Beatrice and Virgil
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 spir...more
within a novel, the big chunks copied out of a story by Flaubert that
is equally uninterestingly presented, the post-modernist writer
writing about a writer who is himself, the tedious Holocaust
allegorical back story is not even mildly interesting or mysterious,
the talking animals, the waiting for godot thing [it's been done, we
hear:]...yuck.) None of the characters are interesting. There is no
plot, really, which is OK (that can be...more
Henry, um conhecido e reputado escritor de best-sellers sai do seu país natal quando um livro que projectara de uma forma diferente e em que relatava os horrores do Holocausto lhe é vetado pela sua editora. Decide partir com a mulher para uma outra cidade e aí fazer uma nova vida, completamente diferente do que havia feito até agora....more
Henry L'Hote is a wildly successful novelist who is thwarted in his desire to publish his next novel. While taking a break from writing, he receives a mysterious package from a fan who sends part of a story, part of a play and a note asking for his help. What follows could only happen in a Yann Martel novel. He makes the surreal and impossible seems normal and routine.
After much contemplation, Henry goes to meet the fan and is perplexed by the strange...more
“We overvalue words, they are just refined grunts.”
“Words are cold, muddy toads trying to understand spirits dancing in a field.”
I always felt that words are so strong that they can shatter the silence and scream the truth hoarse... but this book just makes me believe that nothing is more powerful than silence... it can be killing, tormenting, poignant, threatening, cla...more
I think most available literary devices were used and you can have great fun spotting the various references to other works; many are blindingly obvious, others less so.
In brief, the two main protagonists are both called Henry; one is an author with writer's block and the other an aging taxidermist, usually refered to as the taxidermist. The taxidermist s...more
Non so se sbaglio ma direi che è il primo libro di una nuova collana di Piemme, ho verificato se c'erano dati on line (ci sono http://affaritaliani.libero.it/tags/p...) ma vi riporto comunque i miei. Quando nasce una nuova collana io di base sono sempre felice, a prescindere dal genere. Poi, siccome questa nave si chiama "pescepirata aspiranti scrittori" vi fo notare che questa collana è interessata (anche) agli esordienti talentuosi.
Per quelli che leggono s...more
Shame that two of the three were complete and utter STINKERS that will go in the wall cavity when we renew the insulation! hahahahaha. But hey ho and ho hum - onwards and upwards.
I adore Life of Pi and was prepared for something along those lines, and while the writing style and voice are just alike, this book is totally different. I was not sure what this book was while I was reading it... it is discordant and has some concepts in it that dont seem to fit with others, there isnt an easy flow to the story and I can see why some people would be put off by it.
What I will say about this book is that it is like a good poem, and I think that is the po...more
- Like Yann Martel thought the revelation would be a lot more shocking and meaningful than it actually was.
- Worse, like the author felt the need to siphon emotional gravity from another topic, that ended up fee...more
When I started to read the book I could feel it wasnt gonna get any ex...more
I absolutely loved Yann Martel’s first novel. Life of Pi. Borrowed it of a friend, Penelope, and was half tempted to never return it back (she has a memory of a gold fish that’s why). But I did return it, only so I could go and purchase a copy of my own to proudly display over my book shelf. Life of Pi really made me think, the book had levels unimaginable. But then again as Yann Martel puts it – what’s unlike the unthinkable to make people believe? I still do have a few questions unanswered fro...more
This is about Henry, a moderately successful writer, who - after having his latest effort rejected - moves to a new (unnamed) town with his wife. Having enjoyed some success previously, he receives letters from readers. One day he gets a parcel containing a copy of a Flaubert short story (with some parts about animal cruelty highlighted), a scene from a play and a note asking for his help.
He seeks out the sender, who happens to live in the same city. He turns out...more
From the first few pages I was sucked into this odd little world of the famous author, Henry, who forced to find a new story when his proposed book is trashed by the publishers. Suffering a writer block, the author relocates to some veiled "English" country where gets a dog and a cat, begins taking music lessons, joins an amateur theater company, his wife becomes pregnant and he answers a letter of help from an aging taxidermist, who has been tr...more
Martel memberikan informasi mengenai taxidermist dengan baik dan memberikan pemahaman akan bidang yang tidak terlalu populer, pembuatan diorama alam.
Bagaimana ia menciptakan kisah Holocaust menjadi sedikit berbeda juga memberikan pendekatan baru dalam menceritakan peristiwa sejarah tersebut.
Tapi, banyak hal yang terlalu obvious disampaikan oleh Martel seperti bagaimana ia menggambarkan...more
The main character is a writer, Henry, who writes under a pen name, but when his last project was essentially turned down, he decided to stop writing. He and his wife moved to an unnamed European city and took up a life there. His publishers still forward mail to him and he receives a note along with a scene from a play and a marked up short story of Flaubert's. The author of the note lives...more
When I got Yann Martel's later novel, Beatrice and Virgil, I wasn't expecting something like the Life of Pi.But, in a way, that is exactly what I got. Only it was a confused, convoluted, and atrocious version of the book that I had loved so much.
The premise of this book, where an author is convinced to help an elderly taxidermist with his allegorical off-o...more
Let me begin by saying that I was luke-warm about Life of Pi. I liked it but didn't rave about it. I really had no intentions of reading more of Martel's work. However, the premise of ths book really caught my attention as well as the large contract Martel received to write it. It is a fairly short book, so I chose this as my read for our flight to New York City. If it had not been for the fact that I was stuck with it I would not have finished it.
The plot revolves around a...more
Beatrice and Virgil by Yan Martel. a story about a donkey and a howler monkey, and a taxidermist and a writer, but not entirely
about a donkey and a howler monkey, but just enough about a donkey and a howler monkey to make any reader question the truths we tell ourselves vs. the lies we force ourselves to believe.
and how much pain we endure in our lifetimes and how much pain we inflict and how we cope and the people who help us cope. it's a story about a subject that's been dealt with thousands o...more
Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963 of peripatetic Canadian parents. He grew up in Alaska, British Columbia, Costa Rica, France, Ontario and Mexico, and has continued travelling as an adult, spending time in Iran, Turkey and India. Martel refers to his travels as, “seeing the same play on a whole lot of...more