Where My Heart Used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks

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"You don't live the life I have without making some enemies."

Having accepted a strange but intriguing invitation to a French island, psychiatrist Robert Hendricks meets the man who has commissioned him to write a biography. But his subject seems more interested in finding out about Robert's past than he does in revealing his own. For years, Robert has refused to discuss his past. After the war ended, he refused to go to reunions, believing in some way that denying the killing and the deaths of his friends and fellow soldiers would mean he wouldn't be defined by the experience. Suddenly, he can't keep the memories from overtaking him. But can he trust his memories and can we believe what other people tell us about theirs?

Moving between the present and past, between France and Italy, New York and London, this is a powerful story about love and war, memory and desire, the relationship between the body and the mind.

Compelling and full of suspense, Where My Heart Used to Beat is a tender, brutal and thoughtful portrait of a man and a century, which asks whether, given the carnage we've witnessed and inflicted over the past one hundred years, people can ever be the same.

Title : Where My Heart Used to Beat
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ISBN : 0385678991
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Angela M rated it ★★★☆☆

February 06, 2016

3.5 stars I'm always pulled in immediately , with the introspective and intimate first person narrative. I very much like this kind of character study and a plus for me with this book is how much I enjoyed the writing. Robert Hendrick is a British psychiatrist, a veteran wounded in WW II who carr...

Dem rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 21, 2015

2.5 Stars I had such high hopes for this novel by Sebastian Faulks having loved a previous novel called : Birdsong but while I didn't dislike Where My Heart Used To Beat it certainly didn't set my heart beating any faster either. Set in 1980, London Psychiatrist Robert Hendricks receives a myst...

Rebecca rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 09, 2015

In Faulks’s thirteenth novel, his trademark themes of war, love and memory coalesce through the story of a middle-aged psychiatrist discovering the truth about his father’s death. It is the late 1970s when Robert Hendricks receives a letter from Alexander Pereira, an elderly doctor who served alo...

Jill rated it ★★★☆☆

December 28, 2015

Dr. Robert Hendricks, the narrator of Sebastian Faulks’ latest novel, is an inscrutable character -- an English psychiatrist, a published author, a fighter in the World War II trenches of Anzio, and a self-described “imposter in his own life.” An unexpected letter from Alexander Perira, a 91-year-...

Maria Roxana rated it ★★★★★

September 10, 2017

”Ce este viața? Cât valorează ea? Când un om moare, te înțelepțești cât ai clipi. Îți ascunzi penibila neputință, te prefaci că știi ce e de făcut. Îi dai ce i se cuvine, apoi îți vezi de treaba ta. Dar pentru oamenii tăi rămași în picioare și pentru tine însuți ai un alt fel de grijă, ca și cum...

Latkins rated it ★★★☆☆

August 13, 2015

I really like Sebastian Faulks, and I really wanted to like this book, and I did, up to a point. There was nothing wrong with it - it follows the life of Robert Hendricks, who narrates it, from the perspective of a present day strand set in 1980, when he's in his 60s, back to his childhood and yo...

Claudiu rated it ★★★★☆

September 10, 2017

"Acolo unde imi bate inima" este, de fapt, un roman despre secolul al XX-lea, secol pe care o sa il caracterizez folosindu-ma de vorbele lui Marin Preda din "Morometii" - "Timpul nu mai avea rabdare" Mi-a placut romanul si m-a facut sa ma gandesc/meditez putin la lumea din secolul trecut, lume pe...

Elizabeth (Alaska) rated it ★★★★★

June 10, 2016

I've had a difficult time figuring out what to say about this without spoilers. It is the life of Robert Hendricks, told mostly as memory. We know early enough for it not to be a real spoiler, that Robert's father was killed in WWI, when Robert was just 2 years old. We also know that Robert himse...

Irina rated it ★★★★☆

October 01, 2017

"Valiza ei era deschisă pe un scaun. Vedeam puloverele, desuurile, o carte, viața pe care ar fi trebuit să o împart cu ea." "Am strâns-o la piept și absolut toate orele tuturor anilor irosiți au dispărut în neant când timpul s-a închis peste noi."

Tony rated it ★★★★★

October 13, 2015

In Birdsong, Charlotte Gray, On Green Dolphin Street, Devil May Care and A Week in December Sebastian Faulks has established himself as a formidable story teller. If anything he raises the bar with "Where My Heart Used to Beat". Its complex, highly personal, and courageously explores the world of...

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