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Louise

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Beatrice & Virgil

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Henry’s second novel, written, like his first, under a pen name, had done well. Yann Martel’s astonishing new novel begins with a successful writer attempting to publish his latest book, made up of a novel and an essay. Henry plans for it to be a “flip book” that the reader can start at either end, reading the novel or the essay first, because both pieces are equally concerned with representations of the Holocaust. But no one is sympathetic to his provocative idea.

    Ella says: "Disturbing, Bizarre, Brilliant"
    "Speech and Essence"
    Overall

    Science itself finds that trauma is harder to talk about the worse it is. Something about the pain itself causes speech to be blocked to varying degrees. Then there is the difficulty of expressing what nearly cannot be expressed to people who can barely relate to it, further isolating from hope the survivors of the trauma. Working to express such difficult material is a service. This book is a practical tool, a tool that works on a deep level, where you might not be quite sure how it facilitates such speech, but so it does.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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