The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

A Novel

Book - 2012
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When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter has any idea where he might be--until they find a love letter he wrote many years before, to a Burmese woman who is unknown to them.
Publisher: New York :, Other Press,, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2006, 2002
ISBN: 9781590514634
Characteristics: 325 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Wiliarty, Kevin - Translator


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Mar 30, 2017

Hmm, I wanted to like this book about enduring love, but found it difficult to respect the subject character who deserts his family in New York without a word and returns to his native Burma to his teen-age lover. The story elements, while providing a thoughtful theme, defied credibility and seemed to belong in the magic-realism genre. Further, the author’s device of presenting the entire back story in enormous expository chunks through a third party who “just happens” to come into the picture created a very confusing point of view. He supplied impossible, minute details that would have been far better served by an omniscient point of view.

Dec 17, 2016

When Julia travels to Burma to discover what happened to her father, a wealthy lawyer who left his family in New York City without even a goodbye, she discovers a love story that resonates with the reader. Beautifully crafted writing tells the heartbreaking story of her young blind father and the handicapped girl he fell in love with. Forced to leave Burma before World War II, he had to turn his back on his past. Have Kleenex ready for the ending. One can feel the difference between the Buddhist acceptance of life, and the Christian approach to conquering life as the story unfolds.

Dec 04, 2016

Agree a bit difficult to follow at times. But good story.

bookloverjane Dec 01, 2016

Set in Burma; I loved the author's poetic writing style and the two main characters.

Nov 14, 2016

A beautiful, poignant love story that moves the spirit.

Nov 02, 2016

Deep and heart wrenching love story that spans the continent and 50 years. Beautiful rich characters who show time and distance will not get in the way of their love.

Oct 21, 2016

I loved this book from beginning to end. Filled with surprises and great courage.

Apr 26, 2015

Enchanting, wonderful book. Beautiful story of lives and love. Definitely well worth reading. The ending is heart stopping.

lbarkema Dec 20, 2014

This was difficult to rate. At times, I absolutely loved the language and the story of Mi Mi and Tin Win, but at other times I thought the story was a bit over the top and language was too much. Very conflicting feelings. I've read some reviews that talk of this book being fairy tale-like, and I wholeheartedly agree. If you can buy into a fairy tale type of a story, then I believe you will enjoy this. If you are unwilling to suspend disbelief, then this may not be the story for you. I was both willing and unwilling, it seems. I'm going with the more positive attributes here though so overall, I thought it was a beautiful love story, and it makes one hope that the type of love described here is very possible.

Sep 19, 2014

A well written, beautiful love story.

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