Beatrice and Virgil

Beatrice and Virgil This is the story of a donkey named Beatrice and a monkey named Virgil It is also the story of an extraordinary journey undertaken by a man named Henry It begins with a mysterious parcel and it ends

  • Title: Beatrice and Virgil
  • Author: Yann Martel
  • ISBN: 9780670084517
  • Page: 341
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This is the story of a donkey named Beatrice and a monkey named Virgil.It is also the story of an extraordinary journey undertaken by a man named Henry.It begins with a mysterious parcel, and it ends in a place that will make you think again about one of the most significant events of the twentieth century.Once you have finished reading it, it is impossible to forget.

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    About " Yann Martel "

  • Yann Martel

    Yann Martel is the author of Life of Pi, the 1 international bestseller and winner of the 2002 Man Booker among many other prizes He is also the award winning author of The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios winner of the Journey Prize , Self, Beatrice Virgil, and 101 Letters to a Prime Minister Born in Spain in 1963, Martel studied philosophy at Trent University, worked at odd jobs tree planter, dishwasher, security guard and traveled widely before turning to writing He lives in Saskatoon, Canada, with the writer Alice Kuipers and their four children Become a fan of Yann on Facebook.

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  • I literally just finished Yann Martel's new book Beatrice and Virgil (B&V for brevity's sake) about 10 minutes ago. I am shaken with rage as the book is one of the most hateful and ghastly jumble of horrors I have ever finished. At least it is mercifully short. In fact, it is so short, it can hardly be called more than just a long short story. The main story clocks in under 200 pages, there is tons of white space and the last 8 pages are "games" that feel lifted from works about the Holocaus [...]


  • It's hard to review this book. I loved the first part so much, the simplicity and innocence of it. It was so seemingly transparent and human and honest. Then it turned it didn't become something else, it revealed what it had been all along.I've read reviews with people saying they felt manipulated, conned, tricked. They are expressing anger over the book and the way it approached the subject and who it was approached by (Who is HE to be writing so offensively about the Holocaust?).The symbolism [...]


  • My first reaction was a howl, a braying if you will, into the vastness. Martel does not allow us to look away. He puts his everyman in charge of his own story, and it is not a pretty sight. Echoing great voices in literature through the centuries, Martel chooses elements from many to create a symbolically dense, but figuratively simple narrative in which a taxidermist lovingly recreates the beauty once inherent in animals now long dead. Killedy, massacred, defaced, defiled, tortured, and humilia [...]


  • I think this book now holds the dubious honor of the worst book I have ever finished. It's derivative, dull & pretentious. The story within the story-a play featuring Beatrice and Virgil, a monkey and donkey walking across a striped shirt-is a cheap ripoff of Waiting for Godot. There are other plot points involving the narrator Henry's pets that seem to come from nowhere and lead nowhere. Finally, the book ends with a series of philosophical questions that strive to be profound, but remind m [...]


  • "Kako ćemo, jednog dana kada sve ovo bude gotovo, pričati o onome što nam se desilo?"Potresen sam i uznemiren ovim romanom. Knjigu bih mogao da svrstam među top 10 najboljih i u isti mah da je uklonim iz sopstvene biblioteke kako je nikada više ne bih čitaoČini mi se da će me ovo malo remek-delo dugo proganjati


  • What's wrong with it? All the literary devices are stale (the playwithin a novel, the big chunks copied out of a story by Flaubert thatis equally uninterestingly presented, the post-modernist writerwriting about a writer who is himself, the tedious Holocaustallegorical back story is not even mildly interesting or mysterious,the talking animals, the waiting for godot thing [it's been done, wehear:]ck.) None of the characters are interesting. There is noplot, really, which is OK (that can be an in [...]


