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Beatrice and Virgil

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Bravo! (I think)

Wow. This is one of the most memorable books I have ever read. (I got an advance copy). Martel is both a thinker and an entertainer and a magician. This book is about a zillion things: about story telling, about unreliable authors, a stuffed howler monkey and a stuffed ...
Wow. This is one of the most memorable books I have ever read. (I got an advance copy). Martel is both a thinker and an entertainer and a magician. This book is about a zillion things: about story telling, about unreliable authors, a stuffed howler monkey and a stuffed donkey. It steals from Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot and pays homage to it. It is also about the holocaust and not about the holocaust and about an animal holocaust. It is funny one second and chilling another. The end is positively disturbing for many reasons (I don't want to spoil it.)
I think this will be a controversial book in that it attempts to make art out of the holocaust. There are those who think that is totally wrong. The point is to bear witness to such an event. Not to transform it into a thing of whimsy and cleverness (along with horror). I'm not sure where I stand on this. And, frankly, I'm not quite sure where Martel stands. Can you say book club discussion?

posted by Zandokahn on February 24, 2010

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5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK

As someone who LOVED the LIFE OF PI I was highest disappointed with this book. The first 170 pages of this book bored me to no end, but the last 27 pages angered and disgusted me. You went from having a pointless book with no plot to having a gruesome ending that did...
As someone who LOVED the LIFE OF PI I was highest disappointed with this book. The first 170 pages of this book bored me to no end, but the last 27 pages angered and disgusted me. You went from having a pointless book with no plot to having a gruesome ending that didn't really tie in with the rest of the book. The LIFE OF PI left you wanting more to read. This book left you never wanting to read another book by YANN MARTEL ever again. The character in the book "Henry" is a writer and is told by his publisher that his story is about nothing and should never published. I wish someone had told YANN this before he published this book. Take you own advice Mr. Martel next time and stop writing if you don't have a story to tell.

posted by Drewb on May 5, 2010

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