Nicole Krauss’ Great House was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her critically acclaimed debut novel Man Walks Into a Room follows Samson Greene, who, during the removal of a brain tumor, loses his adult memories. Feeling lost as an outsider in his own life, Samson agrees to participate in a scientific experiment in which memories are grafted from one brain to another.More
“[M]ysterious and compelling. . . . Krauss brings to her work a poet’s gift for seizing upon small but potent details. . . . [A] novel that . . . is hard to forget.” (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
“By turns creepy, witty, austere, and vibey. . . . A major contribution to the art of collective obliviousness, a lonely meditation on the nature of memory and loss.” (Esquire)
“A provocative first novel. . .beautifully written, intellectually engaging. . .Krauss has a remarkable feel for what is ultimately unfathomable.” (Chicago Tribune)
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Great story idea, poor execution
I absolutely loved The History of Love, Nicole Krauss' later novel. It was so beautifully written, poetic, touching, interesting. This book, however, is a huge disappointment. The writing is juvenile, awkward, and forced. The plot line and characters are weak. And the narrator does a very poor job, especially with dialogue. His voice is breathy and trails off at the end of each sentence. He is overly dramatic. His style reminds me of a 1950's radio show narration.
The redeeming quality of this novel is simply that it's based around a fantastic concept, which should be a seed for a well cultivated story, but rather it's left to dry out and disappoint.
Waste of a credit.