many readers who are new to her work may be curious about her earlier works of fiction. The History of Love is one of my very favorite books, as I find it to be a perfectly lethal combination of heartwrenching emotion and gorgeous writing, and it’s just one of those books that I truly savor every line of. Ever since I read it (well before my blogging days), I knew I’d happily read anything Krauss wrote, because she’s exactly the kind of writer I love; thoughtful, sensitive, and a true artist when it comes to choosing her words. If I could write half as well as her, well, I’d be very a happy woman. Instead, I satisfy myself by reading her books, and that’s not a bad condolence prize, truth be told. When I was preparing for my interview with Nicole Krauss for the October issue of BookPage (which you can read here, if you haven’t already), I wanted to make sure I had read all of her published works. I was lucky enough to come across a copy of Man Walks Into a Room a while back at McKay’s, and I used my impending conversation as the catalyst to finally read the darn thing. You see, I’m what you might call a book hoarder. I not only buy more books than I can read, but I also tend to do this thing where I save books that I think I’ll love so that I know they’re waiting for me. I like knowing there are still bona fide good books that I’ll enjoy ahead of me, and I’ve gotten very good at delaying gratification. Hence why despite loving Jane Austen, I’ve still never read Mansfield Park or Persuasion (or any of her shorter works)… I just need to know there is still some Jane out there for me to freshly discover. I don’t like the idea of living in a world where there’s no more new Austen for me. So I wait. And I did this with Man Walks Into a Room for a long time too. (more…)