Mend the Living

Mend the Living is the story of a heart transplant, centred around Simon Limbeau, the boy whose heart is given, and his family Taking place within exactly twenty four hours, the novel is a powerful and vast ranging book In her trademark masterful use of language, playing with pacing and tension and a vibrant vocabulary, de Kerangal gives us a metaphysical adventure.
Mend the Living Mend the Living is the story of a heart transplant centred around Simon Limbeau the boy whose heart is given and his family Taking place within exactly twenty four hours the novel is a powerful an

  • Title: Mend the Living
  • Author: Maylis de Kerangal JessicaMoore
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 380
  • Format: Kindle Edition
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    1. Reports from the heartMend 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 literally, is a lapalissade. In Dutch, there exists an expression with a similar significance, connecting death with bread instead of breath: one man’s death is another one’s bread. Perhaps it is less harshly formulated [...]

    2. 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 nel 2016. Simon fa il surf di primo mattino.Riparare i viventi è come un piano sequenza che esplora emozioni, descritto con precisione e minuzia chirurgica.E, la chirurgia è importante in questo romanzo, ne è materia, [...]

    3. 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 this devastating process, from the parent's grief, the doctor who declares him dead, the transplant co-ordination, and everyone else involved in this process which means sorrow for some and new life for others.Trans [...]

    4. '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 where it will be recycled, transformed into a paste, a flesh compost served by unimaginably cruel heirs of Atreus to their rivals, who enter the palace dining room with hearty appetites - served as pancakes or steak [...]

    5. 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 really hard.I want to share my thoughts and impressions with you badly. I really do. The problem is I am at a complete loss for words. I think it would be better if, instead of writing a review, I could show you a [...]

    6. 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 with a story that went on and on and wasn't (for me) significant to the plotr what purpose?Anyway, overall I thought 75% of THE HEART to be extraordinary, informative and one dam fine reade other 25% a bit tedious ALL HAPPENS IN 24 HOURS beginning with some early morning surfing fun for three teens that turns deadly bringing shock, unbearable [...]

    7. 3 starsMy 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 on the world of organ transplantation were just amazing; other parts kerflop like an Emergency Organ Transport van's blown-out Michelin. When she sticks to the core subject (the aftermath of teen surfer Simon Limbres' [...]

    8. 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 transplant. I was expecting weepy maudlin prose. It is not that at all. It is a simple story but the prose is outstanding and the way the author makes you feel like you ARE the characters shows a real talent. I wil [...]

    9. 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 also a varied cast of believable and often compelling characters. Many reviewers thought the author wrote beautifully. IMO, author took purple prose to the level of aubergine. Majority of book was walls of text. One s [...]

    10. 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 plot is the stuff of straight-to-video movies--and yet in Kerangal's hands it transforms itself into a story that is exquisitely particular and full of humanity. I'm in awe of her storytelling skills and I'm grateful [...]

    11. To Repair the LivingBury 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 heart transplant, from the last hours and death of the donor to the restoration of the recipient. All taking place within a single day and night. But a very eventful day, involving many people whom we get to know and [...]

    12. 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 consiglio, anzi. Soprattutto ai più giovani. Ci fanno leggere tante cose brutte, questa non lo è. Ma non è decisamente all'altezza delle mie aspettative. Non dopo aver terminato da pochissimo la lettura di alieni come [...]

    13. 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 Simon briefly, when he is thrumming with life, surfing on a cold morning with two good friends. Just pages later, he is close to death, the result of a car accident. The effect is jarring: life contrasted with death, risk [...]

    14. (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 de Kerangal makes a distinction between the physical reality of organs and what they represent: “Simon’s eyes are not just his nervous retina, his taffeta iris, his pupil of pure black in front of the crystallin [...]

    15. 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 to surf, but who dies in a road accident as he and his friends return from an early morning assignment with the waves. He's brain-dead. His perfect body is there for his mother, his father to see, lying on his hospi [...]

