'Set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats is a rare novel. Telling the story of a young blind man’s journey through a world of auditory intensity, Jan-Philipp Sendker renews one’s faith in the possibility of real, pure love. I finished the book in tears'- SHAWNA YANG RYAN, author of Water Ghosts
'Magical'- Huffington Post
'Imbued with Eastern spirituality and fairy-tale romanticism'- Kirkus Reviews
'An epic narrative that requires a large box of tissues'- Publishers Weekly
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. 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 change her life for ever. A poignant and heart-warming love story, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats will reaffirm your belief in the resilience of the human heart.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Similar to Yann Martel’s bestseller Life of Pi, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats is a story within a story that balances fairy-tale magic with philosophical exploration. Lifelong New Yorker Julia Win is a young lawyer who travels to a tranquil village in Burma in the hopes of tracking down her father, who vanished abruptly from her life four years earlier. As a kindly local named U Ba fills in the blanks of her self-contained father’s astonishing life story—and his relationship with a graceful local woman crippled at birth—Julia must reassess her firmly held ideas about love, duty and a life well lived.
This tearful, circuitous German bestseller traces the lost romance between a blind young monk and a poor crippled girl in pre-WWII Burma. Sendker employs an elaborate secondhand flashback device to send Julia, an American lawyer, to Burma on a hunch that she might find clues to the whereabouts of her Burmese father, Tin Win, a prominent New York celebrity lawyer who was blind as a child and vanished four years ago, apparently of his own volition. Julia, born to Win and his American wife in 1968, is a New Yorker used to metropolitan conveniences. She arrives in the village of Kalaw by virtue of a beautiful 1955 love letter from her father to a woman named Mi Mi and immediately bristles at the pace and privation of village life. A stranger named U Ba soon helps Julia unravel the mystery of her father, from his astrologically inauspicious birth and abandonment by a superstitious mother to his ensuing blindness and delivery to Buddhist monks who teach him to use his other senses keenly. When Tin Win meets Mi Mi, a kind, crippled creature, she acts as his eyes as he carries her upon his back. Their love remains unbroken through 50 years of incredible vicissitudes. An epic narrative that requires enormous sentimental indulgence and a large box of tissues.
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An amazing love story!
This beautifully written story of the strength of love had me reading through teary eyes.
Amazing is an understatement! Had me in tears. Highly recommended! This is my favourite book ever! Truly magical and captivating. If i had to chose one book to read for the rest of my life it would be this book.
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
This is one of the most beautifully written books i have ever read. It has moved me and changed my perspective on how i view the world and disability. It has taken away my fear. I will be reading it to my children. Highly recommended. If you read one book this year - make it this one!