Author(s): Yann Martel
With this highly anticipated new novel, the author of the bestselling Life of Pi returns to the storytelling power and luminous wisdom of his master novel. The High Mountains of Portugal is a suspenseful, mesmerising story of a great quest for meaning, told in three intersecting narratives that touch the lives of three different people and their families, and taking us on an extraordinary journey through the last century. We begin in the early 1900s, when Tomas discovers an ancient journal and sets out from Lisbon in one of the very first motor cars in Portugal in search of the strange treasure the journal describes. Thirty-five years later, a pathologist devoted to the novels of Agatha Christie, whose wife has possibly been murdered, finds himself drawn into Tomas's quest. Fifty years later, Senator Peter Tovy of Ottawa, grieving the death of his own beloved wife, rescues a chimpanzee from an Oklahoma research facility and takes it to live with him in his ancestral village in northern Portugal, where the strands of all three stories miraculously mesh together. Beautiful, witty and engaging, Yann Martel's new novel offers us the same tender exploration of the impact and significance of great love and great loss, belief and unbelief, that has marked all his brilliant, unexpected novels.
'Somewhere between Beckett and Ionesco...with its textures of genre and allegory, there also comes an explosion of ideas that keep the pages turning...a wild, provocative novel.' Independent on Sunday on Beatrice and Virgil 'Beatrice and Virgil is so imbued with passionate moral and intellectual ardor that even the cynical should find it engaging.' Wall Street Journal 'One encounters page after page of images and observations riveting in their precision and insight...A story to make you believe in the soul-sustaining power of fiction and its human creators, and in the original power of storytellers like Martel.' Los Angeles Times Book Review 'A terrific book...Fresh, original, smart, devious and crammed with absorbing lore.' Margaret Atwood on Life of Pi
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