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posted on February 23, 2016 at 8:26 pm by Brad Craft

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I’m still shaking from my March pick. Talk about packing a wallop! I read the last intense 100 pages of this book nearly breathlessly, slowly savoring it sentence by sentence, with my suspense meter through the ceiling. In his globally-popular Life of Pi, author YANN MARTEL combined adventure, philosophy, surrealism and love of animals in one big unique tour de force. In his new novel, THE HIGH MOUNTAINS OF PORTUGAL, those elements are separated into three discrete but linked novellas. I won’t say any more. The first is charming, the second is baffling – but the third: that’s the reason this book exists. I roared with laughter. I wept. I gasped. I can’t stop thinking about it. I encourage you to experience the new masterwork by the author of one of the most beloved books of the 21st century.

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THE HIGH MOUNTAINS OF PORTUGAL

by Yann Martel

Regular price $27

20% off at University Book Store

Our price $21.60

 

THREE LINKED TALES FROM THE AUTHOR OF LIFE OF PI

 

“Homeless” is the 1904 adventure of Tomas and that new-fangled contraption, the automobile (practically a character itself), as he journeys in fits and starts into the high mountains of Portugal in search of Father Ulisses’ mysterious, obscene gift to Christianity.

 

“Homeward” in 1938 compares the life of Jesus with a mystery by Agatha Christie, with a plot that builds up to a surreal and nightmarish autopsy.

 

But “Home,” his novella about what happens to a Canadian senator in 1981 when he visits a primate center in Oklahoma, is where his love of animals takes over, and it’s simply a masterpiece, exhilarating and profound and deeply touching. Literature just doesn’t get any better than this.

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Monday, March 28, 6 pm