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Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel
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Jun 16, 2010

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, at least when it comes to Yann Martel's latest novel. Is it extraordinary? Or is it awful? It depends on which reviewer you ask. Several critics found Beatrice and Virgil a beautifully rendered allegory of the Holocaust and humankind's penchant for cruelty. Others were far less impressed, calling the novel silly, pretentious, and a "disappointing and often perverse novel"--a far cry from Life of Pi (New York Times). With opinions this contrary, our readers will have to be their own judges. Does that make it the perfect book-group book--or the worst? This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.

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