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  1. says: EBOOK / PDF [The High Mountains of Portugal] Yann Martel ✓ 9 Review

    EBOOK / PDF [The High Mountains of Portugal] This Book Hurt My Brain But I Liked ItIf you’re like me you enjoyed Life of Pi for its story than for its mind games with math and metaphysics You might have appreciated those aspects but you also probably shrugg

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    Read & download The High Mountains of Portugal EBOOK / PDF [The High Mountains of Portugal] Yann Martel’s latest novel The High Mountains of Portugal is crap It’s split into three sections set at different points of the twentieth century 1904 1938 and sometime in the early 1980s Each section is set in rural Portugal and features a chimp at crucial points of the three stories Also I have no idea what the point of this novel is So I went back to the blurb and re read that this is a novel about faith and love

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    Read & download The High Mountains of Portugal EBOOK / PDF [The High Mountains of Portugal] Yann Martel ✓ 9 Review I'm at a loss for how to rate this book so I'm not going to I just don't understand what it's really about It's odd from the beginning with a story of a man who walks backwards as the result of his grief over losing his lover his child and his father Tomas becomes obsessed with an object he reads about in a priests journal a cross A journey reminiscent in a way of Harold Frye meeting people along the way to their destin

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    EBOOK / PDF [The High Mountains of Portugal] Read & download The High Mountains of Portugal It was not even a book It felt like a hostage situation where 3 random stories are kidnapped in the middle of the night forced to stay together against their will violently stitched with a rope and a glue and pretend to be hight literature Yann Martel please Sir move to High Mountains of Portugal and never write another book

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    Summary Ü E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Yann Martel EBOOK / PDF [The High Mountains of Portugal] Hey Yann how's the book coming?Dude it's so good I have this great idea for a characterOh yeah what's he like?Well his wife is deadAnd his son is dead tooOkmaybe we could dig a little deeper?Hewalks backwards everywhere?Oh and the

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    EBOOK / PDF [The High Mountains of Portugal] Is this the real life?Is this just fantasy?Caught in a landslideNo escape from reality Freddie MercuryNo spoilers To fully appreciate this book you are going to have to loosen your conventional grip on terra firma For somebody who cannot abide magical realism I adored this and that is really saying something There are no people flo

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    Yann Martel ✓ 9 Review Summary Ü E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Yann Martel EBOOK / PDF [The High Mountains of Portugal] “In the course of one week – Gaspar died on Monday Dora on Thursday his father on Sunday – his heart became undone like a bursting cocoon Emerging from it came no butterfly but a grey moth that settled on the wall of his soul and stirred no farther”The High Mountains of Portugal is the fourth novel by award winning Spanish

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    Summary Ü E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Yann Martel Yann Martel ✓ 9 Review EBOOK / PDF [The High Mountains of Portugal] Magical surreal mountains of griefYann Martel has done it again He's mixed the mysterious spiritual animal and human together into a

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    Read & download The High Mountains of Portugal Yann Martel ✓ 9 Review EBOOK / PDF [The High Mountains of Portugal] Somehow the word “novelist” doesn’t uite capture Yann Martel’s art If I had to describe what he does I might say he writes storybooks for adults They often have talking animals and a kind of magical realism They can be extraordinaril

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    Read & download The High Mountains of Portugal EBOOK / PDF [The High Mountains of Portugal] Summary Ü E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Yann Martel Pack your bags Fifteen years after “The Life of Pi” Yann Martel is taking us on another long journey Fans of his Man Booker Prize winning novel will recognize familiar themes from that seafaring phenomenon but the iti

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Read & download The High Mountains of Portugal

