Year 5, Book 32

32. Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel
I was horribly disappointed in this book. I absolutely loved Martel’s earlier book The Life of Pi. I know there was a lot of controversy over the ending of that book, but I thought it was brilliant. So I was much looking forward to Beatrice and Virgil. Now I’m sorry I spent any time reading it. The story revolves around Henry, an author, who befriends a taxidermist writing some kind of allegorical play about the Holocaust involving the main characters of a donkey named Beatrice and a howler monkey named Virgil. The taxidermist asks for Henry’s help with his play, which Henry seems to think is pretty bad because there is no character development or plot per se. I would have to agree, but unfortunately I was forced to read it in real time along with Henry. In my opinion there is really nothing to recommend this novel aside from the fact that it was short, which meant I didn’t have to suffer through it long. I give it a 1 out of 10.

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