Beatrice and Virgil

by Yann Martel

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June 2010 Book of the Month.

 

This is an utterly beguiling magical, fable-like story that uses the relationships between humans and animals to address much bigger themes including those about life and art, truth and deception, responsibility and complicity.  Like his multi-million copy selling and Booker Prize winning Life of Pi, the reader is taken on an odyssey but this time to address the emotional legacy of the holocaust through Henry, an ordinary man with whom the reader will care greatly for and through Beatrice and Virgil, a donkey and a howler monkey.  It’s written on many different levels so it’s a book that is bound to create a big buzz both for and against it. Views are divided here but lovers of Life of Pi will I think find this an absorbing but possibly heart-breaking tale.

Beatrice and Virgil Synopsis

 

Fate takes many forms. When a letter from an elderly taxidermist drops onto Henry's doormat it poses a puzzle that he cannot resist. As he is pulled closer to 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 charm and spirit that brought over seven million readers worldwide to Life of Pi, this novel takes the reader on a tremendous imaginative odyssey. On the way Martel asks profound questions about the nature of human cruelty, kindness and the liberating power of stories.

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ISBN: 9781847677655
Publication date: 03/06/2010
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9781847677655
Publication date: 3rd June 2010
Author: Yann Martel
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Genres: Books of the Month, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups,
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About Yann Martel

Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963 of Canadian parents. After studying philosophy at university, he worked at odd jobs and travelled before turning to writing. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed 2002 Man Booker Prize-winning novel Life of Pi, as well as the novel Self, the stories The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, and the collection of letters to the Prime Minister of Canada What is Stephen Harper Reading?. Yann Martel lives in Saskatchewan, Canada.   Author photo © Alice Kuiper

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