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Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel
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Oct 06, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: adult, animals
Read in October, 2011

Henry is a famous author, bombarded with fan mail and gratitude from his readers. Martel probably experienced this himself after his "Life of Pi" success. One day Henry receives a bulky package. Inside he finds a copy of an old story, and a portion of an original play. The author of this play is an elderly taxidermist. The play is an intellectual dialogue between a donkey and a howler monkey. Well versed and articulate, their conversations are solid and thoughtful. Henry is drawn into a strange and tense relationship with the taxidermist as he tries to offer writing advice to the old man. The plot however, takes some dark turns, bordering on Holocaust allegories, which was not what I expected at all. This is no "Life of Pi," and not my favorite story.

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