Beatrice and Virgil: A Novel by Yann Martel

By Yann Martel

Whilst Henry gets a letter from an aged taxidermist, it poses a puzzle that he can't withstand. As he's pulled additional into the area of this unusual and calculating guy, Henry turns into more and more concerned with the lives of a donkey and a howler monkey—named Beatrice and Virgil—and the epic trip they adopt together.

With all of the spirit and originality that made Life of Pi so loved, this fantastic new novel takes the reader on a haunting odyssey. at the method Martel asks profound questions about existence and artwork, fact and deception, accountability and complicity.

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But the next morning the woman, whom Tetis evidently wished to invest with a duty < ... > lof the highest importance/, < ... > had already made another engagement: she had to go to the house of a child she had met the day before, who was extremely poor and ugly, although she considered him beautiful-and perhaps rightly: he was desperately poetic because of the tenuousness of what kept him, wan and Ineedy/, alive. The woman, it seems, was to take the child to buy some gifts in I 8 PETROLIO the city, the impoverished city in whose impoverished outskirts he lived with a mother overburdened with children, like a cat, and a blind father.

The chaos and the misery restrained the violence of physical life, which managed to break out only in the gardens, overflowing with succulent vegetables and the red bushes of a particular type of almost crudely exotic salvia. Night came, and everything was swallowed in darkness. Soon, however, the moon appeared: a heavy milk-white moon that shed an intense light. The coasts and the mountains were outlined in black in that milky, almost oily glow. In the middle of the night, the train stopped in a vast station, where storage lockers, lamps, warehouses, underpasses, sordid hovels for the workers, cement Ipalisades/, Ipits < ...

Everything that he was proud of, as of a privilege not flaunted-his white skin, the fabric of the suit, those socks that could be seen under the pants, which were unattractively pulled up around the calves because of the fall-was now a rather repugnant object of pity, and that was all. Not even the absence of life was enough to cancel the stigmas of birth; in fact, it exposed them even more brutally. NOTE 3 Introduction of the Imetaphysical! theme < ... > lAnd nowl Carlo sees two beings arrive beside that supine body, beings who have probably descended from the sky---or come perhaps from the depths of the earth, < ...

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