Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel
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Mr. Martel skilfully interweaves images of different sorts of death and murder...Not all readers are attracted by magical realism and animal fables, but "Beatrice and Virgil" is so imbued with passionate moral and intellectual ardor that even the cynical should find it engaging.
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BONUS: This edition contains a Beatrice and Virgil discussion guide.

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 spirit and originality that made Life of Pi so beloved, this brilliant new novel takes the reader on a haunting odyssey. On the way Martel asks profound questions about life and art, truth and deception, responsibility and complicity.
 

About Yann Martel

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Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963. After studying philosophy at university, he worked odd jobs and traveled before turning to writing at the age of twenty-six. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed 2002 Man Booker Prize-winning novel Life of Pi, which was translated into thirty-eight languages and spent fifty-seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Yann Martel lives in Saskatchewan, Canada.
 
Published March 31, 2010 by Spiegel & Grau. 225 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Brooke Allen on Apr 17 2010

Mr. Martel skilfully interweaves images of different sorts of death and murder...Not all readers are attracted by magical realism and animal fables, but "Beatrice and Virgil" is so imbued with passionate moral and intellectual ardor that even the cynical should find it engaging.

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