The Art of Hearing Heartbeats Paperback – 7 Mar 2013
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'A truly beautiful story that will captivate and thaw the coldest of hearts' --We Love This Book
'A magical tale to capture your imagination' --My Weekly
'Touching and affecting prose' --Sunday Herald
About the Author
Jan-Philipp Sendker, born in Hamburg in 1960, was the American correspondent for Stern from 1990 to 1995, and its Asian correspondent from 1995 to 1999. In 2000 he published Cracks in the Great Wall, a non-fiction book about China. 'The Art of Hearing Heartbeats' is his first novel. He lives in Berlin with his family.
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A short synopsis and no spoilers: Julia Win, a young lawyer from upscale New York, starts looking for her father, Tim Win, of Burmese origin, a prominent lawyer himself, who disappeared without a trace four years before. A working appointment missed, the trail of his last steps going cold and colder. Now frozen. He is never seen again. His wife and children, including Julia, gradually resign themselves to his disappearance, not without some inner battles. The feeling of abandonment mixed with bitterness never leaves Julia. One day, she finds a very old letter written in the 1940s by his father to a certain Mi Mi in Burma. An address in Kalaw is all she needs to follow her instinct and hop on to a plane in search of her father. Will that old letter, folded and refolded several times, be the key to her father's disappearance? Once in Kalaw, she is approached by a gentle but strange man, U Ba, who seems to know her although they have never met before. He also drops hints that he knows of Tim Win's whereabouts. Surprised and confused, Julia starts listening to the unfolding of an incredible story. Is U Ba really talking about HER father, covering the first twenty years of his Burmese life that nobody, not even his American wife, ever learned about? What was going on here?Read more ›
Time in this novel is not linear, with Julia suddenly remembering and retelling one of her father's stories about prince who befriends a crocodile in the name of love, a story which echoes throughout the novel. Another early diversion from the main story occurs with the story of U May, the abbot of the local monastery, whose own love story parallels in many ways the story which eventually grows up around Tin Win, a story with symbolism (or sense of foreboding) on several levels.
As U ba tells Julia about her father's early life, she learns about Mi Mi, the crippled girl who becomes his love, and the novel becomes almost a morality tale, with many statements about the nature of life and love: "We acknowledge as love primarily those things that correspond to our own image thereof. We wish to be loved as we ourselves would love." A poem by Pablo Neruda asks us, "How much does a man live, after all?/ Does he live a thousand days, or only one?/...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant story of love and friendship no matter disabilities. A joy to read and would definitely recommend to anyone who has a good imagination.Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
While the integral story line is interesting (basically a long term love story between a boy and a girl who are parted by circumstance) the sub-plot, involving Julia, the American... Read morePublished 24 days ago by S. Lawes
Julia's father leaves her and her mother. Upon finding a love letter Julia embarks upon a trip to Burma to find out more. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tinalouise1969
Well written, very touching story, feel very connected to characters. Quite emotional at times, could read it all in one go.Published 1 month ago by Mrs.Lynette Phillips