Mend the Living

Mend the Living

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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Publisher: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada : Talonbooks, 2015
ISBN: 9780889229747
0889229740
Characteristics: text file,rda
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A huge hit in France, Kerangal’s newly translated novel deals with the emotional complexities of medical organ donations and how the process affects the parents, the physicians and the recipients. Mend the Living won the Wellcome Book Prize. Recommended for readers of inspirational fiction.

The Wellcome Book Prize which celebrates both fiction and non-fiction concerned with issues of medicine, health and illness, has just announced their 2017 winner. Maylis de Kerangal's The Heart (known as Mend the Living in the U.K) describes a 24 hour period following a fatal car crash and the tr... Read More »

A huge hit in France, Kerangal’s newly translated novel deals with the emotional complexities of medical organ donations and how the process affects the parents, the physicians and the recipients.

A huge hit in France, Kerangal’s newly translated novel deals with the emotional complexities of medical organ donations and how the process affects the parents, the physicians and the recipients.


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bwrogers
Aug 11, 2017

Sorrow and tension are present through this whole book, peppered with hope. A truly staggering piece, with beautiful prose that's stylistically challenging but compelling in its complex portrayal of human lives. The translation work is incredible. Read this novel as quickly as you can; stop and consider how incredible and unlikely life really is.

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maryha51
Nov 23, 2016

Beautifully written, this book tells the story of a heart transplant from the perspectives of family members, doctors, nurses and others intimately involved in the process. Beginning with a horrible car accident and concluding with a new heart for a critically ill woman, the characters are believable and the story is compelling in this age of medical miracles. There isn't a "what comes next" feeling in reading this book, as it is clear from the beginning what will ultimately happen, but observing the characters during the process is beautifully written.

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okbookgirl
Sep 28, 2016

A moving and surprisingly tense story about parents faced with the decision of taking their injured son off life support, while those who know how useful his organs can be to others wait in the wings. I read this "in one gulp" - great writing.

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nancyewinter
Jun 07, 2016

A very relevant topic in a novel from a French author.Her 2nd translation into English.
This June 2016 week, the low rate of organ transplantation is being highlighted in NZ.The need for a donor register is once again being requested.
Here is an excellent piece of fiction,that is "bracingly topical"
I give it 4+ STARS

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