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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats: A Novel Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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After telling her that he was leaving for an appointment in Boston, Julia Win's father boarded a flight to Thailand and disappeared. The Times described him as "an influential Wall Street lawyer" but the police suspect he had a hidden past. Burmese by birth, Tin Win became an American citizen in 1959. Julia, a recent law school graduate, viewed her father as staid, reliable, out-of-date -- not the sort of person whose life is filled with mystery or who takes an unannounced trip to Thailand. Four years after his disappearance, Julia finds a letter he wrote to a woman named Mi Mi. Julia travels to Kalaw, determined to find Mi Mi, the only clue to her father's past. There she meets U Ba, who has been waiting to tell her the story Tin Win told him, a story from which "a life emerged, revealing its power and its magic."
Just as we're settling into Julia's quest, the story shifts to the one told by U Ba. It starts with Mya Mya, a young Burmese woman who regards the birth of Tin Win as a calamity. An astrologer's prediction that he will lose his sight is soon fulfilled. After his parents die, Tin is taken to a monastery. It is there that he first meets Mi Mi -- or, more precisely, that he first hears her heartbeat. Mi Mi was born with "crippled feet"; their disabilities draw Tin and Mi Mi together.
Hearts and heartbeats are frequent images in the novel. Jan-Philipp Sendker also makes good use of the imagery of balance: Mi Mi, for instance, is emotionally well balanced even though she is incapable of balancing on her misshapen feet. Tin balances his blindness with exceptional hearing.Read more ›
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One of the loveliest sweetest romantic novels I have read in a long time. Pure loveliness. Beautifully written.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
I loved the way the story was told. Heartbreaking story, yet a beautiful story. I wanted to re-read from the beginning to get every detail.Published 6 days ago by Eyegirl
When I first started reading the book, I found the vocabulary and sentence construction boring and unimaginative. Thought maybe it was a poor choice of a translator. Read morePublished 8 days ago by D. Ballard
A magnificent heartfelt love story...a young women searching for her father finds his life was one of joy beyond belief taken away then finally taken back. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Mary Hunt
Beautifully written. Read it in one day as it captured my imagination and feelings so I lived it with them.Published 9 days ago