Study Guide

The History of Love Heart, Compass, Book, Ark

By Nicole Krauss

Heart, Compass, Book, Ark

Finally, we should mention that Krauss has actually chosen symbols for each character. The chapter titles are accompanied by a symbol corresponding to the main character in that section. Leo has a heart (like, a real heart, not a Valentine heart), Alma has a compass, Litvinoff has a book (guess which one), and Bird has an ark. You can read about what these might mean over in our "Themes" section.