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New York Times savages Yann Martel’s Beatrice and Virgil


In yesterdays New York Times Yann Martel’s new novel Beatrice and Virgil received a fairly savage thrashing at the hands of Michiko Kakutani. The first two sentences is about all it took…

Yann Martel’s 2001 novel, “Life of Pi,” was a charming, eccentric fable — part philosophical meditation on God, part children’s adventure story about a boy’s voyage across the ocean on a lifeboat with a tiger named Richard Parker.

Mr. Martel’s new book, “Beatrice and Virgil,” unfortunately, is every bit as misconceived and offensive as his earlier book was fetching.

However, that was not the end of it…

Though Virgil and Beatrice are sweetly engaging characters, the play in which they appear remains a derivative recycling of Beckett, and Mr. Martel’s efforts to turn their tale into a kind of philosophical meditation on the Holocaust result in a botched and at times cringe-making fable

Despite this signed copies of Beatrice and Virgil are doing brisk trade on AbeBooks.

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2 Responses to “New York Times savages Yann Martel’s Beatrice and Virgil”

  1. I loved Beatrice and Virgil. I thought it was an amazing ‘philosophical meditation on the Holocaust’.

  2. I went to the launch of Beatrice and Virgil last night. Am still not sure I want to read the book, but if anyone’s interested in reading about it I’ve posted it here: http://tinyurl.com/26oher6

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