Thursday, March 7, 2013

Book Review - The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

Here's the synopsis from Goodreads: 
A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present.  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 they have never heard of. 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 reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

Here's my synopsis:

Okay, Okay, I'll elaborate:  I really wanted to like this book, I just couldn't get into it.  The plot dragged along, and most of the interesting parts were told as a story within the story, which felt very tedious to me.  I wish the book had just focused on the actual story, instead of making it a mystery for the daughter to uncover.  In some ways, the story within the story reminded me of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, but just not as good. 

Overall, I would say skip it. 

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