Where My Heart Used to Beat
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Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of Pages: 336
Width: 12.9 cm
Height: 19.8 cm
A haunting tale of war, love and loss from the author of Birdsong and A Week in December The Sunday Times bestseller On a small island off the south coast of France, Robert Hendricks - an English doctor who has seen the best and the worst the twentieth century had to offer - is forced to confront the events that made up his life. His host is Alexander Pereira, a man who seems to know more about his guest than Hendricks himself does. The search for the past takes us through the war in Italy in 1944, a passionate love that seems to hold out hope, the great days of idealistic work in the 1960s and finally - unforgettably - back into the trenches of the Western Front. This moving novel casts a long, baleful light over the century we have left behind but may never fully understand. Daring, ambitious and in the end profoundly moving, this is Faulks's most remarkable book yet.
A masterpiece...a terrific novel, humming with ideas, knowing asides, shafts of sunlight, shouts of laughter and moments of almost unbearable tragedy -- Toby Clements * Sunday Telegraph * Compelling...profoundly moving -- Leyla Sanai * The Independent on Sunday * A pleasure from start to finish...WHERE MY HEART USED TO BEAT is that rare book, a page-turning read that also has a significant intellectual and emotional charge. -- Alexander Larman * Sunday Express * There is everything here: love, loss, death, war, history, memory, ideas, travel, friendship, rivalry, chance - and sex. It comes in an immaculately crafted package that continues an ingenious dual-timeline with plot twists that serve the reader with the exact impression of what it might be to live the life of the novel's gimlet-eyed and engaging narrator, Dr Robert Hendricks * Sunday Telegraph * Combining as it does the cultural narrative of a complex century forsaken by God and certainty, a serious investigation into the vulnerability of the human mind and an old-fashioned - in the best sense - story of love and war, this is an ambitious, demanding and profoundly melancholy book * Guardian * a powerful and moving novel * Daily Express * This is not a wartime tragic romance, or a simple story of trauma. It is much more affecting than that. -- Rosemary Goring * Herald * An intelligent and moving examination of the traumas of war. Faulks is as accomplished as ever * Scotsman, Books of the Year * It's a melancholy tale of war, love and loss that will leave you gulping back sobs * Observer, Books 2015 in Review * Faulks gets better and better with every book. This is surely one of the year's best novels. -- John Harding * Daily Mail *