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Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel
Beatrice and Virgil

joyce kelly, March 8, 2011

I had enjoyed Martel's, "Life of Pi", for its creative, unique fantasy-survival story, so I thought I would enjoy this book even though I already knew the animals would be connected to the Holocaust in some manner. However, I truly regret reading this book. In reading the first 80 pages or more, I wondered where will the action, or purpose, or interesting part begin and so I read on. Throughout much of this book, my thought was that the characters were void of the Christ--without any spiritual insight and without hope, except perhaps for the character of the author's wife. Gustav's games at the end also portrays this lack of hope and insight in that God is not mentioned or sought until after earthly life is over. The questions of the game pertain to death and terror-dark thoughts. The story lends no apology or sympathy to Holocaust survivors, and almost appears to be suggesting that Nazi's could not help themselves with any self-control when it came to torturing or killing others. Now I will have to do my best to clear my mind of the dark actions and the hopeless thoughts in this story, which I can only conclude are Martel's dark thoughts and curiosities. I doubt if I will ever read another one of Martel's books.
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