THE ART OF HEARING HEARTBEATS BOOK REVIEW

The initially book in the Art of Hearing Heartbeats series, this is a passionate love story, a haunting fable, and also an enchanting mystery set in Burma. When a effective New York lawyer unexpectedly disshows up without a map, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any concept wright here he can be…until they discover a love letter he created many kind of years ago, to a Burmese woguy they have never heard of. Intent on fixing the mystery and also coming to terms with her father’s previous, Julia decides to travel to the village wright here the woguy lived. Tright here 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.

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Jan-Philipp Sendker,
born in Hamburg in 1960, is the author of the finest offering novel The Art of Hearing Heartbeats and also its sequel, A Well-Tempered Heart. The final book in the Art of Hearing Heartbeats trilogy is forthcoming from Other Press. Sendker was the Amerideserve to correspondent for Stern from 1990 to 1995, and its Oriental correspondent from 1995 to 1999. He stays in Berlin via his family members. Kevin Wiliarty has a BA in German from Harvard and also a PhD from the College of California, Berkeley. A indigenous of the United States, he has also resided in Germany and Japan. He is presently an academic technologist at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connectireduced, where he lives with his wife and also two kids.

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December in Kalegislation is a cold month. The sky is blue and also cloudless. The sunlight wanders from one side of the horizon to the other, however no longer climbs high enough to geneprice any type of actual warmth. The air is clear and also fresh, and just the many sensitive civilization can still detect any map of the heavy, sweet scent of the tropical rainy season, once the clouds hang low over the village and also the valley, and the water drops unchecked from the skies as if to slake a parched world’s thirst. The rainy season is hot and steamy. The sector reeks of rotting meat, while hefty black flies resolve on the entrails and also skulls of lamb and cattle. The earth itself seems to perspire. Worms and insects crawl out of its pores. Innocent rills revolve to rushing torleas that devour careless piglets, lambs, or children, only to disgorge them, lifeless, in the valley below.

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   But December assures the people of Kalegislation a respite from all of this.  December assures cold nights and mercitotally cool days. December, thought Mya Mya, is a hypocrite.   She was sitting on a wood stool in front of her residence looking out over the fields and also the valley to the hilltops in the distance. The air was so clear that she felt she was looking through a spyglass to the ends of the earth. She did not trust the weather. Although she might not remember ever before in her life having seen a cloud in a December sky, she would not dominance out the possibility of a sudden downpour. Or of a typhoon even if not a solitary one in living memory had actually discovered its way from the Bay of Bengal right into the mountains around Kalaw. It was not impossible. As long as there were typhoons anywhere, one can well devastate Mya Mya’s aboriginal soil. Or the earth could quake. Even, or possibly particularly, on a day favor this day, once nopoint foreshadowed catastrophe. Complacency was treacherous, confidence a deluxe that Mya Mya can not afford. That a lot she knew at the bottom of her heart. For her there would certainly be neither peace nor rest. Not in this world. Not in her life.


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From the Publisher

is a love story set in Burma…imbued via Eastern spirituality and fairy-tale romanticism…Fans of Nicholas Sparks and/or Elizabeth Gilbert must eat this up.” —Kirkus Reviews“An epic narrative that requires…a big box of tconcerns.” —Publishers Weekly “Sweetly tragic.” —Library Journal“No matter what I also attempt to say, I can’t maybe capture the absolute magic of this book. Like a spell, it haunts. Like love, it’s going to endure.” —Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestoffering author of Pictures of You “A story at as soon as both emotional and also joyous, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats reaffirms how love deserve to transcreate the harshest of realities into a mystical one. Sendker takes us from modern, upscale New York to impoveriburned Burma, weaving a complicated tale that is component romance, part father-daughter story. Reading this book was choose analysis poetry, with complete attention required for each sentence. A thoapproximately immersive and also enjoyable review.” —Margaret Dillomeans, writer of How to Be an American Housewife  “Set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats is a rare novel. Telling the story of a young blind man’s journey with a human being of auditory intensity, Jan-Philipp Sendker renews one’s faith in the possibility of genuine, pure love. I finimelted the book in tears.” —Shawna Yang Ryan, author of Water Ghosts“This book has actually the appropriate mix of romance, magic, heartache and incentive that will certainly make it a favorite for a lot of civilization.…This brilliant writer, Jan-Philipp Sendker, has gifted us via a story that is so powerful and also relocating. It will touch your heart and also you will certainly desire to share it, it is THAT excellent.” —Romance Book Reviews“So intense and also fragile at the same time that it takes your breath ameans. All human flaws come to be much less important, all physical difficulties are taken in dignity. The magic of the story evolves slowly…It will touch your heart deeply.” –Zuckerbuecherei“A mastertotally told tale of enin the time of love, the twists of fate and also the journey life takes us on to discover what is truly important.” –SCLS Reading Suggestions


Reading Group Guide

1. In your opinion, what does the back-and-forth between Julia’s and U Ba’s narratives include to the informing of the love story in between Tin Win and also Mi Mi? How execute these stories interrelate?

