ARC ! Yann Martel’s The High Mountains of Portugal – Now Claimed – thanks!
December 14, 2015
Like Life of PI, Martel’s new book, coming in February, is a deeply allegorical but modern tale centered around iconic animals and characters of tragic destiny, this time involving three stories whose connection is revealed at the end. The first section, Homeless, which takes place in rural Portugal in 1904, also uses the historical background of people’s fascinated revulsion to the newly invented automobile to great effect. I have the physical ARC for first claimant. Thanks!
Martel, Yann. The High Mountains of Portugal. Spiegel & Grau, 2016.
The author of the bestselling Life of Pi returns to the storytelling power and luminous wisdom of his master novel. 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 treasure. Thirty-five years later, a Portuguese pathologist devoted to the murder mysteries of Agatha Christie finds himself at the center of a mystery of his own and drawn into the consequences of Tomás’s quest.Fifty 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 century-old quest will come to an unexpected conclusion. The High Mountains of Portugal –part quest, 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 soul.