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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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 ›
Other Press|January 31, 2012|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-1-59051-463-4
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.
I was so enamoured with this story that I just couldn't put it down. This is one of the best novels I've read in awhile. I was mesmermized and my eyes were glued to every single word on the page. The descriptive narrative was so well done that I could see, hear and smell the sights and sounds as I traveled around with Tin Win and Mi Mi. I totally fell in love with this couple and will remember them for a long time to come. Don't miss out on this one, it was really very, very well done.
Jan-Philipp Sendker is a master at the art of storytelling and capturing the imagination of his readers. Every moment I was engaged in the telling of the story. At no time did my mind wander or think of anything other than the words I read before me.
Wow! Simply and accurately describes my thoughts reading the last few words of the book.
What got me through the tough time of finishing this book was knowing there is a continuing title - YES!!!
Thank you Mr. Sendker for writing this beautiful work of storytelling.
Story and perhaps the reason for his disappearance from the family.
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Loved this book. It wasn't at all what I expected but I really loved it.Published 8 months ago by l.bar.4
This book changed the way I look at love. It brought peace and understanding. This book made me laugh and cry, meditate and contemplate. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Pauline A. Lankin
Recommend and also his next book where the story continues. Did not want it to end. Love is real if recognized.Published 17 months ago by Vincent
A well written intriguing story. Not a deep story. There was good description of Burma and it was an easy read.Published 18 months ago by Eunice Donaldsdon
This book kept your interest going throughout the story. I definitely recommend reading it.Published 20 months ago by LR