2. Tin Victory is born to parents that abandon him as a boy yet Mi Mi is born into a close-knit household. Mi Mi’s mother, especially, adores her daughter. Do you view this developpsychological distinction reflected in the adult each one becomes, or in the method the two relate to one another?

3. After he loses his sight, Tin Victory spends several years in a monastery under the tutelage of the abbot, U May. In your opinion, what does U May version for Tin Win? How does Tin Victory thrive in these years?

4. Tin Win’s rich uncle, U Saw, finances Tin Win’s eye operation and also succeeding education and learning abroad. But to U Saw’s discrmodify, his motives are self-interested, and for his own convenience, he obstructs all interaction in between Tin Win and Mi Mi. Is U Saw illustrated as a villain—or is he also villainous?

5. A percent of the novel is in the form of letters. Does this readjust the mood or the flow of the novel? The way you check out the characters?

6. Tin Victory and also Mi Mi construct an intense, literally symbiotic relationship: he walks for her; she acts as his eyes. They become inseparable, yet then they are separated for years. Given what you understand about each character, exactly how execute you think they are able to withstand the moment apart?

7. Discuss the function of memory in the novel, both individual and collective.

8. Burma (now known as Myanmar) was populated by the British from the nineteenth century till 1948. How essential is this early american background to the major events of the novel?

9. Prophecy and also superstition play a significant duty in Burmese society. Do you think this idea device inspires a basic feeling of defense or of tension in the primary personalities of the novel, and also why?

10. The novel contrasts Western and Eastern values: individualism and also personal achievement versus kinship and transcendence. Where and just how are these differences carried to light?


Editorial Reviews

This tearful, circuitous Gerguy bestseller traces the lost romance in between a blind young monk and also a poor crippled girl in pre-WWII Burma. Sendker employs a fancy secondhand flashearlier device to send Julia, an Amerideserve to lawyer, to Burma on a hunch that she could discover clues to the whereabouts of her Burmese father, Tin Victory, a influential New York celebrity lawyer that was blind as a child and vanished four years earlier, supposedly of his own volition. Julia, born to Win and also his American wife in 1968, is a New Yorker supplied to city conveniences. She arrives in the village of Kalegislation by virtue of a beautiful 1955 love letter from her father to a woguy named Mi Mi and instantly bristles at the pace and also privation of village life. A stranger called U Ba shortly helps Julia unravel the mystery of her father, from his astrologically inauspicious birth and abandonment by a superstitious mom to his taking place blindness and delivery to Buddhist monks who teach him to usage his other senses keenly. When Tin Victory meets Mi Mi, a type, crippled creature, she acts as his eyes as he carries her upon his ago. Their love continues to be undamaged through 50 years of significant vicissitudes. An epic narrative that requires massive sentimental indulgence and also a huge box of tissues. (Jan.)

