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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats: A Novel Paperback – January 31, 2012
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- Item Weight : 13.3 ounces
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781590514634
- ISBN-13 : 978-1590514634
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
- Publisher : Other Press (January 31, 2012)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 1590514637
- Best Sellers Rank: #38,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I didn't completely dislike it but I wouldn't recommend it either.
When Julia Win's successful and wealthy father mysteriously disappears from their New York apartment soon after her law school graduation, she decides to track him down half a world away. Her only clue is a letter he has written to a mysterious lover in Burma. Is he leading a double life? Julia will find out, and in the process, she finds out more than she could ever imagine about herself and the transcendent power of love.
This short book by Jan-Philipp Sendker is a profound story about the true meaning of love, a wake-up for us all in this rather jaded world in which we live. Escape in it and simply enjoy!
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She meets a man who calls her by her name in a tea shop and he tells her a story...... she becomes drawn into the story and spends some time with this man who says he would have known her anywhere but she has never met.
It has some beautifully descriptive passages and the characters you rally feel you get to know. It is quite poetic writing at times and a very different love story come mystery come voyage of self discovery for Julia.
I shed some tears and could not put the book down. The end came a little too soon for me (being new to reading on a Kindle App on my Ipad, I did not realise the end was already approaching!!). I was however, consoled by the fact that there is a sequel to this book and I can't wait to get hold of it.
I find it extraordinary that this book is written by someone who is not from the same culture as the main characters of the book. The author has definitely done an excellent job in using merely words to introduce his readers to a less travelled part of the world until recent times. This is certainly one of the best books I have read in a long, long time.