  • You know those people who get put off by a book sheerly because of how popular it is and get it in their head that it sounds boring (the blurb gave it a self-help-fiction-ish tinge* and I loathe self-help) and is bound to be mainstream 'cause so many people are reading it? Yeah I'm one of those. I saw people everywhere reading Life of Pi for a couple of years before I caved and read it - and, I have to use a cliché here, I was "blown away" by how fantastic it was. If you haven't read it, I hope [...]


  • I disliked Life of Pi, but I thought, well let's give this one a try; it can't be worse. To be fair, it probably wasn't, but it was no better.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 [...]


  • Wow - 9 years was certainly worth the wait!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 [...]


  • This book snuck up on me.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 point [...]


  • What are the ethical and moral quandaries of depicting the Holocaust with anything but straight facts? That’s at the heart of Yann Martel’s Beatrice & Virgil, his disappointing follow-up to his prize-winning, bestselling Life Of Pi.Henry is a Martel-like figure who’s temporarily given up writing in despair after his follow-up to his prize-winning, bestselling novel is misunderstood and rejected by publishers.Living off the royalties of that earlier book with his pregnant wife, Sarah, h [...]


  • I can't believe this story only got 3 stars in the cumulative rating. I know I love Yann Martel, and I personally relate to this book, but I thought it was written brilliantly - and I mean BRILLIANTLY!!!It's a very tough book to read. I felt like I had experienced something close to the pain of the Holocaust when I finished it. It tore up my insides and made me bleed. I still can't think of it without feeling angst and sorrow in my heart.It's confusing, but in a good way. I think readers SHOULD [...]


  • I really liked parts of this book - the play within the story was pretty interesting. However, the book as a whole seemed to be one long explanation for why Martel hasn't published anything since Life of Pi, and frankly, I don't care why he hasn't written since then. I don't think that authors "owe" us anything just because they write one really good book - if that's all they write, that's fine, it's awesome that they gave us that much.Martel seems to be both trying to excuse not having publishe [...]


  • Oh. My. God.I finished this book in less than a day - I could not stop reading it. Yann Martel is one of the most brilliant writers and ever since I read (and was haunted by) Life of Pi, I've been looking forward to reading his next novel.A Booklist reviewer called this book "a fable-type story with iceberg-deep dimensions reaching far below the surface of its general premise." A young author named Henry L'Hote wrote a hugely successful book, but his second novel, eagerly awaited, is pitched to [...]


  • I am a child of postmodern literature. In college, my postmodern lit class with Samuel Smith was my favorite lit course because it gave me the framework to talk about all the things I love – metanarrative, self-referentiality, deconstruction. Yann Martel’s new book Beatrice and Virgil contains all these things – a play within a novel, the commentary on writing that applies to the book itself, a complexity of story lines that can, ultimately, be broken down into one central theme – the va [...]


  • I was sorry to read the Publisher’s Weekly review of this novel. I couldn’t disagree more with the reviewer’s take on this book.The Life of Pi is one of my all-time favorite novels, so when Yann Martel published his latest novel, I was hoping for more of the same: a novel that would touch my heart and haunt my consciousness. So I ran right out and spent the big bucks for the hard-bound copy. Beatrice and Virgil did more than touch my heart; it tore it out and handed it to me on a plate. An [...]


  • A very difficult read in the end, but one that will help me be a better person I didn't know where this story was going, but once it was revealed to me it opened my eyes to horrors that I will probably never fully understand. I can't say that I enjoyed this story, but in some ways I felt it. Ultimately it brought me to tears.


  • Algumas das ideias que transmite sobre o Holocausto são bastante fortes, mas a escrita algo fraca (o que era aquela obsessão com as enumerações?!), o ritmo demasiado lento da trama e o final completamente descabido prejudicaram muito o resultado final.


  • I liked what he tried to do.I liked the cadence and the contrast with violence at the end.I thought he could have done a better job with Beatrice and Virgil's sense of anxiety and paranoia. He tried but I think fell short of the sentiment.At other times I REALLY enjoyed some of his simple themes. The concept of appreciating silence best when there was chaos, rather than quiet, as it highlighted what was absent.I enjoyed his descriptions of beauty in simple things. He did that very well.I liked t [...]


