Too Much
Just the Way

All Five

"There are so many ways to be alive, but only one way to be dead. Now that mine is almost over, I can say that the thing that struck me most about life is the capacity for change."      -- Leo Gursky, The History of Love

I read a lot.  I rarely find a book worth five stars.  Four. . . quite often.  Five. . . hardly ever.  (Wolf Hall.  I gave that one five stars.  But I'm such a Tudor freak.  And it was so very well done.) 

Anyway.  This one. . .


All five.  Breathtaking!


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Have you read the novels of C J Sansome? He has written a series of Tudor Who Dunnits with a lawyer as the sleuth. They go into minute detail about the everyday and court life of the times and are excellent - as whodunnits, as historical fiction and as a well written novel. The first one takes a bit of getting into but the rest are wonderful.

I also gave Wolf Hall the full 5.


I don't know if I've ever given a book a 5 rating. Will have to find this book and give it a look see!


I too am stingy with my 5-star ratings, but I started one last night that will get that rating: Little Bee by Chris Cleave. Startling well-written, great depth of thought, and unexpected humor. He (she?) has a previous book, Incendiary, that I plan to read soon.

Before I request The History of Love from the library, would you recommend the analog book or the audio version?


Thanks... (adding to reading list)!


Thanks for the tip! If you're looking for a good audiobook, Girl in Translation is excellent.


History of Love is a great, great book. Even now, years after reading it, I stop and say "Ohhhh, Leo..." when I'm describing it to a bookstore customer. Nicloe Krauss' new book Great House comes out in October, by the way...

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