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by Yann Martel

  • ISBN: 1847677673
  • Category: Literary
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Yann Martel
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (July 1, 2011)
  • ePub book: 1866 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1398 kb
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  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 355

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Henry was invited to book launches and literary festivals around the world; countless schools and book clubs adopted the book; he regularly saw people reading it on planes and trains; Hollywood was set to turn it into a movie; and so on and so forth. Henry continued to live what was essentially a normal, anonymous life.

Yann Martel's book, "Beatrice and Virgil", is not intended to be a frothy light read. That said, it does contains wit and humor albeit in a self deprecating manner by the author, but always with a deep menancing undertone of tragedy lurking just around the corner

Yann Martel's book, "Beatrice and Virgil", is not intended to be a frothy light read. That said, it does contains wit and humor albeit in a self deprecating manner by the author, but always with a deep menancing undertone of tragedy lurking just around the corner.

Beyond that, though, Beatrice and Virgil seems, despite its evidently large ambitions, strangely trivial and narcissistic: a book that ends up thinking about neither Jews nor animals . Yann Martel is at the Guardian Hay festival today.

Beyond that, though, Beatrice and Virgil seems, despite its evidently large ambitions, strangely trivial and narcissistic: a book that ends up thinking about neither Jews nor animals, but using the extermination of both to think about, of all things, writer's block. James Lasdun's It's Beginning to Hurt is published by Vintage.

the Book, host Kathy Patrick talks with Yann Martel, author of the bestselling LIFE OF PI and BEATRICE AND VIRGIL.

In this episode of Beauty and the Book, host Kathy Patrick talks with Yann Martel, author of the bestselling LIFE OF PI and BEATRICE AND VIRGIL. Early Dynastic Mesopotamia (Excellent Presentation) - Продолжительность: 49:21 The Study of Antiquity and the Middle Ages Recommended for you. 49:21.

When I got Yann Martel's later novel, Beatrice and Virgil, I wasn't expecting something like the Life of P. ut, in a way, that is exactly what I got.

Yann Martel’s misconceived and offensive new novel parses the tragic fate of its title characters, two animals in a. .Mr. Martel’s new book, Beatrice and Virgil, unfortunately, is every bit as misconceived and offensive as his earlier book was fetching.

Yann Martel’s misconceived and offensive new novel parses the tragic fate of its title characters, two animals in a taxidermy shop, through the tragic fate of Jews. It, too, features animals as central characters. It, too, involves a figure who in some respects resembles the author. It, too, is written in deceptively light, casual prose.

Beatrice and Virgil is Canadian writer Yann Martel's third novel. First published in April 2010, it contains an allegorical tale about representations of the Holocaust. It tells the story of Henry, a novelist, who receives the manuscript of a play in a letter from a reader. Intrigued, Henry traces the letter to a taxidermist, who introduces him to the play's protagonists, two taxidermy animals-Beatrice, a donkey, and Virgil, a monkey.

Yann Martel Beatrice and Virgil. Henry's second novel, written, like his first, under a pen name, had done well. Henry was invited to book launches and literary festivals around the world; countless schools and book clubs adopted the book; he regularly saw people reading it on planes and trains; Hollywood was set to turn it into a movie; and so on and so forth.

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.

