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Beatrice and Virgil (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 03/06/2010
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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 complicity.

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781847677655
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 358 g
Dimensions: 220 x 143 x 22 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
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 Quarterly * *

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“Beautiful, breathtaking, bonkers and brutal.”

I don't like pears. But I too found the description of the pear to be simply beautiful. One could almost reach out and touch it, one could almost feel the sweet juices dribbling down one's chin. I found... More

Paperback edition
19th April 2014
Helpful? Upvote 11

“Beautifully strange”

I wasn't sure at all what to expect with this book; Life of Pi is so different and unusual a story that it would be hard to guess at what the writer would do next... something low key? Was Life of Pi a one off?... More

Paperback edition
23rd January 2012
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“Did I love it or did I hate it? Not sure.”

I barely know where to start with this book. I actually finished it over a week ago but wanted to wait a while to collect my thoughts about it and see if they are any clearer after some consideration. They aren’t: I... More

Hardback edition
27th July 2010
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