B: Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel

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!.


  1. I loved Life of Pi Robin and I'm going with what you wrote and will avoid reading this one for sure!

  2. @staci - it's a walk on the odd side.

  3. It seems a lot of people had this reaction to the book. It's a disappointment because I am reading Life of Pi now and am completely blown away!

  4. I think this one was that I sent you, right? I have to be honest ... I felt pretty much the same way about it. Life of Pi was so much better IMO.


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