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ISBN13: 9780393340648
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For twenty-five years, a reclusive American novelist has been writing at the desk she inherited from a young Chilean poet who disappeared at the hands of Pinochet's secret police; one day a girl claiming to be the poet's daughter arrives to take it away, sending the writer's life reeling. Across the ocean, in the leafy suburbs of London, a man caring for his dying wife discovers, among her papers, a lock of hair that unravels a terrible secret. In Jerusalem, an antiques dealer slowly reassembles his father's study, plundered by the Nazis in Budapest in 1944.

Connecting these stories is a desk of many drawers that exerts a power over those who possess it or have given it away. As the narrators of Great House make their confessions, the desk takes on more and more meaning, and comes finally to stand for all that has been taken from them, and all that binds them to what has disappeared. Great House is a story haunted by questions: What do we pass on to our children and how do they absorb our dreams and losses? How do we respond to disappearance, destruction, and change?

Nicole Krauss has written a soaring, powerful novel about memory struggling to create a meaningful permanence in the face of inevitable loss. "This is a novel about the long journey of a magnificent desk as it travels through the twentieth century from one owner to the next. It is also a novel about love, exile, the defilements of war, and the restorative power of language." National Book Award citation

Review:

"[An] elegiac novel...achieved through exquisitely chosen sensory details that reverberate with emotional intensity." Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"The most heartbreaking part of Great House, the third novel by Nicole Krauss, is having to finish it....As the mysteries of this beautifully written novel come spooling out, you'll marvel at how profoundly one brilliantly crafted metaphor involving a mute wooden artifact can remind us what it means to be alive." Rachel Rosenblit

Review:

"Krauss' masterful rendition of character is breathtaking, compelling....This tour de force of fiction writing will deeply satisfy fans of the author's first two books and bring her legions more.Surely if there is one book each author is meant to write, then there might also be one book each reader is meant to read. For plenty of fans out there, Great House just might be that book.Krauss' third novel...is perhaps even more indicative [than The History of Love] of her ability to weave intricate storylines, craft emotionally layered characters and expertly draw out the pain, difficulty, and extreme complexity of human relationships." Juliet Linderman, Jewcy.com (Starred Review)

Review:

"Krauss herself is a fiction pioneer, toying with fresh ways of rendering experience and emotion, giving us readers the thrill of seeing the novel stretched into amorphous new shapes." Sandee Brawarsky, Jewish Week

Review:

"Artlessly lovely...the pleasure of reading this book is in its details, its intimation of sincerity, its quiet wisdom." Maureen Corrigan Fresh Air, NPR

Review:

"Steeped in place and memory, Great House is a worthy successor to Krauss' earlier works, more complex and more challenging." Janet Byrne, Huffington Post

Review:

"Krauss has a unique way of assembling novels — baroque, complex, and with stunning tidiness that isn't clear until the very last page. All the parts do fit together in the end. The shape they form is the ghastly Great House, and its walls are ideas that leave the reader reverberating." Robin Vidimos, The Denver Post

Review:

"A novel brimming with insights into the human psyche...often haunting and ultimately rewarding." Monica Rhor

Review:

"Krauss can do just about anything she wants with the English language." Ann Harleman

Review:

"This stunning work showcases Krauss's consistent talent....Much like in Krauss's The History of Love, the sharply etched characters seem at first arbitrarily linked across time and space, but Krauss pulls together the disparate elements, settings, characters, and fragile connective tissue to form a formidable and haunting mosaic of loss and profound sorrow." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Review:

"Exquisite...Krauss is a poetic stylist whose prose gives tremendous weight to her characters' pain and struggles." Sharon Dilworth

Review:

"Krauss' organic scenes soar, she is stunning." Karen R. Long

Review:

"While her prior, much-vaunted novel, The History of Love, was certainly fresh and winning, Great House strikes me as a richer, more seasoned exploration of the themes and images that bedevil Krauss....Krauss' sentences are so beautiful, rendered in such simple, clear language, I had to stop to reread many." Sam Sacks The Wall Street Journal

Review:

"[A] brave new novel...[Krauss] has written one of the most lyrical novels I've read in a long time." Mike Fischer

Review:

"One of America's most important novelists and an international literary sensation." Sam Tanenhaus

Review:

"Stunning....I was captivated by the first chapter and never disappointed thereafter. The richness of invention, the beauty of the prose, the aptness of her central images, the depth of feeling: who would not be moved?" Andrea Barrett, author of Ship Fever

Review:

"Krauss' masterful rendition of character is breathtaking, compelling....This tour de force of fiction writing will deeply satisfy fans of the author's first two books and bring her legions more." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"Krauss' third novel...is perhaps even more indicative [than The History of Love] of her ability to weave intricate storylines, craft emotionally layered characters and expertly draw out the pain, difficulty, and extreme complexity of human relationships." Book Page

Synopsis:

Finalist for the 2010 National Book Award in Fiction
Winner of the 2011 ABA Indies Choice Honor Award in Fiction
Winner of the 2011 Anisfield-Wolf Award
Shortlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize in Fiction

A powerful, soaring novel about a stolen desk that contains the secrets, and becomes the obsession, of the lives it passes through.

