Beatrice and Virgil

“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.

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       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

Reading Next:

What Was I Scared Of? by Dr. Seuss


Happy Reading,



Martel, Yann. Beatrice and Virgil. Canongate Books Ltd., 2011.



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