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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User Review  - Becky221 - LibraryThing

(Read in 2010.) A quite interesting commentary on the holocaust. A story within a story, where violence against a donkey and a monkey represent the atrocities of the holocaust. It seemed autobiographical at times? Read full review

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User Review  - snapsandreads - LibraryThing

A story of a very strange taxidermist’s made up play of Beatrice and Virgil. A donkey (Beatrice) and howler monkey (Virgil) in search of truth and life in the midst of struggling for survival ... Read full review

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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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