The Heart

The Heart

Just before dawn on a Sunday morning, three teenage boys go surfing. While driving home exhausted, the boys are involved in a fatal car accident on a deserted road. Two of the boys are wearing seat belts; one goes through the windshield. The doctors declare him brain-dead shortly after arriving at the hospital, but his heart is still beating. The Heart takes place over the Just before dawn on a Sunday morning, three teenage boys go surfing. While driving home exhausted, the boys are involv...

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Title:The Heart
Author:Maylis de Kerangal
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:Réparer les vivants
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:242 pages pages

The Heart Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    May 13, 2018
    This novel is the story of a heart transplant, but really it is more about the people surrounding the situation and their individual stories. As seen on The Readers Podcast summer reading longlist, which I'm very grateful for because somehow this one had slipped by me. I'd say the w...
  • Snotchocheez
    Oct 04, 2016
    3 stars 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 ...
  • Jill
    Apr 03, 2016
    One heart, one magnificent heart. The heart in question belongs to Simon Limbres, a 19-year-old boy, not a perfect boy, a passionate surfer who has barely has had the chance to inhabit the person he will become. In this astoundingly good novel, Malis De Kerangal introduces us to Sim...
  • Paul Fulcher
    Mar 10, 2016
    "For Thomas Remige, a clear refusal was worth more than a consent torn from someone in confusion, delivered with forceps, and regretted fifteen days later when people are ravaged by remorse, losing sleep and sinking in sorrow, we have to think of the living, he often says, chewing the ...
  • Diane S ☔
    Feb 21, 2016
    A horrible tragedy, a young man lies in a hospital declared brain dead. This is a book that takes place in twenty four hours, from his declaration of death, his parents being told and the process started for the transplanting of his organs. Stories are told about everyone involved in t...
  • Jola
    Jul 24, 2017
    Is it possible to fall in love with a book? Probably yes, as it has just happened to me. The symptoms are typical: I keep thinking about it almost all the time. I can't sleep. I can't eat. I can't concentrate. Fortunately, I'm having summer holidays at the moment, otherwise it would be...
  • Liesl
    Feb 08, 2016
    This novel is astonishing, a tour de force. De Kerangal visually, viscerally brings to life...and to death...a teenage boy, Simon Limbres, who is sent into an irreversible coma by a car accident, after an early morning surfing expedition. The boy's brain has shut down, but his heart co...
  • Amanda
    Dec 09, 2016
    3.5 rounded up because the writing is just fantastic. Despite quite a bit of buzz earlier this year and some positive reviews from trusted GR friends, I was skeptical of this book and almost took a pass. It seemed like a simple Lifetime movie story. Tragic accident, brain death, heart ...
  • Rebecca Foster
    Nov 30, 2016
    (3.5) Nineteen-year-old Simon Limbeau is declared brain dead in a French hospital after a car accident, but his heart lives on: metaphorically through the love of his parents, sister, friends, and girlfriend; but also literally, in the recipient of his organ donation. Again and again d...
  • Jen Campbell
    Jun 13, 2017
    'Maybe there is a scrapyard for organs somewhere, she thinks, removing her jewellery and her watch, some sort of garbage heap where hers will be dumped along with others, evacuated from the hospital through a back door in large trash bags; she imagines a container for organic matter wh...
  • debra
    Dec 26, 2016
    I really enjoyed the basic story concerning all that is involved with organ donation: the loss of loved deceased,telling family and getting permission, harvesting, transport,all the emotional upheaval of all these people and the myriad other issues involved in the process.There was als...
  • Carol
    Aug 29, 2017
    3.5 Stars.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 though...
  • Kyle
    Apr 09, 2018
    Actual rating: 3.5 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 b...
  • Elalma
    Aug 17, 2015
