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  1. A special / unusual meeting
    1. A meeting based on a disagreement
    2. A rapprochement between two opposite children
    3. A special narration (a special meeting between the reader and the narrator)
  2. A change of vantage
    1. An oxymoronic description
    2. A focalisation : from the general to the particular
  3. Love : a transcendent emotion / an emotion based upon flashes and uncertainty

The History of love is a novel written by Nicole Krauss and was published in 2006. First of all, this excerpt is astonishing as far as the figure of the narrator is concerned. As we do not know the novel and its plot, we will consider that the narrator is a masculine child feeling his first love sensations for a girl. This idea may be discarded owing to the fact that the author is a woman. However, it is not so incongruous that the author and narrator may be different, it often happens in literature. This extract is thus a first-person narrative written in the past tense, like in many narrative texts, especially when the narrator exposes his memories as it is the case here. Indeed, the reader finds the narrator in his school when he was a child and can see him meeting a girl at school. The interesting aspect of this novel lies in the fact that it begins like an ordinary dialogue between two children and slowly slips towards a fantastic meeting auguring a long series. This way, it allows us to discuss as to how this text represents a special kind of piece of life. That is why this special encounter in itself will be first studied. Then, as far as this meeting is described at the first persona, we can look into the changes in his viewpoint. To finish, it seems interesting to study love as a transcendent emotion.

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