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Words of a Bibliophile

"It's only words, and words are all I have, to take your heart away." —Bee Gees

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Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel

Beatrice and Virgil: A Novel - Yann Martel

One would think the story presents animal suffering as an allegory for the Holocaust, but in the narrative Henry says the Holocaust was an allegory for animal suffering. Which one is it?

I finished reading this in a bus ride to work and as I closed the book I was still thinking hard about it. Maybe until now. Why did the taxidermist share his play with Henry? He knew Henry wrote novels with animals in them, but what were the odds he knew Henry's failed, unpublished novel was, like his play, about the Holocaust? What was his goal, why did he stab Henry and kill himself? Regret? Remorse? Then what was he trying to say by killing Beatrice and Virgil in the end?

I think I'll spend a lot of time thinking and formulating the answers to these questions.

It was painful to read about the animal torture. And the "Games for Gustav" were also painful but outstanding.