About the Author

Nicole Krauss is the author of Man Walks into a Room, and the international bestsellers The History of Love and Great House. Her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Penny Hawkins, October 24, 2014 (view all comments by Penny Hawkins)
This book is beautifully written; a bit confusing as it is not a 'novel' but rather a series of short stories. Personally, although I appreciate its quality, it was not my cup of tea. Very depressing.
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Silvers Reviews, September 24, 2011 (view all comments by Silvers Reviews)
An empty apartment, a friend who has furniture to give away, and now a furniture-filled apartment with lots of stories and a wonderful desk.

Then....after twenty-five years, the desk that she loved was being claimed by a relative of its original owner...she knew it would happen one day, but now that it has happened, she wasn't sure how she felt about it...not having the desk would cause a hole in her life. She couldn't even be there when the original owner's daughter came to pick up the desk, and physical as well as mental things began happening after the loss of her beloved desk.

After the desk was gone, she got on an airplane to Ben Gurion airport...then the book went to another story. This second story opened with a funeral in progress.

I thought it was going to be a great read since the desk plot sounded intriguing, and the cover caught my interest.

I really was lost reading this book... the beginning was good, but as the book continued, it was very puzzling, and the sections seemed detached from each other. I had no sense of what the author was saying....the narrator talked to a "your honor," and she referred to characters by letters...R and S.

I really didn't enjoy the book because of how each chapter really wasn't connected to the others....not a continuous flow throughout the book.

I do have to say, though, that Krauss is a fantastic author....very deep and descriptive. Krauss’s book was too over the top for me....I don't read fluff, but the book was very profound, complex, and to me disconnected. I enjoy a flowing story that fits together.

I have seen great reviews for the book, but I just couldn't connect or follow the plot.

Best of luck with the book...I am sure it will be a best seller, but I guess I missed the point...I tried but was not able to continue reading it. 2/5.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393340648
Author:
Krauss, Nicole
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
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Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
289
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 289 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393340648 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[An] elegiac novel...achieved through exquisitely chosen sensory details that reverberate with emotional intensity."
"Review" by , "The most heartbreaking part of Great House, the third novel by Nicole Krauss, is having to finish it....As the mysteries of this beautifully written novel come spooling out, you'll marvel at how profoundly one brilliantly crafted metaphor involving a mute wooden artifact can remind us what it means to be alive."
"Review" by , "Krauss' masterful rendition of character is breathtaking, compelling....This tour de force of fiction writing will deeply satisfy fans of the author's first two books and bring her legions more.Surely if there is one book each author is meant to write, then there might also be one book each reader is meant to read. For plenty of fans out there, Great House just might be that book.Krauss' third novel...is perhaps even more indicative [than The History of Love] of her ability to weave intricate storylines, craft emotionally layered characters and expertly draw out the pain, difficulty, and extreme complexity of human relationships."
"Review" by , "Krauss herself is a fiction pioneer, toying with fresh ways of rendering experience and emotion, giving us readers the thrill of seeing the novel stretched into amorphous new shapes."
"Review" by , "Artlessly lovely...the pleasure of reading this book is in its details, its intimation of sincerity, its quiet wisdom."
"Review" by , "Steeped in place and memory, Great House is a worthy successor to Krauss' earlier works, more complex and more challenging."
"Review" by , "Krauss has a unique way of assembling novels — baroque, complex, and with stunning tidiness that isn't clear until the very last page. All the parts do fit together in the end. The shape they form is the ghastly Great House, and its walls are ideas that leave the reader reverberating."
"Review" by , "A novel brimming with insights into the human psyche...often haunting and ultimately rewarding."
"Review" by , "Krauss can do just about anything she wants with the English language."
"Review" by , "This stunning work showcases Krauss's consistent talent....Much like in Krauss's The History of Love, the sharply etched characters seem at first arbitrarily linked across time and space, but Krauss pulls together the disparate elements, settings, characters, and fragile connective tissue to form a formidable and haunting mosaic of loss and profound sorrow."
"Review" by , "Exquisite...Krauss is a poetic stylist whose prose gives tremendous weight to her characters' pain and struggles."
"Review" by , "Krauss' organic scenes soar, she is stunning."
"Review" by , "While her prior, much-vaunted novel, The History of Love, was certainly fresh and winning, Great House strikes me as a richer, more seasoned exploration of the themes and images that bedevil Krauss....Krauss' sentences are so beautiful, rendered in such simple, clear language, I had to stop to reread many."
"Review" by , "[A] brave new novel...[Krauss] has written one of the most lyrical novels I've read in a long time."
"Review" by , "One of America's most important novelists and an international literary sensation."
"Review" by , "Stunning....I was captivated by the first chapter and never disappointed thereafter. The richness of invention, the beauty of the prose, the aptness of her central images, the depth of feeling: who would not be moved?"
"Review" by , "Krauss' masterful rendition of character is breathtaking, compelling....This tour de force of fiction writing will deeply satisfy fans of the author's first two books and bring her legions more."
"Review" by , "Krauss' third novel...is perhaps even more indicative [than The History of Love] of her ability to weave intricate storylines, craft emotionally layered characters and expertly draw out the pain, difficulty, and extreme complexity of human relationships."
"Synopsis" by , Finalist for the 2010 National Book Award in Fiction
Winner of the 2011 ABA Indies Choice Honor Award in Fiction
Winner of the 2011 Anisfield-Wolf Award
Shortlisted for the 2011 Orange Prize in Fiction

A powerful, soaring novel about a stolen desk that contains the secrets, and becomes the obsession, of the lives it passes through.
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