Beatrice and Virgil

Beatrice and Virgil

[a Novel]

Audiobook CD - 2010
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Booker Prize-winning author Yann Martel's novel unfolds the story of Henry, a writer living in a foreign city. When one of his readers mails him a scene from Flaubert's Beatrice and Virgil as well as a plea for help, Henry visits the return address, which happens to be a nearby taxidermy shop. Upon meeting the elderly and abstruse taxidermist, who in turn introduces him to Beatrice, a donkey, and Virgil, a howler monkey, Henry's life is changed forever.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, p2010
ISBN: 9780307715159
Branch Call Number: MAR
Characteristics: 5 compact discs (6 hrs.) : digital ; 12 cm
Additional Contributors: Bramhall, Mark


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Dec 21, 2011

I listened to the audio version and found the presentation very good. There are some slower passages in this book where the author shows off some pretty amazing writing but I felt while "reading" those that I was in a creative writing class - e.g. "describe a pear". In spite of that, I heartily recommend this book; the device of using the animal characters super-imposed on the quests of the human characters is done brilliantly. The basic theme of the book is an old one and yet the author brings it about in such an artful way. There is lots to say about this, even after nearly 2 years I still think about this book.

Dec 21, 2011

A strange story about an alligorical donkey and a monkey, told within a frame by a taxidermist to a writer. The middle part is a bit dry. Near the end, the writer discovers the play he is being read is on the same topic as his writing. Much of it focuses on character development.

Oct 14, 2010

Excellent book. The audio version is great. It was a treat to listen to. (Just don't expect "entertainment"; the book makes you think.)

May 10, 2010

I enjoyed Yann Martel's "Life of Pi" very much. I was expecting an adventure; but this book was very slow and depressing.

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