Beatrice and Virgil

Beatrice and Virgil

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This is the story of a donkey named Beatrice and a monkey named Virgil. It is also the story of an extraordinary journey undertaken by a man named Henry. It begins with a mysterious parcel, and it ends in a place that will make you think again about one of the most significant events of the twentieth century. Once you have finished reading it, it is impossible to more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 16mm | 18.14g
  • Canongate Books Ltd
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1847677673
  • 9781847677679
  • 67,872

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A provocative and fiercely brave novel. It grips the reader with teeth as sharp as a Bengal tiger's -- John Boyne * author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas * A sophisticated fable...Beatrice and Virgil is so imbued with passionate moral and intellectual ardor that even the cynical should find it engaging. * Wall Street Journal * It's a masterpiece, no question. -- A N Wilson * Reader's Digest * An explosion of ideas that keep the pages turning...a wild, provocative novel * Independent on Sunday * 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 * It is awe-inspiring when a writer hits a high note; goes dancing along the edge of something; hurls himself against enormous questions again and again...Writers such as Martel are a kind of human sacrifice. It cannot be easy to imagine a way into suffering, come out, lead others into it and through it. * Los Angeles Times * For page after page it held my attention, and the atmosphere of foreboding is impressively done. * Irish Sunday Independent * Imaginative and innovative novel about the Holocaust, including taxidermists, talking donkeys and the best ever description of a pear. It's weird, wonderful and impressively short. * Financial Times * Strikingly impressive ... It is the kind of book that you can read only in short bursts, while telling yourself that you will re-read it immediately ... It has the wit, charm and hectic strangeness of a painting by Chagall. * Times * Sings with rich and bleak poetry. * Guardian *show more

About Yann Martel

Yann Martel is the author of a short story collection, The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, and of four novels, Self, Beatrice & Virgil, Life of Pi (for which he was awarded the 2002 Man Booker Prize), and his latest, The High Mountains of Portugal. Life of Pi was adapted for the silver screen by Ang Lee, garnering four Oscars. Martel also ran a guerilla book club with Stephen Harper, sending the former prime minister of Canada a book every two weeks for four years. The letters that accompanied the books were published as 101 Letters to a Prime Minister. Martel lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, with the writer Alice Kuipers, and their four more

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A provocative and fiercely brave novel. It grips the reader with teeth as sharp as a Bengal tiger's John Boyne author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamasshow 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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