Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Book Review - Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel

I liked The Life of Pi, I really did. I learned a great deal from it.  The last bit was a bit disconcerting, but I liked it, all.

I loved Beatrice and Virgil.  This is perhaps one of the more profound books I've ever read about the...

I'd better not tell you that much.  It would make it much less fun to read, much less poignant at the end.  It is interesting that I have heard or read very little commentary on Beatrice and Virgil, while having heard and read much about the Life of Pi.  To my thinking it should be the other way round.  I can really tell you very little about the former and doubt I will ever forget the latter.

Here's a favorite quote from the book:  "Words are cold muddy toads trying to understand sprites dancing in a field."
Having said that, Martel then proceeds to use those muddy toads to try and understand.  His goal?  To figure out, "How are we going to talk about what happened to us...?"

I think he figured it out quite perfectly....sort of.


Ben said...

Great timing! I just finished the book I was reading and needed another. I loved Life of Pi, so I'm really looking forward to this one.

Framed said...

I loved The Life of Pi. Does that mean I won't like this one?

Myke Weber said...

No, I'm confident you will like it.

Ben Rasmussen said...

I've now read it--finished on Friday, in fact.

I really enjoyed this book, although enjoyed may not be exactly the right word. I felt it was far too short. At the climax I was left wanting more.

I want to read Henry's essay and novel.

I want to read more about the two Henrys, their lives and their interaction.

But mostly, I wanted to read more of the play. The play is incredible.

At the climax I was saddened that I wouldn't get to read more of play.

This is definitely not a book that I will be forgetting any time soon.

I don't know that I agree that this far eclipses Life of Pi, though. It's very different, but reading this has given me the urge to reread that.

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