The Art of Hearing Heartbeats – Jan-Philipp Sendker

Published January 22, 2013 by bibliobeth


Whats it all about?:

A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present.  When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

What did I think?:

I came across this book while on holiday in Germany, and thought it the perfect gift to take home to my “fellow book fiend” sister. (  And yes, we do have plenty of books already but I made the excuse to myself that it was written by a German author (translated by Kevin Wiliarty), therefore it was a perfect present from the country! But I’m starting to ramble. Okay,so after her glowing little face after reading it I was really looking forward to starting.

From the first couple of pages, my expectations fell. I thought maybe something may have been lost in translation but it felt quite stilted. This soon changed, or I got used to the style and I couldn’t put it down. I did prefer the story set in the past compared to the present day and didn’t really care for the character of Julia much but it’s hard to say why. This is essentially a love story and has the potential to have a bit of the “ick factor” however I found it beautiful and moving. You have to suspend your disbelief slightly – this couple are SO in love – but if you like a bit of magic and believe in a bit of romance this is the book for you.

Would I recommend it?:

But of course!

Star rating (out of 5):



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