Summary Ü E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Yann Martel Yann Martel ✓ 9 Review The High Mountains of Portugal Characters à 109 Ry old uest will come to an unexpected conclusionThe High Mountains of Portugal part uest part ghost story part contemporary fable offers a haunting exploration of great love and great loss Filled with tenderness humor and endless surprise it takes the reader on a road trip through Portugal in the last century and through the human so. Somehow the word novelist doesn t uite capture Yann Martel s art If I had to describe what he does I might say he writes storybooks for adults They often have talking animals and a kind of magical realism They can be extraordinarily effective in reflecting us back at ourselves He uestions the ordinary celebrates the fantastic Stories benefit the human mind We understand through stories and each of us interprets a story differently Martel s new novel drops us into a strange and distant land at a time before any of us can claim first hand knowledge While he presents the facts of the case we wonder what knowledge we are meant to bring to aid understanding We listen feeling homeless unsure He then leads us homeward and in the last third we find ourselves uite at home and at peacewith a chimpanzeein PortugalReligious belief the bond animals and humans share and big uestions That s the great enduring challenge of our modern times is it not to marry faith and reason are enduring themes in Martel s work We move through a century in one family s history collecting wisdom only to have to succeeding generations keep the form but not the reason for an added custom like walking backward in a state of grief or the name and circumstance of one they worship as a saint In three parts we have three married couples all of whom have lost one lifelong partner searching for meaning in their grief Grief is a disease We were riddled with its pockmarks tormented by its fevers broken by its blows It ate at us like maggots attacked us like lice we scratched ourselves to the edge of madness In the process we became as withered as crickets as tired as old dogs Martel s stories are always filled with symbolism some sitting on the surface and easy to discover and others discovered only after much contemplation Real issues critical to our understanding of the world are treated with whimsy and humor not scorn or disdain Martel makes the point that neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi makes in his memoir When Breath Becomes Air that the goodness and blind faith reuired of us by religion is too hard to live up to on a daily basis Reason is easier both to comprehend and to use as a kind of measure of goodness Neither faith nor reason is enough on its own neither explains the world adeuately Reason is blind Reason on its own leads us nowhere especially in the face of adversity And what of joy Love Reason doesn t explain those eitherMartel creates a character who suggests that an Agatha Christie murder mystery might combine the two the solution is stories that put reason on brilliant display while keeping one close to Jesus of Nazareth He compares the form of Agatha Christie novels to the gospels and hypothesizes that both are stories with a central murder mystery The facts are laid out with great formality and ceremony but no one ever seems to remember who the murderer is Who killed Jesus It is true that murder mysteries are compulsive reading material for adults as are our bibles whichever religion we examine Martel goes further He takes the central imagic trope in the novel an ancient carved wooden crucifix and proposes us that the figure of Christ on the Cross might actually be a Chimp on the Cross a crudely carved na ve attempt at perspective a statement on the development of man from ape or a challenge that man was pure present and godlike before he developed reason That would be to say nothing of the literal that humans have lorded over and crucified wild animals even those so close in genealogy to ourselves bringing us shame and not salvationMartel has no sacred cows Reviewers have criticized him in the past for challenging the sanctity of well protected myths and histories I find Martel dazzling in his fearlessness rigorous in his thinking and deep in his conclusions He is not dismissive of faith he thinks it both interesting and necessary providing a kind of useful moral structure The formal ritual of organized religion does not impress him architectural modesty best suits the religious sentiment Only song needs to soar in a church anything fancier is human arrogance disguised as faith There is something intoxicating and deeply reassuring about the final section of the book in which is recounted the story of Odo the chimp rescued from the research lab in America s southwest Odo is old and wise enough to have developed a kind of culture and a rudimentary understanding of language He can communicate if not without misunderstandings Odo seems to have no notion of past and future he is all about the present His human companion Peter discovers that he would prefer to become Odo like in his profound simplicity of means and aimsmembers of Peter s own speciesare too noisy too fractious too arrogant too unreliable He much prefers the intense silence of Odo s presence his pensive slowness in whatever he does A couple of last things There is a profoundly affecting marriage consummation scene in this novel which gives readers a glimpse into what kind of man the author is for who else could create such a scene Both husband and wife are virgins he twenty one and she seventeen Sex itself is all still a mystery but they work it out together The bride had never known desire nor where hers lay but her new husband searched for and found her hidden place and they lived and loved passionately ever after Martel makes it beautiful sexy joyous and absolutely right sounding Was there ever an Iberian Rhinocerous I doubt it though he had me believing just a littleI m a fan

Summary Ü E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Yann MartelThe High Mountains of Portugal