Comments

Monam Monam
When I read Life of Pi, it was the first book that I re-read passages because so much was within each sentence. I love Mr. Martel's crisp yet complex style.
I was not disappointed reading Beatrice and Virgil. It will be a book that will stay with me.
The horror of the Holocaust slips up on you through allegory and then punches you in the gut. His writing is masterful.
Next step is to find my next Yann Martel read.
Avarm Avarm
Four elements form this novel, listed in order of appearance: 1) A narrative following a thinly disguised Yann Martel; 2) fragments of a story entitled “St. Julian the Hospitaler” by Gustave Flaubert; 3) a play concerning a donkey and a monkey—Beatrice and Virgil ; 4)a set of “cards” describing Gustav’s Game(s). Don’t let the disguised narrative bog you down as it did me the first go around. It serves a purpose. The Flaubert story too, serves a purpose. The play—ah, the play has marvelous moments! And too, does Gustav’s Game. This is a novel that grows more intense with a slow build. While it is worth reading for that intensity, most readers will come away wishing that the build had developed in a more orderly, less biographical fashion and that the ending was not thrust on them in the last twenty or so pages.
After re-reading this novel, I can appreciate the structure a bit more, and even come away with some appreciation of the (auto)biographical wanderings in the first part. The narrator, I suspect, is meant to be an Everyman. In an odd way, I think I like this one better than Pi. BUT, you do have to get past the trumped-up autobiographical bits and then, only in retrospect, do they work.
Siatanni Siatanni
The reviews suggested another book might be a better place for my attention but after reading Mr. Martel's third book I was curious enough to experience this work. Thoroughly novel in it's approach and effective in its delivery. I find his exploration of human suffering worthy of sharing. The Truth draws us close enough to feel, an intimacy with energy to linger in our consciousness. I am deeply grateful for Mr. Martel's offerings. An appropriate selection for a fellow human being seeking to explore the human condition and how we might have gotten here with the world as it appears now. Travel well.
นℕĨĈტℝ₦ นℕĨĈტℝ₦
By far one of the worst waste of time. I chose this book because I loved Life of Pi for its unique approach. But this book goes beyond a unique approach. It's almost insulting in dragging its reader through a ludicrous plot and a horribly wrong analogy. One bit of honesty was the first luncheon where the author learns why his book is unpublishable. Yann Martel's publishers should have read and learned. I'm glad he sees us in animals, but it just doesn't work here.
Braendo Braendo
Martel's novel is about the Holocaust in a round about way that entertains as well as enlightens one about misplaced trust. The narrator meets a taxidermist who is writing a play about a donkey and a howler monkey. This book is bound to cause mixed emotions, but well worth the read.
Arakus Arakus
Yann Martel's book, "Beatrice and Virgil", is not intended to be a frothy light read. That said, it does contains wit and humor albeit in a self deprecating manner by the author, but always with a deep menancing undertone of tragedy lurking just around the corner. I give the book 5 stars but I can't say I "liked" it, that word reserved for warm fuzzy feelings not applicable here. But it deserves 5 stars. First off, I loved and thank the author for his generous opening of his private life, giving us peeks into his life with a few fictional trappings thrown in for good measure. It reads like a fascinating interview on how an author lives in the immediate aftermath of writing an international best seller. The story then delves into a dark and uncomfortable topic, the Holocaust. It attacks the story from the perspective of a donkey and a howler monkey, two animal characters in a play written by an unfathomable fan/taxidermist figure who seeks the author's help regarding this play. Throughout the book you try to ascertain if this taxidermist is a "good guy" or a "bad guy", without a lot of success. Much like trying to label ourselves based on our thoughts or conduct at any given instant. The book makes a thought provoking suggestion - that to truly "understand" the holocaust, we must approach it not only historically but also from a fictional perspective where fiction installs the emotional aspect of the story, as distinguished from the clinical impact of historical treatises that tell the story but dull the emotional and far-reaching impact of an event that shattered man's God-soul on an epic scale. The book's protagonist, Henry, argues that addressing hard moral issues from a fictional stance opens our emotional involvement with the lesson, versus historical perspective which permits us to safely stand distant and thus potentially emotionally uninvolved. The suggestion tugs at the very question many of us have of the Holocaust - how could we - collectively "we" - have permitted it to happen and what would "we" have done in similar circumstances regardless of our roles? It requires the contemplative reader to ask: In a similar situation, what answer would I give, what action would I take, what life would I live during and after an experience like this? That makes for a great book regardless of whether it is comfortable to read or not. The book challenges the world's attempt to look away, much like polite society avoiding uncomfortable mirror truths, where hard looks make us all accountable to permitting many current atrocities to occur unchallenged. The book ultimately asks us to reflect on mankind's accountability one to another. Being the child of a French Jewish Holocaust victim, now deceased, the book gave me a much richer understanding of my mother in ways I never expected. She never talked about her experiences. She did however cry every time she saw hurt and abandoned animals and she was a devoted supporter of the ASPCA. She herself could be unspeakably cruel to the people in her family and in her life. The book gave me a much better understanding of how this could come to be. Two characters in Beatrice and Virgil are both named "Henry", one being the author, and one being the taxidermist. A great tool suggesting perhaps that the best and the worst qualities can appear in all of us, the only difference being the choices we make. We kids lived with the Holocaust's aftermath on a day by day basis in the manner of her life, a life which was incongruously wonderful, amazing, inspiring, and terrifying, dysfunctional, darkly sad, and extraordinarily consumed with heart-rending guilt. Wonderful and horrible all at the same time. We learned to focus on the wonderful part, tried to understand and avoid the terrible part, learned to live around the dysfunctional part, and probably passed a lot of those elements on to our kids who are just now starting their own families. This second generation also carries the story's aftermath to their own lives, hopefully with a large part of the "wonderful" and a lesser degree of the "terrible" with each generation. But like Yann Martel, I don't want them to forget the story or lose the depth of its message. Stories like Beatrice & Virgil and Ursula Hegi's "Stones from the River" Stones from the River bring an understanding that goes beyond the documentaries, both sharing a message that life can be both wonderful and terrible depending on what you take and apply from the messages. Read the book and then find a way to discuss it with a book club or close friends or family. Finally, the book's last chapter deserves multiple reads.
Celen Celen
I would say that the most redeeming quality about this book was its brevity. Had it been much longer, I think I probably would have lost interest and abandoned it.

It's a metaphor for the Holocaust, that much is clear from the beginning. The storyline is dark and filled with extraneous details about the writing process that I ended up skimming over. Every once in a while it crosses over into the surreal with no real explanations given (for example, the travels of Beatrice and Virgil (a donkey with a monkey riding its back) take place on a shirt.)

It seemed like Yann Martel used his post-Pi real life experience as a foothold for a story, which in the end, just came off as a bit weak and watered down. I got the feeling the whole time I was reading that he was struggling with a horrible case of writer's block, which I can certainly relate to. I would say overall, Beatrice and Virgil is a classic case of the "Sophomore" novel.