The Heart takes place over the ...more
This book was compelling.
Quickest I’ve ever read a book!
I was carried away on the wave of the narrative – which was pre…moreThe Heart by Maylis de Kerangal
This book was compelling.
Quickest I’ve ever read a book!
I was carried away on the wave of the narrative – which was presumably the author’s intention, given the organ donor’s passion.
There was just sufficient backstory of the characters involved - Alice, Simon, Laura etc. – to inform their actions but not so much it interrupted the pace of the heart as it stormed through the ‘tunnel’.
Particularly liked the liking of the heart transplant surgeon to a rock star!
Brilliant metaphor, brilliant dialogue and such clever writing style, the like of which I’ve never seen before. I must give huge credit to the interpreter for not losing the author’s creative word usage.
It felt like a fictional documentary – if ever there could be such a thing. I would also recommend this book to everyone pondering becoming an organ donor.
The descriptions of each character’s emotional states reinforces the heart’s oft-held function – as the carrier of loves, likes, passions and heart-breaks. This is a book I don’t believe I’ll ever forget.
It may lift your spirits to know that there are so many safety precautions in place to make sure an error or some other mishap doesn't take place.
It's also uplifting to know that the sadness at the beginning of the book will result in a joyful situation in the end. (less)
Mend the Living is a gripping novel of stunning beauty, an audacious and highly original composition on the fragility of life.
One man's death is another man's breath. As to the donation and transplantation of vital organs, this proverb, when interpreted literally, is a lapalissade. In Dutch, there exists an expression with a similar significance, connecting death with bread instead of breath: one man’s death is another one’s bread. Perhaps it is less harshly formulated ...more
I want to share my thoughts and impressions with you badly. I really do. The problem is I am at a complete loss for words. I think it would be better if, instead of writing a review, I could show you a ...more
Many reviewers thought the author wrote beautifully. IMO, author took purple prose to the level of aubergine. Majority of book was walls of text. One s ...more
Oh My....what to say. One minute I'm glued to the pages and the next I'm wondering why in the world the author is introducing yet another character....one with a story that went on and on and wasn't (for me) significant to the plot....for what purpose?
Anyway, overall I thought 75% of THE HEART to be extraordinary, informative and one dam fine read....the other 25% a bit tedious.
IT ALL HAPPENS IN 24 HOURS beginning with some early morning surfing fun for three teens that turns deadly br...more
My feelings were all over the place for The Heart (or I guess as it's titled on the francophone side of the pond, Réparer les vivants; something about "Heal the Living" doesn't quite resonate in English). Parts of Maylis de Kerangal's short, hyper-stylistic, fictional take on the world of organ transplantation were just amazing; other parts kerflop like an Emergency Organ Transport van's blown-out Michelin.
When she sticks to the core subject (the aftermath of teen surfer Simon Limbres' a ...more
Bury the dead and repair the living.This line from Chekhov's Platonov both explains the French title of this prizewinning novel, Réparer les vivants, and sketches its narrative arc in a single stroke, simple and daring at the same time. For it is the story of a heart transplant, from the last hours and death of the donor to the restoration of the recipient. All taking place within a single day and night. But a very eventful day, involving many people whom we get to know a ...more
In this astoundingly good novel, Malis De Kerangal introduces us to Simon briefly, when he is thrumming with life, surfing on a cold morning with two good friends. Just pages later, he is close to death, the result of a car accident. The effect is jarring: life contrasted with death, risk ...more
It's really down to a consistent feeling and feedback from readers whom I admire and respect, where their brief tweets of encouragement were all that was necessary to ignite the flame of motivation to make me decide that this would be the first #WIT novel I'd read in August 2018.
How to describe it?
There's a clue in the t ...more
He's brain-dead. His perfect body is there for his mother, his father to see, lying on his hospi ...more
I'd say the writing won't be for everyone. What could be a very simple linear story veers off into many tangents to allow for each character to have their own focus. These are often only 1-2 pages in dense prose, but some of the wo ...more
The novel takes place within 24 hours one winter day in Northern France. Three guys go surfing, getting up before the sun ...more
This is a story (that starts out) about Simon Limbres. But when Simon is involved in an accident at the opening of the novel, left in a coma/a state of brain death, and declared medically “dead”, part of him remains the constant throughout— his heart. This book follows many characters: Simon’s parents are there, his girlfriend, too... but a majority of the pages are devoted to the revolving door of doctors and nurses that are in some way involved with Simon’s case. I found this ...more
It's a sad story with an element of hope as it explores ...more
A great cathartic poetic leap of the imagination. And apparently she has stage presence like a rock star too. FFS! ...more
Sometimes superlative, sometimes infuriating. Like Lee in his review of another recent translated novella, The Story of My Teeth, I want to give this both 1 star and 5 stars. (But definitely not 6 stars.) It does at least succeed in transcending the cheap-magazine, commercial-weepie idea of the story of a heart transplant.
From the get-go, there are ...more
Medical science has advanced to the point that transplants are no longer considered all that unusual, but how often do we really think about all the players involved in a transplant? There are of course the donor and the recipient(s), their families, and the medical staff that manage, or perform the actual operations, and all these humans carny their own individ ...more