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 pulling 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 orginality that made Life of Pi so treasured, 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 more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 138 x 212 x 28mm | 358.34g
  • Canongate Books Ltd
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1847677657
  • 9781847677655
  • 72,275

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* Every page offers something of tension, humanity, surprise, or even ecstasy The Times on Life of Pi * Ultimately uplifting Daily Mail on Life of Pi * A terrific book ... fresh, original, smart, devious, and crammed with absorbing lore -- Margaret Atwood Sunday Times on Life of Pi * A hilarious novel, full of clever tricks, amusing asides and grand originality Daily Telegraph on Life of Pi * This enormously lovable novel is suffused with wonder ... this is fiction probing the imaginative realm with scientific exactitude, twisting reality to "bring out its essence" Guardian on Life of Pi * Audaciously original, never less than engrossing, often disturbing, and in its denouement truly horrifying. -- Mick Brown The Telegraph Magazine * A slim but potent exploration of the nature of survival in the face of evil. -- Nina Sankovitch The Huffington Post * As an elliptical fable, [Beatrice and Virgil] is a model of clarity and dread. -- Rosemary Goring The Herald, Arts Supplement * Somewhere between Beckett and Ionesco...with its textures of genre and allegory, there also comes an explosion of ideas that keep the pages turning...a wild, provocative novel. -- Joy Lo Dico The Independent on Sunday * [Beatrice and Virgil] is elaborately structured, with narratives tucked into other narratives and, in terms of themes, more layers than an Italian wedding cake. -- David Robson Sunday Telegraph, Seven * Quirky. Vogue * We're gripped... -- Stephen Doig Harper's Bazaar * A masterpiece, no question. -- A N Wilson Readers Digest * A daringly original work. Psychologies * Never less than powerful and affecting ... Martel is incapable of writing a dull sentence. Dail Express * Beatrice and Virgil are deeply affecting creations. Time Out * Fascinating. Literary Review * Strong stuff. Hot Press * Beatrice and Vigil is an outstanding intellectual achievement. The List * An unsettling exploration of the power and difficulty and dangers of storytelling. Waterstone's Books Quarterlyshow more

About Yann Martel

Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963. 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, which was translated into thirty-eight languages. Yann Martel lives in Saskatchewan, more

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4 25% (4,167)
3 31% (5,040)
2 19% (3,104)
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