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Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel
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May 08, 2010

it was amazing
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Read in July, 2010

Yann Martel's books leave me speechless. I picked this one up this morning and was unable to stop until I finished. Like A Life of Pi, this one defies description. It's about a monkey and a donkey who travel through a land called "shirt," attempting to forget their horrid past. It's about the Holocaust, or, more aptly, about our ongoing dialogue about the Holocaust. It's about our continued inability to deal with the events of nearly 70 years ago, or even accept that we as humans can do such a thing and that the world can continue to exist afterwards. It's about the ghoulish nature of many Holocaust stories and how we can't absolve ourselves of those sins by attempting to keep the victims and their stories alive in their original states like stuffed animal corpses. While I can't say that this is the definitive work on the Holocaust, I will say that it opens a dialogue that I have not seen elsewhere. READ!
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