    16. This novel is astonishing, a tour de force. De Kerangal visually, viscerally brings to lifed to deatha 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 continues to pump; his skin is warm; his hair still is salty from his dawn surf. Soon, nurses and doctors will monitor him, specialists will remove his organs; transplant surgeons will transfer his strong, still living heart [...]

    17. 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 problems with. (Note: it's not available yet in English: will be published as The Heart in 2016.)The novel takes place within 24 hours one winter day in Northern France. Three guys go surfing, getting up before the sun [...]

    18. 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 lainelautailua ja kirjan alku kertoo juuri tästä harrastuksesta, ja viimeisestä lainelautailumatkasta ystävien kanssa.Marianne ja Sean ovat Simonin vanhempia, ja heidän pitää päättää juuri sellaisella he [...]

    19. 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 think, amazing. Clearly, I haven't read the original, but this English version is so good it is hard to imagine the book starting life in a different language.It's a sad story with an element of hope as it explores [...]

    20. 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 storia forse avrei preferito una scrittura più secca, un maggiore controllo, meno poesia. Immersioni chirurgiche alla McEwan. Da maneggiare con cautela. [67/100]

    21. "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 end of a match, we have to think of the ones left behind - on the back of his office door, he had taped a photocopied page for Platanov, a play he'd never seen, never read, but this fragment of dialogue between Voi [...]

    22. 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 in every way.'A great cathartic poetic leap of the imagination. And apparently she has stage presence like a rock star too. FFS!

    23. Update mei 2016Op dit moment wordt gewerkt aan een verfilming van het boek zie ik op . Omdat het boek zo beeldend is geschreven hoop ik dat de film trouw zal zijn aan het verhaal van De Kerangal. /rg/an_share/title/tit================================Omdat dit boek niet terugkomt in de eindejaarslijsten kan ik het niet laten om het nog een keer aan te bevelen. De levenden herstellen is voor mij het Beste boek van 2015 (gevolgd door Muidhond en De onderwaterzwemmer).Reserveer het bij de bib of koo [...]

    24. 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 linguaggio, senza mai perdere tensione narrativa e precisione tecnica.Potrei dire tutte queste cose, e sarebbero tutte vere. Ma questo libro mi ha colpito per un altro motivo. E’ una narrazione che sembra descrizione [...]

    25. Het relaas van een donorhart van bij het overlijden van de donor tot het inplanten bij de ontvanger + een inkijkje in de hoofden van alle mensen die erbij betrokken zijn (de familie, het medische team, het liefje,). de Kerengal heeft een specifieke stijl en gebruikt lange zinnen. Het vraagt wat inspanning in het begin, maar het is erg genietbaar. Mooi hoe ze de vertwijfeling van de ouders schetst. En hoe ze haar personages echt en liefdevol neerzet. Fjoew, intens. Topper om een nieuw leesjaar me [...]

    26. 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, quando ci si chiede "ma è morto eppure respira" oppure "è viva ma il cuore è fermo". Il risultato è molto efficace, per nulla morboso né pietistico.

    27. Read in Jessica Moore's translation, published in the UK and Canada as 'Mend the Living'. (The US translation, by Sam Taylor, is called 'The Heart'.)Sometimes superlative, sometimes infuriating. Like Lee in his review of another recent translated novella, The Story of My Teeth, I want to give this both 1 star and 5 stars. (But definitely not 6 stars.) It does at least succeed in transcending the cheap-magazine, commercial-weepie idea of the story of a heart transplant.From the get-go, there are [...]

    28. Simon Limbeau is in search of that perfect wave. He knows it is out there, and perhaps this will be the day that he finds it, the forecast seems to indicate that it will be good. Rising just before 6 am, he ventures into the freezing morning to climb in the van with his friends to hit the beach. It is a journey Simon has undertaken hundreds of times. Waves were found, ridden and conquered and they pile back in the van trying to warm up. Chris turns the key in the van and begins the return journe [...]

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