“There is nothing like the unimaginable to make people believe” (30).
I chose this book because Yann Martel is one of my favourite author. His first book, Life of Pi inspired me to go into secondary English education. I was fortunate enough to hear Yann Martel speak and he signed my treasured copy of Life of Pi and what he wrote inspired my first tattoo.
Beatrice and Virgil is unlike any other book that I have read. It is a story about the Holocaust that is neither memoir or realistic fiction. This story is about an author trying to write about the Holocaust in a new way. He meets a taxidermist who has done exactly that and who has asked for help. In place of people the taxidermist’s play features an orangutang and a donkey, two animals in his shop. This book could also have fit into the category of a book with a Canadian author.
A book with non-human characters
What Was I Scared Of? by Dr. Seuss
Martel, Yann. Beatrice and Virgil. Canongate Books Ltd., 2011.