The French author, Maylis De Kerangal, wrote this novel about three 20 year old French men who go surfing in the middle of the night. On the way back they have a terrible accident and one man dies.
The book starts with the sentence: "The thing about Simon Limbres's heart, this human heart, is that from the moment of his birth, when its rhythm accelerated, as did the other hearts around it, in celebration of the event......................" . The sentence continues for more than a page. Many of sentences are long and often are as poetic as this first one. You find yourself seeing this human and his connection to his heart differently. The story really is about his heart, his death, and the care and grief that follow. It has a poetic feel to it because of the writers approach.
I liked Bill Gates review of this book. He called it "A poetic novel about grief". He felt that quality of the language used added the poetic flavor
Kirkus review said "Doctors and other medical experts hasten to prepare a young man’s organs for transplant and reckon with the need to be both compassionate and precise in a hurry." The book looks at matter of the heart from many sides and you feel and learn from the grief.