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April bookclub: The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

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by Martina Leonard

9781611733990_p0_v1_s260x420Our April book discussion gathering was in Yolonda’s beautiful recently renovated family home, where we were treated to scrumptious cookies and refreshing tea. We discussed the delightful easy reading book The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, by Jan-Philipp Sendker.

This poignant and inspirational love story is set in Burma and spans the decades between the 1950’s and the present. When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be – until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will change her life.

Everyone enjoyed the read and most had an opinion of events shared through the storyline. The possibility of one true love was debated(!) and the twist of Julia discovering her roots and extended family. The pace was slow, intermingled with characters that in the finale come together. A touching and heart-warming story that was both moving and enlightening. As always we learned more about different cultures, the impact of obedience and family values in other countries.

One of the nicest parts of our club is hearing different interpretations, and being made aware of points missed in the story line, giving an explanation to what may have seemed like a thread missed by the author. Looking forward to our next discussion night when we will travel to a different country and culture!


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Good morning all! Friday has arrived and I imagine some of you are just as happy as me because of that 😆 A nice group braved the damp and blustery weather to meet and discuss The Lost Girls of Paris on our last #bookclub session 📖. We gathered around the cosy fireplace at one of our member's place and, while we all liked the book's storyline, we found the characters a bit unrealistic and the writing so-so. . A group member brought 3 really interesting book choices and (after explaining to us what a "crawdad" is ;-) we decided on: ✳️Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens (368 pages). . Many people have claimed this book is a "must read" so we hope you will get the book, read it and join us for a nice evening to discuss the book ☕. . We will meet on Tuesday, February 18th - 7:30 so make a note of it and plan to join us (location to be confirmed via email). All the best, Anne #expat #expatlife #dutchculture #holland #netherlands #visitnetherlands #visitholland #thenetherlands . . . . . . . . . . . #multicultural #tilburginternationalclub #tilburginternational #tilburg #tilburgdrinkt #tilburgismooi #visittilburg #ditistilburg #brabant #noordbrabant #visitbrabant #tilburgcom #inbrabant
Happy? That's not enough to describe how we feel! 🤗 We have always known that this is one of the events people like the most but after 3 days we sent the first invitation our tickets are fully booked now!💪 We will of course let you know if we have any cancellations before the RSVP date but for now, no more tickets available from #tilburginternationalclub ! Should we get more next time maybe? Who knows, who knows!!
Dear TIC movie lovers, The movie programs for the coming weekend are out and we have picked a great movie for us to see, this time at the Pathé cinema @pathe on the Pieter Vreedeplein - #1917 🎥 The film begins at 19:45, so please meet in the lobby of Pathé at 19:20 so we can go up to the theater and get settled in plenty of time. . Tickets are 9.95 pp, so please transfer money for your ticket(s) to the TIC account, or bring cash on Friday evening. . RSVP is via e-mail 📨 by 12 noon on Friday so we will know how many tickets to pre-purchase. . See you there! #expatinholland #expatlife #pathetilburg
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