Summary Ü E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Yann Martel Yann Martel ✓ 9 Review The High Mountains of Portugal Characters à 109 In Lisbon in 1904 a young man named Tomás discovers an old journal It hints at the existence of an extraordinary artifact that if he can find it would redefine history Traveling in one of Europe’s earliest automobiles he sets out in search of this strange treasureThirty five years later a Portuguese pathologist devoted to the murde. Yann Martel s latest novel The High Mountains of Portugal is crap It s split into three sections set at different points of the twentieth century 1904 1938 and sometime in the early 1980s Each section is set in rural Portugal and features a chimp at crucial points of the three stories Also I have no idea what the point of this novel is So I went back to the blurb and re read that this is a novel about faith and love and loss I get the feeling that the reason why this book is described in this broad wishy washy way is because neither the publisher nor the author knows what the hell it s about either Let s look at each of the three sections they re loosely connected but they don t add up to anything by the end The first section is the most trying by far I can see why some readers would abandon the novel during this part as it is interminable A grief stricken man called Tomas discovers the journal of a 17th century priest who observed the slave trade in Africa and goes on a road trip to a remote Portuguese mountain village to find a special religious artifact What follows is roughly 100 pages of description on how a fucking car works I know contextually this would be an alien contraption to most people back then 1904 but do today s audience need to suffer and you will SUFFER page after page of mind numbingly tedious descriptions of how a car operates The answer is no but that s what you get anyway The story is uickly finished off with a baffling and flat finale Thank goodness then that that go nowhere plotline is abandoned entirely The bad news is that the rest of the book only marginally improves from here on out The second section is set on New Year s Eve 1938 and features a pathologist and his wife talking in the pathologist s office His wife has a really well thought out speech comparing Agatha Christie s novels to Jesus Christ that was genuinely fascinating though the reason why she came up with it is completely stupid She leaves the pathologist conducts an autopsy there s some bonkers magical realist stuff and then it s over Not great but better than the nothing that was the first section The third and final part of the novel is set in the 1980s and features a Canadian senator whose wife has recently passed away Through some contrivances he winds up with a chimp called Odo and decides to visit the rural Portuguese mountain village his ancestors were from This part of the novel was the best if only for the adorable descriptions of Odo s behaviour so cute Some tenuous links are made to connect the three sections and the book s over It s so underwhelming What bothered me by far was the goddamn Literary ness of the whole enterprise Tomas decides to walk backwards from now on He decides to go on this strange uest with even stranger goals The pathologist s wife has a lengthy speech contrasting Agatha Christie and Jesus Christ The pathologist autopsies a corpse and finds extraordinary things contained within the body The senator apropos of nothing throws away his career buys a chimp goes to Portugal and spends his days hiking with the chimp The ending of the senator s story in particular that image you ll see if you read this Why to any of that Because it s Literary and uirky What twee garbageI ve honestly spent time trying to figure out what this novel is about and I ve gotten nowhere Maybe it s about how animals particularly primates embody a purity that is the ideal of Christianity better than human believers and we should aspire to something like that Maybe animals are holyspiritual than humans could ever be or civilisation dilutes belief I don t want to say love and loss make us do weird things because that s too banal though both themes feature prominently throughout to no effect The repeated imagery of chimps went right past me I have no idea what relevance if any chimps have in Portugal All I can say is that this book left no impression on me besides a certainty that though I may have enjoyed Life of Pi years ago it ll be a long long time before I pick up another Yann Martel novel again The Agatha Christie speech and some of the Odo passages were good but those are a small part of this extremely precious insubstantial book full of ambiguity for ambiguity s sake Boring and empty of ideas let alone possessing a compelling story or interesting characters The High Mountains of Portugal is utter rubbish

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Summary Ü E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Yann Martel Yann Martel ✓ 9 Review The High Mountains of Portugal Characters à 109 R mysteries of Agatha Christie finds himself at the center of a mystery of his own and drawn into the conseuences of Tomás’s uestFifty years on a Canadian senator takes refuge in his ancestral village in northern Portugal grieving the loss of his beloved wife But he arrives with an unusual companion a chimpanzee And there the centu. Hey Yann how s the book comingDude it s so good I have this great idea for a characterOh yeah what s he likeWell his wife is deadAnd his son is dead tooOkmaybe we could dig a little deeperHewalks backwards everywhereOh and the best part he s a total technophobe and he has to drive this crazy car made of elephant parts Ahahaha I crack myself up sometimes Anyway I was thinking the book could double as a driving instruction manual I ve got pages of just learning how to drive it s so next level In the future all books will double as driving instruction manualsUmOh how stupid of me I haven t told you about my next characterOk what s he likeHis wife s dead too But We don t know it immediately It s pretty slickAndAnd he loves Agatha Christie Isn t that wildSureany other charactersYes There s a guy and hisWife is deadYes how d you knowJust a guessBut I wanted this guy to be uniue different than the others So I made him CanadianAnd he has a monkey Ahaha I m cracking myself up againOk how about female characters Got any of thoseDude tons Check it out There s the first guy s girl and she doesn t want to marry him because she s a servant and then she diesAnything else about herI thought the death thing could be like her defining characteristic I didn t want to muddy that up with detailsOk I guessBut then the second guy s wife is super religious and also into Agatha Christie It s like a passion they share that s how the readers will know they re an amazing couple She has this whole thing about Christie and Jesus it is the highlight of the bookOh so she s notDead Of course she is But that one s the fake out That s why I put in the Jesus and Agatha stuff to throw readers offAnd of course there s the last guys wifeWell you told me she s dead but what elseNothing That s the beauty of it She is purely dead no messy details But I named her Clara isn t that a beautiful name I thought that would really drive the grief homeSo it seems like there s a theme going on hereYes totally I knew you would get it It s about grief and love and faith and they re all kind of on a uest but not after anything really important They re all just so sadUmOh and there s some random monkeys I like monkeysAnd you can get 300 pages out of thisDude of courseOkay we can sell it Send it to the printer

  • Hardcover
  • 332
  • The High Mountains of Portugal
  • Yann Martel
  • English
  • 11 June 2018
  • 9780812997170