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…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.
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, bu ...more
Mayliss de Kerangal viene definita da alcuni critici la migliore scrittrice francese degli ultimi anni: non sono in grado di confermarlo, ma arrivato alla seconda lettura posso senz’altro considerarmi un suo fan.
Dal film omonimo diretto da Katell Quillévéré nel 2016. Simon fa il surf di primo mattino.
Riparare i viventi è come un piano sequenza che esplora emozioni, descritto con precisione e minuzia chirurgica.
E, la chirurgia è importante in questo romanzo, ne è materia, motore e ...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
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
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
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 and ...more
È solo la mia opinione di mediocre lettrice, ma questo libro è mostruoso e non riesco a trovare altro aggettivo per definirlo. Mostruosa è la scrittura di questa autrice che ha la peculiare e mostruosa abilità di infilare similitudini e metafore in ogni riga del testo. Mostruosa è l’inflazione di aggettivi sempre fantasiosi e ricercati, usati per descrivere ogni minimo particolare. Mostruosa è la sua capacità di scrivere in ...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
Sono due romanzi molto diversi per soggetto e molto simili per struttura e stile. Uniti da un comun denominatore che poi mi pare essere anche la cifra letteraria che contraddistingue l’autrice. Una cosa che mi ha fatto pensare ad un vecchio saggio di Fredric Jameson sul ...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
Il y a un travail de longue haleine pour associer au sujet de la transplantation cardiaque une langue spasmodique et nerveuse. C'est acquis. Maintenant, au lecteur de ramer pour fendre la surface épaisse de ce brouet.
Qu'on se prépare à une prose pénétrée et coriace !
Le texte est tout récit et tout point de vue externe. La prose achalandée en mots anglais absolument gratuits. Dans la bouche des jeunes "dans le vent" en début de volume, ça cadre, mais quand s'y met ...more
The novel takes place within 24 hours one winter day in Northern France. Three guys go surfing, getting up before the sun ...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
Marianne ja Sean ovat Simonin vanhempia, ja heidän pitää päättää juuri sellaisella hetkellä, kun suru ...more
It's a sad story with an element of hope as it explores ...more
L’epica del surf sovrascritta ai limiti del concesso.
Periodi lunghissimi, ampollosi, un po’ autocompiaciuti.
Le frasi belle ci sono ma a volte sono più una distrazione che puro coinvolgimento.
Per il tipo di storia forse avrei preferito una scrittura più secca, un maggiore controllo, meno poesia.
Immersioni chirurgiche alla McEwan.
Da maneggiare con cautela. [67/100]