Publishers Weekly

is a love story collection in Burma…imbued with Eastern spirituality and fairy-tale romanticism…Fans of Nicholas Sparks and/or Elizabeth Gilbert need to eat this up.” —Kirkus Reviews“An epic narrative that requires…a huge box of tconcerns.” —Publishers Weekly “Sweetly tragic.” —Library Journal“No matter what I also attempt to say, I can’t maybe capture the absolute magic of this book. Like a spell, it haunts. Like love, it’s going to endure.” —Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestoffering writer of Pictures of You “A story at as soon as both poignant and also joyous, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats reaffirms exactly how love can transdevelop the harshest of realities right into a mystical one. Sendker takes us from modern, uprange New York to impoverished Burma, weaving a facility tale that is component romance, component father-daughter story. Reading this book was choose analysis poetry, through complete attention required for each sentence. A thoroughly immersive and enjoyable check out.” —Margaret Dilloway, writer of How to Be an Amerihave the right to Housewife  “Set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats is a rare novel. Telling the story of a young blind man’s journey via a civilization of auditory intensity, Jan-Philipp Sendker renews one’s belief in the opportunity of genuine, pure love. I finimelted the book in tears.” —Shawna Yang Ryan, author of Water Ghosts“This book has the right mix of romance, magic, heartache and inspiration that will certainly make it a favorite for the majority of civilization.…This brilliant writer, Jan-Philipp Sendker, has gifted us through a story that is so effective and also moving. It will touch your heart and you will certainly desire to share it, it is THAT excellent.” —Romance Publication Reviews“So intense and also breakable at the same time that it takes your breath amethod. All human fregulations come to be less vital, all physical challenges are taken in dignity. The magic of the story evolves slowly…It will certainly touch your heart deeply.”—Zuckerbuecherei“A mastercompletely told tale of enduring love, the twists of fate and also the journey life takes us on to discover what is truly vital.”—SCLS Reading Suggestions"I very recommend The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, awarding it 3 grape clusters, the difference of “Fine Literature” on the Literary Leisure rating scale."—St. Helena Star"From beginning to finish this book is captivating. Tugging at the heartstrings, the story reveals humale connectivity and exercises the wide-array of human eactivity."—MegSchuster.com"It’s been a lengthy time because I’ve delighted in a book so much and also I’ll be recommending this one to everyone I know. The pclimbed reads choose poetry, the sentences sing, the tale transports totally. It’s a story within a story – a hero’s pursuit, a love story, a fairytale. If all publications were composed this method – with this much magic in the language and with this much to teach us around the herbal human being, even more civilization would certainly love to check out – I’m certain of it."—Read Lately"A emotional love story that spans a good distance and also time." —Castle Rock Magazine"A truly amazing novel has actually the capcapacity of being translated from its original language and still being entirely and utterly bewitching. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats is one of these novels... Sendker creates a story so effective that readers will think earlier to it time and also again." —Anderson"s Reads“A poignant and also inspirational love story collection in Burma.” –Serendipitous Readings“An epic love story via plenty of magic about it…It will break your heart, or at leastern reararray it.” —Between the Covers"This novel is a beautitotally wstove love story of resilience, passion, and also truth that lingers long right into the silence after the last page." —New Jersey Herald“An amazing journey of the senses.” —Karen’s Two Sentence Book Club Reviews 

From the Publisher

Four years before the start of the novel, Julia Win"s father, Tin Success, vanimelted. After receiving a copy of an old love letter composed by him to a woguy named Mi Mi, Julia travels to a remote village in Burma to discover him. While at a teahome in Burma, Julia meets U Ba, that clintends to know what taken place to her father. But the Tin Success of whom U Ba speaks is nothing prefer the father Julia remembers. She doubts at first that the story is true. But the even more she listens and the more time she spends in Burma, the even more she believes. Julia is relocated by the tragic love story entailing Tin Success, a blind boy in rural Burma, and also Mi Mi, whose misshapen feet made it difficult for her to walk. VERDICT The heart of this sentimental novel is the romance between the adolescents Tin Success and Mi Mi in pre-World War II Burma. Recommfinished for readers who enjoy sweetly tragic romances.—Pamela Mann, St. Mary"s Coll. of Maryland

Library Journal

German journalist Sendker"s initially novel, initially publiburned in German in 2002, is a love story set in Burma and also imbued through Eastern spirituality and fairy-tale romanticism. Tin Win, a successful Wall surface Street lawyer initially from Burma, has been absent because his passport was uncovered close to the Bangkok airport 4 years back. After finding an unmailed love letter he composed to a Burmese woman named Mi Mi, his daughter Julia, additionally a Manhattan lawyer, goes in search of her father who never before told his American Catholic wife or their 2 children anypoint about his life before America. In a teahouse in Kalaw, a small town in Burma--the opening pages are a lovely rendering of her sensory overload--Julia encounters a mysterious older man called U Ba who claims he has actually been waiting for her. He also clintends to know Tin Win and asks her one question, "Do you believe in love?" Although the novel is ostensibly being narrated by Julia, her encounter via U Ba is really a framing device for him to tell Tin Win"s romantic story: After his father dies and also his mother deserts him on his sixth birthday, Tin Win is raised lovingly by his widowed aunt Su Kyi, but by ten years old he has gone blind. Su Kyi takes him to the monastery wright here the saintly abbot teaches him to follow the wisdom of the heart. At 14 he encounters Mi Mi when, through a freshly found magical ability to hear and analyze heartbeats, he hears her heart beating. He drops in love automatically. Mi Mi was born with mangled feet and cannot walk but is lovely and has a magical gift for healing song. Their love has a purity of trust and oneness that cannot be ruined. How Tin Success regains his sight and also ends up in America is much less essential than the love he and Mi Mi maintain in shared silence for 50 years. Fans of Nicholas Sparks and/or Elizabeth Gilbert have to eat this up.