    Un modo di narrare coinvolgente, minuzioso, preciso non ha allentato il nodo alla gola con cui ho letto questo libro, rapidamente, forse per non soffermarsi sul dolore o per sfuggire all'inevitabile immedesimazione. La morte fa troppo paura, quando la si analizza in tutti i dettagli, q...
  • Orsodimondo
    May 07, 2015
    TERRA INCOGNITA 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...
  • Mary Soderstrom
    Jun 26, 2015
    This is a book that is impossible to find in Montreal libraries--it's a run away success here, and every copy is checked out. Because a book group of friends I belong to wanted to read it though, I bought a e-version and enjoyed reading it on the Kobo that until then I'd had great prob...
  • Paolo Gianoglio
    Sep 12, 2015
    Potrei dire tante cose di questo libro, potrei parlare della liricità che raggiunge in certi momenti, potrei obiettare sulla scelta di alcune storie collaterali e di alcuni personaggi, potrei sottolineare la maestria con cui la Kerengal e la sua traduttrice articolano i piani del ling...
  • Laline Paull
    Apr 27, 2017
    I've been forcing this book on people since I read it - I can't even remember how I first heard about it but the other day I was delighted to be asked to blurb the new paperback edition, and I say words to the effect (if not these actual ones) 'I wish I'd written this book. Brilliant i...
  • Margaret
    Aug 20, 2017
    I was transfixed by this book. At first, I didn't want to read it. A three hundred word opening sentence? Really? But I was immediately seduced, and continued to be seduced by the atmosphere - the atmospheres - that de Karangal creates as she introduces us to Simon, the boy who loves t...
  • Ilenia Zodiaco
    Feb 28, 2016
    Premessa: questo romanzo è finalista al Man Booker International Prize, avevo sentito numerosi pareri di lettura positivi (una recensione sul Guardian, in particolare) e mi sembrava che tutti ci avessero versato sopra copiose lacrime d'amore. Non è che sia un cattivo libro. Lo consig...
  • SCARABOOKS
    Apr 26, 2018
    Li ho letti di seguito i due libri della De Kerangal, invertendo l?ordine con cui li ha scritti: prima Nascita di un ponte e poi Riparare i viventi. E di tutti e due raccolgo qui le note e le impressioni che ho annotato leggendo. Sono due romanzi molto diversi per soggetto e molto...
  • Ilse
    May 01, 2015
    Reports from the heart 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 l...
  • Marika Oksa
    Jan 13, 2018
    Pitäisi olla jo nukkumassa, mutta oli pakko lukea tämä loppuun. ...
  • Neil
    Mar 15, 2016
    Utterly compelling. I could not put it down. Who knew that a book about a heart transplant operation could be so completely gripping and all-consuming? The writing is a key factor here: the language and style bring an immediacy and an urgency to everything. The translation must be, I t...
  • Iwan
    Jul 03, 2015
    Update mei 2016 Op dit moment wordt gewerkt aan een verfilming van het boek zie ik op IMDB. Omdat het boek zo beeldend is geschreven hoop ik dat de film trouw zal zijn aan het verhaal van De Kerangal. http://imdb.com/rg/an_share/title/tit... ================================ ...
  • Marcello S
    Feb 06, 2017
    L?inizio sembra Giorni selvaggi rivisto da Emma Cline.  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 stor...
  • Roger Brunyate
    May 24, 2016
    To Repair the Living 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...
  • Mai Laakso
    Aug 15, 2017
    Luin ranskalaisen Maylis de Kerangalin moneen kertaan palkitun Haudataan kuolleet, paikkaillaan elävät teoksen, ja vielä nytkin kirjan lauseiden aaltomainen kuohunta ottaa valtaansa ja vie mennessään, tuo tullessaan raadeltuna. Kirjan päähenkilö, nuori Simon Limbres, harrastaa ...
  • Raquel
    Jun 07, 2018
    «¡Simon deja de dar portazos!, si se presentase en ese instante, con la tabla de surf bajo el brazo rechinando en su funda, el pelo húmedo, las manos y la cara azuladas de frío, extenuado por el mar, Marianne sería la primera en creérselo, se levantaría, se le acercaría para of...
  • Lark Benobi
    Mar 30, 2016
    This novel is a great example of how simplicity can be transformed via some kind of alchemy known as "great writing" into high art. I'm reminded of Picasso's "Bouquet of Peace." The story of The Heart is so basic that I almost gave the novel a pass after reading the book jacket--the pl...