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Beatrice and Virgil: A Novel

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Make no mistake, this is a novel about the Holocaust. But it's unlike any other, tackling the tenderness and the horror of human nature by focusing on animals. Henry is changed by the story of Beatrice the donkey and Virgil the howler monkey, and you will be, too.
Recommended by Kelly L., Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Fate takes many forms...

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.

Review:

"[A] fable-type story with iceberg-deep dimensions reaching far below the surface of its general premise....Ultimately, Henry finds redemption in terms of his fiction writing but not before facing a leviathan-size example of the human capacity for inflicting cruelty, assuaging guilt, and engaging in creative deception." Booklist (starred review)

Review:

"This novel just might be a masterpiece about the Holocaust....[S]omehow Martel brilliantly guides the reader from the too-sunny beginning into the terrifying darkness of the old man's shop and Europe's past. Everything comes into focus by the end, leaving the reader startled, astonished and moved." USA Today

Review:

"Be assured that with this short, crisply written, many-layered book, Martel has once again demonstrated that nothing tells the truth like fiction." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Synopsis:

From the award-winning, bestselling author of Life of Pi comes a mesmerizing and brilliant exploration of the limitations of language in understanding and describing the horrors of the Holocaust.

Synopsis:

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

Synopsis:

In an exploration of the limitations of language in understanding and describing the Holocaust, the award-winning, best-selling author of The Life of Pi presents a tale about a novelist and a taxidermist who collaborate on a play about a donkey and a howler monkey who have survived a genocide.

About the Author

The award-winning author of four previous books, the most recent of which is What Is Stephen Harper Reading?, Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963. He studied philosophy at Trent University, worked at odd jobs — tree planter, dishwasher, security guard — and travelled widely before turning to writing. He was awarded the Journey Prize for the title story in The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios. His second novel, Life of Pi, won the 2002 Man Booker, among other prizes. Yann Martel lives in Saskatoon with the writer Alice Kuipers and their son.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679603733
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Spiegel & Grau
Illustrator:
Palen, Debbie
Author:
Martel, Yann
Author:
Yann Martel
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Audio Books-Literature
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
NEWARRIVAL-FICTION
Subject:
Foreign Languages-Korean
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100413
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
197

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Product details 197 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780679603733 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Make no mistake, this is a novel about the Holocaust. But it's unlike any other, tackling the tenderness and the horror of human nature by focusing on animals. Henry is changed by the story of Beatrice the donkey and Virgil the howler monkey, and you will be, too.

"Review" by , "[A] fable-type story with iceberg-deep dimensions reaching far below the surface of its general premise....Ultimately, Henry finds redemption in terms of his fiction writing but not before facing a leviathan-size example of the human capacity for inflicting cruelty, assuaging guilt, and engaging in creative deception."
"Review" by , "This novel just might be a masterpiece about the Holocaust....[S]omehow Martel brilliantly guides the reader from the too-sunny beginning into the terrifying darkness of the old man's shop and Europe's past. Everything comes into focus by the end, leaving the reader startled, astonished and moved."
"Review" by , "Be assured that with this short, crisply written, many-layered book, Martel has once again demonstrated that nothing tells the truth like fiction."
"Synopsis" by , From the award-winning, bestselling author of Life of Pi comes a mesmerizing and brilliant exploration of the limitations of language in understanding and describing the horrors of the Holocaust.
"Synopsis" by , 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
"Synopsis" by , In an exploration of the limitations of language in understanding and describing the Holocaust, the award-winning, best-selling author of The Life of Pi presents a tale about a novelist and a taxidermist who collaborate on a play about a donkey and a howler monkey who have survived a genocide.
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