Beatrice and Virgil: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Apr 13, 2010 - Fiction - 224 pages
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When Henry receives a letter from an elderly taxidermist, it poses a puzzle that he cannot resist. As he is pulled further into the world of this strange and calculating man, Henry becomes increasingly involved with the lives of a donkey and a howler monkey—named Beatrice and Virgil—and the epic journey they undertake together.

With all the spirit and originality that made Life of Pi so beloved, this brilliant new novel takes the reader on a haunting odyssey. On the way Martel asks profound questions about life and art, truth and deception, responsibility and complicity.

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I have to admit, after reading the blurb I was not expecting too much from this book. In the end, I was blown away. Tranquilized by Martel's descriptive capacity, I discovered the Spanish born author has an ability to render images in my mind, of even the most dull subjects, like no author ever has. The wanna-be-writer in me is intimidated by his talent, but the reader in me is in awe. This tale of a discouraged author who, in a self imposed exile from writing, finds himself drawn to a mysterious man who is, himself, a disheartened author. Much of the book had me thinking wtf...but as the story draws on, the bits and pieces of the absurd are brought together to form a very powerful and meaningful story with an astounding surprise ending 

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I have very mixed feelings towards this book. At moments, I loved it, at others, I despised it and couldn't get through the pages fast enough. In its own right, I suppose this was a success on Martel ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963. After studying philosophy at university, he worked odd jobs and traveled before turning to writing at the age of twenty-six. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed 2002 Man Booker Prize–winning novel Life of Pi, which was translated into thirty-eight languages and spent fifty-seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.  Yann Martel lives in Saskatchewan, Canada.

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