Beatrice and Virgil

Beatrice and Virgil

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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. "From the Hardcover edition."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 279 pages
  • 132.08 x 195.58 x 25.4mm | 272.15g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type / large print edition
  • 0739377809
  • 9780739377802
  • 673,552

Review quote

PRAISE FOR "BEATRICE AND VIRGIL" "Dark but divine...This novel might just be a masterpiece about the Holocaust...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" ..." a slim but potent exploration of the nature of survival in the face of evil..."Beatrice and Virgil" is a chilling addition to the literature about the horrors most of us cannot imagine, and will stir its readers to think about the depths of depravity to which humanity can sink and the amplitude of our capacity to survive." --Nina Sankovitch, "The Huffington Post" "Those spell-bound by Man Booker prize-winning Life of Pi wilshow more

About Yann Martel

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. "From the Hardcover edition."show more

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16,485 ratings
3.12 out of 5 stars
5 14% (2,338)
4 25% (4,167)
3 31% (5,040)
2 19% (3,104)
1 11% (1,836)
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