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The Heart: A Novel by Maylis de Kerangal
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The Heart: A Novel (2013)

by Maylis de Kerangal

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The original French thought process comes thru into the English translation loud and clear. This is about what happens after a young man dies who has high quality organs for donation. It spends quite a bit of time with the emotional impact on his family, the surgeons' thoughts, and a few of the intended recipients. Written in a flowery style but has something new to offer. ( )
  abycats | May 11, 2018 |
Amazing, beautifully written story that reads more like non-fiction. A celebration of the life! ( )
  SignoraEdie | Oct 24, 2017 |
As Bill Gates noted, The Heart is “poetry disguised as a novel.” It is a 242-page love letter to words and language. De Kerangal’s sentences roll in your mouth like chocolates, melt as the eyes caress the sentences. I was enraptured with this book; however, it will not be everyone’s—or most people’s—cup of tea.

The entirety of the “action” in the book occurs in a twenty-four hour span of time as nineteen year-old Simon Limbres rises early to surf and unexpectedly meets his end returning from the waves with his two friends who survive the accident. His parents rage, whimper, and rage again until, quietly, they agree to donate his organs. To donate his heart. The book concludes as the heart is restarted in the chest of Claire, a translator with three children. This barebones action serves as the scaffolding around which de Kerangal wraps her words, conjuring the depths of grief juxtaposed with the clinical efficiency of a hospital preparing for an organ transplant. The book is driven primarily by language and character rather than plot/action.

Full review: http://lisaannreads.wpengine.com/review-the-heart/ ( )
  ImLisaAnn | Aug 17, 2017 |
Stunning, beautiful and moving. Starts with a death and ends with several people having a new chance at life through organ donation. Follows the process of death, donation, harvesting and transplant through multiple perspectives: grieving parents, hospital nurses, surgeons and staff, and those waiting for the phone to ring with news that they've been donor-matched. Remarkable detail and highly recommended. ( )
  angiestahl | Jun 9, 2017 |
Quality of Writing: 7.19
Glad you read it?: 5.94
  bookclub4evr | Aug 18, 2016 |
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"Just before dawn on a Sunday morning, three teenage boys go surfing. Returning home, exhausted, the driver lets the car drift off the road into a tree. Two of the boys are wearing seat belts; one is sent through the windshield. He is declared brain-dead shortly after arriving at the hospital. His heart is still beating. The Heart takes place over the twenty-four hours surrounding a fatal accident and a resulting heart transplant as life is taken from a young man and given to a woman close to death. In gorgeous, ruminative prose it examines the deepest feelings of everyone involved--grieving parents, hardworking doctors and nurses--as they navigate decisions of life and death. As stylistically audacious as it is emotionally explosive, Maylis de Kerangal's The Heart has mesmerized readers in France, where it has been hailed as the breakthrough work of a new literary star"-- "An audacious novel about the 24 hours surrounding a heart transplant"--… (more)

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