Beatrice and Virgil
With all the spirit and originality that made...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
After a rather slow, easygoing beginning, the book led me into a lovely passage about a pear. The description of the pear was so complete and imaginative and perfect that I wished fervently for a pear while reading it. I felt as if I had entered a garden and found a fragrant circle of flowers. Generally I liste...more
Reviews on Amazon range from "This is a great, moving story" to "This is a pointless, waste of time", and depending on the person, I could see all those viewpoints. Critics have tended to the harsher side of the spectrum.
I liked it though, and though it doesn't feel the same way as Pi (less ambition? less...more
The book is bogged down in the perspective of Martel's self-insert, which makes it frequently dull. (I r...more
I'm not familiar with the works of Flaubert (nor the textually mentioned Diderot), so I can't really speak to the usage here. I AM a fan of Samuel Beckett, and considering my Beckett-fandom greatly outweighs my Martel-fandom, I feel B&V bor...more
"That terrifying event was overwhelmingly represented by a single school: historical realism. The story, always the same story, was always framed by...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