  • What is Beatrice And Virgil about?The question of “about-ness” is asked more than once in Yann Martel’s latest novel. In reference to our main character Henry, “What is this book about?” is asked of his latest novel regarding the Holocaust. When Henry’s publishers and editors don’t “get” his work, he gives up writing for a time, moves to a big city with his wife, adopts a dog and cat, gets his wife pregnant, and meets another Henry; a taxidermist writing a play. In this play, t [...]


  • Envolvente é a melhor palavra para definir este livro. Com uma história lindíssima, entre Beatriz e Virgílio, Yann Martel define muito bem os horrores do Holocausto.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 at [...]


  • My eleven-year-old son read this book, because he loved Life of Pi better than anything else he ever read. (Me? I felt completely betrayed by Life of Pi's ending.) He kept saying to me, "You need to read this and tell me what you think."Wow. This is a powerful tiny novella, rich in symbolism and packing a huge emotional wallop. Although I'm normally the first person to be turned off by postmodern self-referentiality, it didn't bother me here. Martel's narrator is transparently a stand-in for him [...]


  • The words “dull” and “lazy” come to mind.I don’t think Beatrice & Virgil was on my to-read list for any reason other than its author. Yes, I have read Life of Pi, and I suppose it was all right and I liked it well-enough at the time, though I’m thinking that if I do ever go back and re-read it I’m going to feel somewhat meh about it. Yann Martel is a paradigm example of a CanLit author who is impressive to the impressionable type of young mind I had back in my teens and early t [...]


  • Complete opposite of his first book The Life of Pi which was intriguing, fascinating, different and positive. While this story is also written through symbolism with the intent to make you analyze and interpret, the net result leaves you feeling used. Having said that it is extremely well written. The story within a story within a story is intriguing. All of it has serious potential but ultimately very dissatisfying. Spoiler alert: The story begins with an author's story getting rejected because [...]


  • Let me preface by saying that I liked The Life of Pi. I loved it, in fact. It is a fantastic novel that I would enjoy reading again and again.When I got Yann Martel's later novel, Beatrice and Virgil, I wasn't expecting something like the Life of Pi.But, in a way, that is exactly what I got. Only it was a confused, convoluted, and atrocious version of the book that I had loved so much.The premise of this book, where an author is convinced to help an elderly taxidermist with his allegorical off-o [...]


  • I love Yann Martel's stories. He has a brilliant way of twisting the conventional storytelling method while making the reader think about what fiction/truth/reality mean to the individual. Beatrice & Vergil is a story about the Holocaust which is told through a number if different perspectives: there is Henry, who narrates the story and is a very successful author who is feeling pressure to write an equally successful second novel (slightly autobiographical?); there is the taxidermist, whom [...]


  • “To my mind, faith is like being in the sun. The shadow is doubt. And it goes wherever you go as long as you stay in the sun.” “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, threatenin [...]


  • The lousiest book I've found myself reading in recent times. I will finish it. The amazement at the sheer banality of it has forced me till now, and I hope Martel saves it from here on.


  • There is no doubt that the author Yann Martel has a gift for writing prose with hidden underlying themes, discoverable essentially by comprehension of obscure symbolic parables and involving brave leaps of faith.Based on this uncertain premise I have built my even more uncertain interpretation of the story.Henry is an accomplished author. He has established public recognition and credibility based on successfully creating two popular books. I see Henry as the symbolic representation of “the pe [...]


  • Like many of my friends, I picked up Life of Pi (Martel's previous novel, a Booker Prize winner) because of its cover. I was intrigued by its premise and I ended up taking it home with me. It was what I was hoping for: a completely unique and utterly convincing take on a deceptively simple story of human survival. I was impressed by the book, moved by its intensity, and desperate to discuss it with others. Because there was something I didn't quite "get" about the novel, something I didn't like [...]


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