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Where My Heart Used to Beat by [Faulks, Sebastian]
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"A masterpiece…a terrific novel, humming with ideas, knowing asides, shafts of sunlight, shouts of laughter and moments of almost unbearable tragedy" (Toby Clements Sunday Telegraph)

"Compelling...profoundly moving" (Leyla Sanai The Independent on Sunday)

"A pleasure from start to finish…WHERE MY HEART USED TO BEAT is that rare book, a page-turning read that also has a significant intellectual and emotional charge." (Alexander Larman Sunday Express)

"There is everything here: love, loss, death, war, history, memory, ideas, travel, friendship, rivalry, chance – and sex. It comes in an immaculately crafted package that continues an ingenious dual-timeline with plot twists that serve the reader with the exact impression of what it might be to live the life of the novel’s gimlet-eyed and engaging narrator, Dr Robert Hendricks" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Combining as it does the cultural narrative of a complex century forsaken by God and certainty, a serious investigation into the vulnerability of the human mind and an old-fashioned – in the best sense – story of love and war, this is an ambitious, demanding and profoundly melancholy book" (Guardian)

"a powerful and moving novel" (Daily Express)

"This is not a wartime tragic romance, or a simple story of trauma. It is much more affecting than that." (Rosemary Goring Herald)

"An intelligent and moving examination of the traumas of war. Faulks is as accomplished as ever" (Scotsman, Books of the Year)

"It’s a melancholy tale of war, love and loss that will leave you gulping back sobs" (Observer, Books 2015 in Review)

"Faulks gets better and better with every book. This is surely one of the year’s best novels." (John Harding Daily Mail)

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The new bestseller from the author of BIRDSONG and A WEEK IN DECEMBER.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2026 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (30 Jun. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01GP9Y8YS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 293 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,584 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was my first Faulk's book. His oeuvre has shimmered on my reading horizon for years but I've always found a reason to ignore what I thought would be his mawkish nostalgia.
Perhaps it's a symptom of my age now, at 44, that despite my preconceived ideas, I connected emotionally with the protagonist after only a few pages.
Using deceptively prosaic prose, Faulks describes his struggle to make sense of a life, it’s relationships, decisions and transitions.
Personally, this is what I want from a work of fiction. There has to be a reasonably cogent narrative but more importantly I demand the characters interrogate themselves, their decisions and experiences in a realistic and meaningful manner. A manner that highlights the struggle of simply being alive.
If religion is the redemption of solitude, so to, perhaps, is a good book.
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Brilliant read - more complicated and demanding than chic lit but not LITERATURE either. Stay with it if you find the first part a bit off-putting as it gets better and better. Themes of mental health and weighing up life's meaning in retrospect. Thought provoking.
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I loved the character and maybe my natural desire to see him a little happy with life was constantly avoided. The war elements were well described but the lost love was perhaps a challenge. Perhaps my perception was a man like Hendricks would not just give up, but then in some way it added to the sense of loss and missed opportunity. , As with many Sebastian Faulks books you never quite know where they will go to.
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A superb novel. I shall certainly read it again.....and again. The final pages are the most moving I have read for a long time. I cannot reccomend it enough.
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I was really in this story, it gripped me all those broken hearts,missed chances, wasted lives. This may not sound upbeat but this is not a depressing story. It is life with its sadness and sweetness and misery and great moments
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Faulks returns to well trodden themes in this work however not necessarily in a repetitive sense from the other books but more as an extension of the thoughts and subject areas which those commenced. The characters are interesting but maybe not as strong as others, however they never lose your interest. It is a very emotional work and can at times pull the reader into reflection on the themes and ones own experiences.
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I have found Faulks's work interesting and stylish in the past, but this novel is particularly substantial and stimulating at several levels and I can highly recommend it.
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I have to confess that I have always found Sebastian Faulks a bit glib and pretentious, but this book has at its heart relationships between people (lovers, family, friends, neighbours, colleagues and strangers) and self-discovery. It is engaging and thought-provoking. Well worth a read.
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