|Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel|
Back cover: Fate can take many forms. For Henry, it arrives in an envelope from a stranger, containing a story by Flaubert, a play featuring two characters named Beatrice and Virgil, and a note signed "Henry" with an address in the same city. From the moment, Henry finds the address and steps into the taxidermist's shop, a place unlike anywhere he has ever been, his life is changed. In this extraordinary feat of storytelling, Yann Martel poses enduring questions about life and art, truth and deception, responsibility and complicity. And just as in Life of Pi, Martel's wit, pathos, and probing humanity are sure to hold readers in thrall.
I really don't know what to say about this one. It's truly an odd story that captures your attention. But as time goes on, you feel like you are walking down a garden path, that is slowly getting chocked by weeds, and you are getting pricked by thorns. The story was just a bit too morbid for me. Unlike Life of Pi, which I loved, all I can say is meh!.